Preliminary budget nearly $204 million, $41.7 million more than 4 years ago; includes $10 million more in pay and benefits for FY18
The Fayette County Board of Education is gearing up to consider the budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Still in the proposal stage, the budget viewed by the school board at the May 22 meeting showed revenues of approximately $203.7 million with identical expenditures. Two years ago, the school budget was $184 million. That went […]
BoE member Leonard Presberg
Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg (D-District 4) contends that the 50 percent local school tax deduction available to people age 65 and above represents a growing trend, in terms of school system revenues, that the community should be aware of for the future. Fayette County residents age 65 and older can sign […]
For some students, school lunches are the main meal of the day. So what happens when school is out for the summer? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a Summer Food Services Program for eligible students where they can receive nutritious free meals at locations throughout the nation, including Fayette County. Students who […]
Representatives of AVPride on April 24 updated the Fayette County Board of Education on the issues with social hosting by adults.
Members of the Fayette County Board of Education on April 24 heard from representatives of AVPride about the legal issues for adults who allow underage drinking. The social hosting ordinance in Fayette County is structured to prohibit adults from hosting or allowing events at any residence or location where they know or reasonably should know […]
Current penny tax for schools expires in 2019; vote in Nov.?
The Fayette County Board of Education is looking to put a continued ESPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax) question on the November ballot. The current ESPLOST expires in March 2019, with the school board at the April 10 work session reviewing the idea of continuing the sales tax initiative. The final decision for […]
The story so far: Fayette school chief bypasses 3 lower bids to select turf provider for 4 stadiums; low bidder’s story told on Fox 5 TV; Barrow defends award, but slams bidder, TV report A story last week in The Citizen about the “turf war” between Atlanta television station Fox 5 and the Fayette County […]
A recent letter to the editor from a McIntosh High School student concerned about the inability to hold field sports at the school was addressed by Assistant Superintendent Mike Sanders. The student’s letter noted that events such as long jump, pole vault and high jump were disrupted and field event locations destroyed during the installation […]
A March 27 television interview with an unsuccessful bidder for turf fields at four Fayette County high schools had the bidder saying he “smelled a rat” and Fox 5 saying they could not get answers about the bid choice. The Fayette County School System fired back with a letter on March 28 saying the […]
The Fayette County Board of Education on March 20 approved more than $19 million for renovations for Starr’s Mill High School and Rising Starr Middle School. Pictured, from left, are board members Brian Anderson, Scott Hollowell, Superintendent Jody Barrow, Chairman Barry Marchman and board members Diane Basham and Leonard Presberg.
The Fayette County Board of Education on March 20 approved $19.2 million for the large renovation project as Starr’s Mill High School and the adjacent Rising Starr Middle School. Facilities Director Mike Satterfield in explaining the specifics of the projects noted a wide-ranging number of components that will make up the overall renovation work. It […]
Coweta County voters had their say on March 21 and approved the continuation of the Coweta County School System’s ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). The five-year ESPLOST continuation received nearly two-thirds of the votes, with 62.65 percent of voters supporting the initiative and with 37.35 percent in opposition. A total of […]