Fayette Supt. John DeCotis is calling it quits

Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is stepping down as head of the 22,000 student system when his contract expires June 30 this year, The Citizen has learned. He will ask the Board of Education not to renew his three-year contract, The Citizen has learned from multiple sources. The current contract began July 1, […]

School budget in 2011 may be cut $10.3M

The Fayette County Board of Education heard last week its funding next fiscal year could be more than $10.3 million less than what it currently gets, bad news for a system already reeling from $12.65 million in cuts so far this year. Comptroller Laura Brock at the Jan. 26 meeting gave the board a look […]

BoE hopes for 4% cushion in 2010 budget

So far, so good, for the Fayette County School System, at least in terms of the projected fund balance for the year ending June 30. Barring any funding changes the school system might show a balance of $7.88 million in the general fund by the middle of this calendar year, about 4 percent of the […]

School board looks at further use for East Fayette

The oldest school building in Fayette County still has some life in it, despite having lost all its students. School Board members last week seemed to be amenable to the idea of having the school system’s Facilities Services department relocated to the former East Fayette Elementary School. The board is expected to make a decision […]

School system to meet with legislators

School system officials are preparing to meet with the Fayette County delegation in the General Assembly to make their feelings known on a half dozen issues of concern. The planned meeting was announced by Superintendent John DeCotis at Monday’s school board meeting. Topics for discussion with legislators at the Feb. 11 meeting include special interest […]

A big ‘if’ looming for local schools

As it stands now, and if nothing changes between now and then, the Fayette County School System will end the fiscal year June 30 with a fund balance of approximately $6.87 million. But that’s a big “if,” considering the state of the Georgia economy. A financial report Dec. 14 by Comptroller Laura Brock to members […]

$10 million E-SPLOST income exceeds BoE expectations

Fayette schools 1-cent sales tax revenues are approaching $10 million since collections began coming in during May. Thus far approximately $1 million has been spent on technology, textbook purchases and computers. School system Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education Dec. 14 that revenues from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax […]

Schools catching more out-of-county students

Fayette County is still having issues with out-of-county students attending school here. A report heard by school board members Monday night showed that 51 students so far this school year have withdrawn after being found not to have legal residency. Pupil Personnel Services Director Barbara Serapion told board members that of 94 referrals during the […]

F’ville approves consultant study on re-development

The Fayetteville City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting approved the hire of a consultant group to pursue a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) supplemental grant that will focus on re-development in three targeted commercial areas. Atlanta-based Urban Collage will assist city staff on re-development options for some of the city’s older commercial areas such as […]