Coweta BOE tentatively adopts $165.7 million budget

The Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday voted to tentatively approve a $165.7 million general fund budget for the 2010-11 school year. Final approval is expected June 22. The upcoming budget is approximately $6.5 million less than the $172.2 million operational budget adopted by the board in June 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year, said […]

Retiring Coweta School System employees honored

The attendees at the June 1 Coweta County School System annual retirement banquet, honoring 57 retirees from Coweta Schools, were from left to right, 1st row, Dana Anthony (Madras Middle), Minerva Beadles (East Coweta High), Anne Bond (Ruth Hill Elementary), Kathy Bizarth (Newnan High), Tim Britt (Newnan High), Martha Lee Child (Atkinson Elementary), Evelyn Clark […]

Superintendent search so far yields 32 names

The search for the replacement for Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is well underway. Board members have received applications and are currently vetting those submissions. Hired in the spring, the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) received, reviewed and screened applications and conducted reference checks on the top candidates. The applications of 32 people […]

BoE chair Terri Smith makes $12.2 million ‘oops’ on campaign form

If you were to examine the state-required financial disclosure statements filed 10 months apart in 2008 by Fayette County Board of Education Chair Terri Smith, you would discover a difference. A $12.2 million difference. Smith chalked the discrepancies up to “paperwork error.” Smith said the state financial disclosure statement filed in January 2008 was amended […]

No significant changes coming in Coweta class sizes

The Georgia State Board of Education (SBOE) cut local school systems a major break Monday in terms of required class sizes. But Coweta County schools will likely be unaffected because class sizes should remain essentially the same as this year. Class size is always a big issue for educators. The State Board of Education Monday […]

Coweta schools first day is Aug. 9

The Coweta County Board of Education has approved changes to the 2010-11 school system calendar and has established Monday, August 9 as the first day of school for the upcoming school year. School system Public Information Officer Dean Jackson said the Board made that and other minor calendar changes in a called meeting on Friday. […]

DeCotis puts kibosh on ethics brawl

It went from verbal brawl to closed lips, and it took little more than a whisper from the guy in charge. Brief comments Tuesday night by Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis appeared to effectively rein in charges and counter charges on alleged ethics issues by board members against board members in the past two […]