What’s next for Fayette schools?

With Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis retiring by July 1, the Board of Education must find his replacement. So how will that decision be made? The board will obviously have the final hiring decision, but there are several available options that could result in coming up with one or more viable candidates for the […]

Schools brace for $11 million cut in funding

Falling local tax receipts and cuts in state funding may add up to $11 million less total revenue available to spend on Fayette County schools beginning in July, the Fayette County Board of Education has been told. School system Comptroller Laura Brock at the Feb. 9 meeting provided board members with an initial local revenue […]

School board approves East Fayette for other uses

The Fayette County Board of Education last week agreed to having the school system’s Facilities Services department relocated to the former East Fayette Elementary School. The measure was approved on a 5-0 vote. Facilities Services Director Mike Satterfield in a Jan. 20 letter said his department was recommending the consolidation of all its offices, workshops […]

Officials: DeCotis will be missed

In terms of public education in Fayette County, the announced resignation by school Superintendent Dr. John DeCotis on Wednesday represents the end of an era. A 31-year veteran of Fayette County schools, DeCotis said his resignation will take effect at the end of his contract term that expires June 30. DeCotis in his 31 years […]

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 […]