Charter schools amendment on ballot draws heat

Sue Ella Deadwyler. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Long-time Georgia political commentator and creator Sue Ella Deadwyler had her sights set Monday night on the defeat of the charter schools amendment that will go before voters on Nov. 6.

The main thrust of Deadwyler’s comments before approximately 50 people at the Harvest Christian Community Center in Fayetteville dealt with her position that charter schools are unconstitutional and that they compromise the local control of boards of education. Read More»

PTO presidents get ESPLOST info from Sup’t. Bearden at Fayette Chamber

PTO presidents get ESPLOST info from Sup’t. Bearden at Fayette Chamber

PTO presidents representing Fayette County schools packed the house at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce last month as Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden addressed immediate challenges facing the public school system.

Topics included updates on the school redistricting process, school finances and budget and information on November election issues including the ESPLOST and the Charter Schools Amendment.

Dr. Bearden spoke at length about what the current ESPLOST has funded and how the continued ESPLOST, if approved Nov. 6, would be used. Read More»

Reigning at McIntosh Homecoming victory

Reigning at McIntosh Homecoming victory

McIntosh won its homecoming game Sept. 28 against Mundy’s Mill 23-18 (story on Page C8 in the Wednesday print edition). At halftime, the homecoming court was announced. The homecoming queen is Saharra Griffin and the homecoming king is Demetrius DeMoors. Photo/Michael Boylan.

McIntosh HS JV girls volleyball team finishes season unbeaten

McIntosh HS JV girls volleyball team finishes season unbeaten

McIntosh High School Lady Chief’s JV Volleyball team gives the “We are Number One” sign after finishing their season undefeated last week when they beat Landmark in a tie-breaking set. The Lady Chiefs played about 30 matches since the season began on the first day of school. They won every match but five in two sets. Photo/Ralph Trapaga.

Northgate lands top score in 2012 SAT

Coweta County’s SAT scores for 2012 are in. The results show Northgate High School with an average score of 1,528, the highest average of the county’s three high schools.

Coweta County School System spokesman Dean Jackson said the SAT results at Northgate High topped the county list in 2012 with an average score of 1,528. Newnan High followed with an average of 1,475 and an average of 1,428 at East Coweta High. The combined county average was 1,476. That figure was 24 points higher than the state average, Jackson said. Read More»

27 schools represented on Fayette’s redistricting committee

All but two of the county’s 29 schools have a parent representative on the committee charged with the task of recommending potential changes in Fayette County school attendance boundaries, according to a list furnished by Superintendent Jeffrey Bearden at The Citizen’s request. Read More»

Starr’s Mill debaters bring home awards

Starr’s Mill debaters bring home awards

Starr’s Mill High School Speech and Debate Team kicked off their season with wins at the Griffin High School Debate Tournament. Pictured are (left to right) Valerie Harrison who took home 3rd place in Extemporaneous Speaking; Daniel Temple and Jake Martin, who won 1st place in Public Forum Debate and 1st and 2nd place speaker points; and Lexi Nails, who took home 3rd place in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and 5th place speaker points. Photo/Amanda Nails, Burch Elementary P.E.

Coweta school enrollment up

The Coweta County School System began the new school year with an increase in student enrollment. While not a matter of significant importance in previous years when the local and state economies were booming, any increase in enrollment today shows that the lingering recession is not as problematic to Coweta as it is to some of its neighbors.

Coweta schools at the end of the 2011-2012 school year had an enrollment of 22,498 students. That number in August at the beginning of the current school year had increased to 22,700, representing the addition of just over 200 students. Read More»

Sandy Creek SkillsUSA is Big Winner at State Conference

The SkillsUSA Chapter at Sandy Creek High has set the stage for what could be one of its most successful years yet.

Fresh from the 2012 SkillsUSA Georgia Fall Leadership Conference held on St. Simon’s Island September 13-15, the chapter is celebrating two major state awards: Largest Membership in Georgia and Chapter Image, an award based on overall chapter spirit, professionalism, and conduct during the conference. Approximately 900 students statewide participated. Read More»

In the pink for McIntosh green

In the pink for McIntosh green

There was plenty to cheer about Friday at McIntosh. The Chiefs improved to 3-0, their best start in recent memory, and the school celebrated with a “Pink Out” to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Last week, fall sports teams were allowed to raise money and wear pink for the foundation whose mission is to save lives through early detection. For more on the Chiefs’ win and this Friday’s game, see the story on Page D1 in this week's The Citizen. Second photo: McIntosh Chiefs students cheer on the winners. Photos/Maddie Mercer.



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