Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Applications from Fulton County Schools are available beginning Jan. 4.
Wednesday, January 2
For parents who wish to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer or to renew a current hardship to another Fulton elementary, middle or high school for their children, applications are available beginning Jan. 4 and are due Feb. 15. Parents can use an online form, available through the “Parents” section of the Fulton school system’s web site, to enter their information and then print it to obtain signatures and/or supporting documentation. Although using the online form will help expedite processing time, applications also can be picked up at all schools as well as the Fulton County Schools Administrative Center. The deadline for submitting a transfer application is Feb. 15 by 4:30 p.m., with no exceptions or extensions granted. All requests…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Winter break starts this week.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Fulton County school system, including public schools in Alpharetta and Milton, will close for winter break this week, Thursday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Jan. 3. While administrative offices and schools will re-open Friday, Jan. 4, a teacher workday, students will not return until classes resume on Monday, Jan. 7. See also: Fulton Schools Adopt Calendars for Next Two Years
Monday, December 17, 2012
School board grants employees a one-time special payment.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Just in time for the holidays, Fulton County School System employees will find a nice surprise in their December paycheck – a little extra money. At its Thursday meeting, the Fulton County School Board unanimously approved a plan to grant a one-time special payment to all current employees who have been employed since Oct. 1 and who work at least half-time. The payment is made possible due to a projection of available funds in the Fiscal Year 2013 fund balance. Most full-time employees will receive 3 percent of their base salary. Employees who work in a full-time position but make less than $16,667 annually will receive $500 while those working less than full-time will receive a pro-rated amount based on their work assignment. However, no…
The Fulton County Board of Education considers the possible end of the school's charter.
Fulton Science Academy High School will have its hearing on the possible termination of its charter on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The hearing will be 10 a.m. at the school system’s Administrative Center, located at 786 Cleveland Avenue SW in Atlanta. On Dec. 4, Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa delivered an audit report to the school board at their work session. Based on the audit report, Avossa said he would recommend terminating the public charter school's contract,. That would close the school at the end of the current school year. A week later, on Dec. 11. the school board voted to pursue terminating the Fulton Science Academy High charter. The school's governing board was offered the opportunity of a hearing on Dec. 18. On Thursday, …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Fulton County Schools' Superintendent and its Board are looking to close the public charter school by ending its contract.
Fulton Science Academy High School's Governing Board has told Fulton County Schools that it wants to address a negative audit report at the Fulton County Board of Education's Dec. 18 meeting. "The Board has determined that we will do the right thing by taking the necessary steps to keep this charter school open," said Board Chairman Randall Morgan. "First and foremost, it is our intent to offer parents, and our children, the choice to pursue a first rate education. This charter school does just that and we appreciate the opportunity to present the facts to the school board." The audit report was the basis for Superintendent Robert Avossa's recommendation that the Board of Education vote to push for closing Fulton Science Academy High at …
Reports say a gunman took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children before he killed himself at a Connecticut elementary school.
UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:35 a.m. - A shooting rampage in Connecticut, Friday morning, Dec. 14, left 27 people dead at an elementary school, including 20 children, according to numerous media reports. In a story for the Washington Post, the Associated Press said the shooter had several guns during the rampage. Newtown Patch says gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed himself. Other media outlets, who incorrectly labled Adam's brother Ryan Lanza the shooter at first, say Adam first killed his mother at the home he shared with her before driving her car to the school where she was a substitute teacher and beginning his spree. Newtown Patch says officials are expected provide additional details and victims' names on Saturday. The AP …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Fulton Science Academy High School's governing board meets Thursday to make its decision on whether they want a hearing before the Fulton County Board of Education.
Fulton Science Academy High School's governing board will decide whether the school will ask for a hearing to fight a push by Fulton County Schools to close the school by terminating its charter contract. Principal Namik Sercan said the public school's governing board is working on its written response to each allegation raised in the IAG audit. The formal decision to appeal will be made Thurdsay, Dec. 13, he said, while the response will take a few more days to finalize. Sercan, responding to questions about the audit report's claims that Fulton Science Academy High failed to meet enrollment requirements, said its enrollment has grown for five years out of seven. The two years that showed declining enrollment were when its charter renewal…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Several school board members won't have a meeting in December.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community. The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns. Board members have set the following meeting dates for December 2012: Linda Schultz, District 1 Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Sweet Apple Elementary School Katie Reeves, District 2 Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Creek View Elementary School Gail Dean, District 3 No meeting in December Linda Bryant, District 4 No meeting in December Linda McCain, District 5 No meeting in December Catherine Maddox, District 6 Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. Conley Hills Elementary …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Robert Avossa today will present to the Fulton School Board an auditor's report in support of a letter of termination of the public charter school's contract he plans to send to the school.
Fulton Science Academy High School will close at the end of the school year if the Fulton School Board agrees the school's charter contract has been violated and the school must close. Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa is expected to ask the Fulton School Board to terminate the charter school contract with Fulton Science Academy High School in Alpharetta during a work session today. Avossa wrote a letter dated Dec. 4 that detailed reasons for the termination recommendation, many of which mirrored reasons given when Fulton Science Academy Middle School was unable to renew its charter. This letter is part of the supporting documents posted with the Dec. 4 work session agenda for the Fulton School Board. "This action is necessary …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The city had scheduled a hearing at 6 p.m. today, Dec. 3, on the public charter school's plans, but cancelled today's hearing to ensure the public has more notification about it.
The Amana Academy $10 million bond issue hearing originally scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. today, Dec. 3 has been postponed, the city of Alpharetta announced this afternoon. "This action is being taken by the City of Alpharetta to ensure enhanced notification to the public as to the time and place at which the hearing will occur. A revised hearing schedule has not been determined at this time," said the notice issued by Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard. The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 requires a public hearing as a pre-condition for the exclusion from gross income for federal income tax purposes of interest on all qualified private activity bonds, according to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. …