Friday, March 29, 2013
Alpharetta, Milton and Fulton Science High students will participate in the summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.
Eighty-five Fulton County high school students, including 22 from schools in Alpharetta and Milton, have been selected as finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, the Georgia Department of Education recently announced. The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors that takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2013 program will be the 50th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation. The 85 Fulton students were chosen out of the nearly 3,000 students from across the state who interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February. From those and from those nominees, 690 finalists were…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The bank claims the schools are in default on an $18.9 million loan.
Three schools are being sued in federal court by Wells Fargo over an $18.9 million loan default. Fulton Science Academy, Fulton Sunshine Academy and Fulton Educational Services (which operates Fulton Science Academy High), are named in the civil suit filed in U.S. District Court on Dec. 17, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. On. Nov. 1, 2011, the defendants entered an agreement that appointed New York Mellon as trustee of bonds to finance a project to buy land and build a new school. On March 30 2012, Wells Fargo took over as trustee. A real estate deed was used to secure the debt. "Defendants have failed to meet their repayment obligations for those funds under the terms of the Note. The Note has been accelerated with payment in …
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 …
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…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The online sessions given students in the AP U.S. history curriculum the chance to hear from some of the nation's best teachers and scholars
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By Namik Sercan, Fulton Science Academy High Principal AP U.S. history students at Fulton Science Academy High School recently participated in a webinar with Professor Michael Schwartz of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, part of an Ashbrook Center initiative to bring some of the nation’s best scholars and teachers of American history into the high school classroom. Professor Schwartz, who teaches classes in early American history at Ashland, joined the class via the WebEx web conference platform which allows students to see, hear, and speak with professors live and online. The webinars have been designed to track with the AP U.S. history curriculum. Students prepared for the session by reading assigned primary source …
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 …