BoE says, ‘What’s the hurry?’

Tue, 11/13/2007 - 5:22pm
By: John Thompson

Fayette School Board delays elementary school boundary line redrawing to December; East Fayette closing draws criticism from BoE’s Smola

Before a large crowd at McIntosh High School’s auditorium Monday night, the Fayette County Board of Education made its opinion quite clear on new boundaries for the system’s elementary schools.

“What’s the hurry?” wondered board member Janet Smola.

The board got its first glimpse at two maps that could send at least 2,000 students to new schools next fall. The maps are the result of six months of work by a 28-member committee charged with redrawing the lines to accommodate two new elementary schools.

But after hearing the presentation, school board members had far more questions than answers.

“I’ve got about six pages of questions that I’ve already written down,” said board Chairman Terri Smith.

Smola also took issue with the committee’s recommendations to close East Fayette Elementary.

“We never mentioned closing a school. The bond issue said we would open two new schools,” she said.


The board was presented with two options. Option A would close East Fayette and repurpose the schools for programs that are currently held at the LaFayette Educational Center.

“A third of the East Fayette students would go to the new school at Inman, a third would go to Spring Hill and a third would go to Minter,” said Coordinator of Safety and Discipline C.W. Campbell.

Assistant Superintendent Sam Sweat said this option would move about 25 percent of the county’ students, which amounts to more than 2,200 students.


Option B keeps East Fayette open and moves about 20 percent of the students. Spring Hill, Inman and Minter would all be small schools with just over 300 students at the schools.

In addition to recommending the boundary maps, the committee made several other recommendations including:

• An open house held at all elementary schools in the spring.

• The board would create a task force to study the West Village in Peachtree City.

• Students will attend the school in their attendance area. Students currently on special permission will need to reapply to attend school out of their attendance area. Consideration will be given to hardship cases only.

• Any new growth in the West Village above MacDuff Parkway will attend Crabapple Elementary.

• If East Fayette Elementary remains open, do not use the back wing or the outside classrooms.

The committee member who represented East Fayette, Mitch Davis, addressed the board about the closing of his school.

“We’re in one of best school systems in the country. The committee prefers option A and we urge you to do what’s best for the entire school system,” he said.

Committee member Cele Eifert said there also needed to be a de-briefing between the committee members and school board members to analyze the process and determine what went right and what went wrong.

The board decided to conduct the debriefing, along with a question and answer session with the committee Nov. 26. The public forum on the boundaries is tentatively set for Dec. 10.

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Submitted by sloopy on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 10:00pm.

To everyone who is doubting that Sam Sweat is putting his children in schools out of his zone,let me assure you that he is. And not only out of his zone, but not even in the same zone. I heard his wife bragging about this perk a lon time ago. And I would wager that he is thrilled with the idea of closing East Fayette since then he really would be out of the charter one school zone. People of Fayetteville need to unite as well as the PTC snobs have so that our interests will be heard by the BoE too. I am really tired of PTC whining and getting their way. Our parents are just as involved as PTC parents and we have our good schools and our bad schools JUST LIKE PTC!!!!!!!!!!! Closing East Fayette is a huge mistake and I truly believe that it will cause the Fayetteville schools to suffer in many ways. From what I have been able to gather, this rezoning is impacting Fayettville children much more than it is PTC children.I am so glad that the BoE did not blindly agree with Mr Sweat and Mr Campbell on closing East Fayette. I have talked to several families from that school and they do NOT want to lose their school and be bussed out to the country. I hope that the BoE continues to remember that we the tax payers agreed to fund 2 new schools NOT close one. They had better stay with the original plan if they hope to ever see the tax payers vote for another bond in support of any new BoE project. Oh, and to answer someone's question regarding the maps. I understand that each elementary school is receiving a copy of both maps for our veiwing pleasure. Please send your opinions and concerns to the BoE. Let them know we are watching to see that they have ALL of the tax payers best interest at heart - not just the wealthy people with loud voices.

Submitted by Fayette Aggie on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 12:51pm.

I attended the meeting on Monday and left with a sense that there was a good-faith effort by the Committee, FCBOE, and School Board to be objective and take into account many issues, as appropriate. I was encouraged, in other words.

If the situation related to Sam Sweat and his children is true as mentioned in the other comments, then that situation by itself removes all trust related to the redistricting. How can we trust any of the motives, thus how can we trust the outcome?

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 1:02pm.

I agree 100% (if it is true)

I myself no longer have children in the fay county school system,
BUT i still pay school taxes and this bothers me that this is going on. all my children and my self went to fay county.
the county and city gov and BOE need to remember that they answer to the tax payers of the county and city

and we the tax payers need to show up and voice concerns


Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:57am.

In our area, Janet Smola is a misrepresentation of what most in our area want for our children. She got on the board because no on else cared to run. In most homes, both parents work, but people you've GOT to take the time to get good responsible people to run or your children will continue to be casualties of war with the developers. You are also going to have to be really active and vocal about new developement in your area. Mike Smola, Janets husband, voted in a new Wieland subdivision that people were at the Tyrone council meeting screaming at the top of their lungs that didn't want because it would over crowd our schools. We now have trailors at Birch. This past election, we canned him for that in over a 2 to 1 margin for his rival. I don't mean to be mean, but I bet you'de let Brown call Christmas trees anything he wanted if he was back as mayor controling the growth of PTC. As it is, you are up for sale. Stay aware of who is for more development, they are the very people who are displacing your children.

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Submitted by PTC_New_Native on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:19am.

I hate sounding like an elitist but moving to PTC was an educational decision. I didn’t move to Fayetteville or Clayton County for specific reasons. I commute to Alpharetta each day to ensure my children have the best opportunities that life has to offer.

I grew up in the "projects". I don’t want my children to see that side of life if I can help it. This is any parents dream. Why are the schools so much better in PTC vs. other cities around PTC? In a word "Parents". Parents are (by %) more involved in the Childs education, homework and activities.

I understand that the recent events at McIntosh change some of the landscape, I was talking to a co-worker stating my concern and he pulled up the issues at Clayton County schools, specifically Jonesboro. I believe we all need to be involved in the educational process starting with our children and then making the institutions accountable. Let’s not use these institutions as a “Baby Sitting Service”.

I chose a professional city where people were like minded for the most part about education and it is demonstrated in the test scores and college application rates of PTC schools.

I am sure that this will infuriate some people and rightfully so. I hope this anger will incite you to get your community/subdivision/city to start addressing education at home FIRST. I make just enough to allow me to live here but rather than driving a nice BMW, Lexus or Lincoln Navigator, my children attend some of the best educational institutions in Georgia. I have 1 at Huddleston, 1 at Booth and 1 at McIntosh. I am happy with the opportunities afforded my children from the gifted program down to the IEP program.

On a different note, where are the new proposed boundaries? The JPG on the site is difficult to read at a street level. I was hoping to see an overlay and the impact analysis. There seems to be a lot missing from these documents.

As for Sam Sweat driving his child to a different school due to convenience, I gotta call BullSh*t. Leadership by example. If you are zoned for an area, go there; show your confidence in your zoning options. Of all things I have read, the thing that concerns me most is that someone will ignore the rules for zoning (Sam Sweat) and circumvent it because of their position. I think we need to require Sam to start having his children attend the appropriate school.

How many people are going to be inconvenienced with the new redistricting? Will they be able to argue and get the same lenience that Sam Sweat has received?

The More I learn, the Less I know

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Submitted by Xaymaca on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 1:51pm.

Please don't lump Fayetteville and Clayton county together when talking about schools. Look a little closer, PTC is not the only place that good schools inside of Fayette Co. There is a reason I chose to buy a house in Fayetteville vs PTC as well.

-reserved for something more clever to say

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Submitted by PTC_New_Native on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 3:05pm.

My intention was not to lump Clayton with Fayetteville. My goal was to identify the disparity between Fayetteville and PTC. I, like other posters, identified that we could have purchased a much larger home in Fayetteville but decided to go with a very much smaller home to get into the best schools. Booth has won how many NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIADS? I will do this as long as my children are in school then will move closer to my place of employment.

When I started looking, I asked why the disparity in home pricing between two neighboring cities, his response was:

"Education and Crime.

Crime is only slightly higher but graduates of the county school call graduates of PTC schools Boss".

I told him that there could not be that much of a disparity, he then provided me with the complete breakdown of SAT and College application percent. When I find those, I will post them but there is a difference. When you have a city where most residents are college graduates, they tend to be more involved in education. They augment what is presented at the public institutions and ensure that proper study habits are acquired.

I understand you’re vehement and steadfast feelings for your city, like anyone who has made a purchase, they want to feel they have the best option/product.

I found this (BTW I cannot afford to live in the north fulton areas that top the charts hence my commute)(I do what I can)

The More I learn, the Less I know

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Submitted by mother hen on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 10:00am.

Congratulations to you for making some sacrifices to give your kids a better life. Too many parents won't, and you should be commended.

Now I want to beat the long dead horse of the maps. People, look at them. It is absolutely, painfully obvious that the plan shifts students to "equalize demographics." (It isn't about race, it's about socioeconomics, so don't start with me.) The "rich neighborhoods" on the north side of PTC, meaning the kids of the "PTC snobs" whose kids go to Crabapple, are going to be shipped to FRMS and SCHS. Regardless of whether or not the school needs additional students, regardless of whether or not Booth and McIntosh are overcrowded, the kids will go there BECAUSE of the statistics. It's absolute crap, I'm tired of it all, and it's about time the board was challenged about it. It's illegal, it's irresponsible, and it's hurting our kids.

Submitted by timeforchange on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 1:58pm.

It takes years to build excellence and minutes to tear it down. If the FCBOEs goal is to export kids to schools to equalize scores - and let’s face it they already started with Bennett’s Mill – that is wrong. North Peachtree City kids will not go to Sandy Creek they will keep on trucking to Landmark and Woodward that I guarantee. Before you say “good” that frees up the schools for others remember without good schools Fayette County is just another inferior suthside county with zero attraction for families. By having two Blue Ribbon schools in PTC, Kedron and McIntosh all of Fayette County benefits. Let’s stick together and tell the BOE that in the space of two years they will have built two schools in the wrong place. The kids at Birch will suffer another year of overcrowding without an equal education while the rest of the kids will be enduring a bus tour of the countryside on their way to Inman. Accountability has to be the key.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 9:22pm.

1. look who you voted,or didn't, on the school board. Janet Smola just loves to talk, no one ran against here because they didn't care about their kids. Smith's husband is/was a silent partner in TCGY holdings/ Burt clark was the front man, A developer.

2. You guys are gonna have to watch all new developement, go to town hall and STOP IT! You are up for sale!

3. It is hard to find land in PTC for sale.

4. It makes a real good selling point for the developers when you put it in the middle of no where, the land is cheap and they can halk their neighbor hood school in their flyers for their new subdivsions. Look at the only person that voted against the schools there. Marion Key...does she have developer ties? Nope!

Submitted by Fayette Resident on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 10:25am.

Okay, I have read every article about school redistricting since the discussion began about the opening of a new elementary school in the Inman area after the last elementary school redistricting took place. Let me first say that I do not have children in elementary school, but I am concerned about the quality of the education system in Fayette County in order to maintain the standard of living and retain or increase my property's value. I have lived in this County for longer than most of you posting to this board. (30 plus years). Welcome to Fayette County. Isn't it great that the "gates" were not closed at some point in time and the development stopped just prior to you or your family moving into Fayette County. Fayette County is a great place to live. Do I wish that different development had taken place over the years? Sure. Have I stood before Council Meetings and School Board Meetings to make my opinion known over the years? Yes.

Enough with the introduction. This redistricting argument is so predictable. With every redistricting decision there will be groups of parents who passionately want their children to remain in their school district. I would fight for the right of my child to do so if I wanted him or her to stay in the same district. Unfortunately, with all of the growth throughout the past 30 plus years, there have been many new elementary schools that have opened and caused hundreds of students to be redistricted with each new school opening. That means when your families moved into the district, they caused a little more growth which eventually caused a new elementary school to be built.

Submitted by Fayette Resident on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 10:26am.

People have been singing the praises of Marion Key. Be careful what you praise. She is very predictable in her actions. She will approve the appointment of a committee to create boundaries, then in the eleventh hour be persuaded by a group of parents that the entire process is incorrect and people will start to sing her praises. Observe the redistricting lines when Whitewater High School was opened. Look at the lines going down Ebenezer Church Road toward Peachtree City. Could it be that she wanted her property to be the last property allowed into the new high school and removed from Fayette County?

FAYETTE COUNTY has a school system. PEACHTREE CITY does not. Every time redistricting becomes an issue, there are parents in Peachtree City who state “My realtor told me that I would always be attending this or that school.” That comment is not the fault of the School Board. It is the fault of the realtor.

Many people are asking “Why was Inman Elementary built when the schools are not even filled to capacity?” Do some homework. School planning must take place years in advance. My guess is that Inman Elementary was on the drawing board at least five years ago. No one can predict when the population of the county will begin to grow at a much slower pace. It was going to happen sooner or later that there would be an elementary school built that might not be needed at the time it opens. Think of the complaints that would come forth if the school board had not planned an elementary school and the population of Fayette County grew in double digits over the past 5 years. People would be asking them why they did not plan ahead.

Submitted by Fayette Resident on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 10:28am.

Proper facility planning takes places years before the students arrive. Be thankful we are not in the situation that Gwinnett County finds themselves faced with. I don’t think I would trade places. One extra elementary school may not be that bad.

For those of you who are so upset about them thinking of closing East Fayette. Is it really such a bad idea to close the aging facility? Or, do you feel that the facility should remain open simply because that would allow your son or daughter to attend a much newer facility? I have been in the East Fayette facility many times over the past 30 years and it is time for either major improvements to be done or for the school to be closed. The cost to the taxpayers is probably much less to close the school and move the entire faculty to the new Inman Elementary. This total transfer will cause much less problems because the faculty will be cohesive and will have worked together. I thought it was a great idea.

My children were moved to other schools during the school years. Did it take some adjusting? Sure. Did they survive? Sure. Did they have to make some new friends? Sure. Kids are flexible. With parental support, as with any new change in a child’s life, even a change to a new school will not be as big of an adjustment as what you feel it might be.

It is time to face the facts. There will be many students moved with redistricting. It will take some adjustments, but the kids will be okay. Peachtree City parents will face the reality that there child may have to attend a different school. Living in a community with neighborhoods so close together will cause that to be a reality.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 10:53am.

if East Fayette will realize a ROI of their new kitchen when the school closes?
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Submitted by g8trgrl on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 1:26pm.

It is my understanding that E. Fayette will not be "closed" as in collecting dust, it is being re-purposed for kids that need the space. At the revealing of the maps it was explained that kids who are currently squeezed into the LEC would use E. Fayette, which I think was originally a high school. I think that's a great savings of money. As a taxpayer I am all about saving money & putting it to better use for the schools!

I think the FCBOE is going to put 1 of these maps to good use & get this county's elementary lines fixed! I have hope!

I still want to know what ROI stands for?

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Submitted by Sniffles on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 1:33pm.

ROI is business-speak for "Return on Investment".

The bicycler (to use the new word I learned this week) was making a comment that if the new kitchen was shut down, we'd gain essentially nothing for the substantial investment made in upgrading the kitchen facilities there.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 1:44pm.

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Submitted by Sniffles on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 12:51pm.

I feel exactly the same way. When we relocated back to Georgia many many years ago, I wanted my kids to have the best public school education available.

That meant Peachtree City. My realtor made it plain: You can probably get a much bigger home in Tyrone or Fayetteville, but you'd have to settle for less insofar as schools go.

That was a no-brainer.

There have been a few bumps in the road but overall I've been very satisfied with my childrens' education here.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 2:20pm.

My wife and I did the same research that you did but some time ago when there was only two high schools. At the time, we conclude that FCHS and the surrounding area is where we wanted to raise a family. SAT and graduation rates at that time were closed to equal between the schools. But as we all know, nothing remains the same.

As for today, on the surface it would appear that there are differences between all five high schools. Some like you would call those schools "lesser" and that's fine its your opinion. I'm sure that someone at Alpharetta High or Davidson Magnet would refer to all other high schools in Georgia as lesser. Still, that's their opinion. What I do know is that both my sons like your son or daughter have participated in AP studies and have done extremely well with much higher than average SAT scores. I'm also reasonably sure, in fact if I was a betting man, I would say your children are academically ahead of the pack just like mine. I just want to point out that it's the parents that make the difference. It's the long hours that you invest with them that makes the difference. Yes the school does impact but it's the home environment that truly makes the difference. And the beauty to all of this is that we both know that we are not the only ones that believe in the importance of this.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 12:42pm.

Speaking for myself as a citizen of Fayetteville, thanks for moving to PTC, we don't need the attitude you have here anyway. I'll put my hutchette up against yours any day and walk away a winner.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by GA Red Bug on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 3:44pm.

Three woodpeckers were doing their woodpecker pecking thing on a hollow tree trying to catch the attention of a would be mate. Woodpecker One looked at Woodpecker Two and said, your pecker isn't big enough to make enough sound, I have a biger pecker, I make a more virile woodpecker sound ... you had might as well leave. Woodpecker Two looked at Woodpecker One's pecker, and it was bigger, and he felt totally inadequate, sure the would be mate would chose Woodpecker One.

Woodpecker Two went to a pecker enhancement clinic and had his pecker made larger, larger then Woodpecker One. He came back to the hollow tree and started pecking, his sound was much louder then Woodpecker one's. Woodpecker One looked at Woodpecker Twos pecker and saw what he had done. "That cheater!", thought Woodpecker one. "Well, if he is going to cheat, I am too!" Woodpecker One went to the very same clinic, and you guessed it, came back making booming noises on the hollow tree.

Woodpecker Two wasn't to be out done, back he went, then back one went, etc. Finally, when woodpeckers one and two had peckers so big they could hardly fly. Back at the hollow tree, they saw Woodpecker dancing with three lovely female woodpeckers. Woodpeckers one and two managed to fly over to where Woodpecker three was, anxious to show off their big peckers to the three lovely ladies. The ladies gave a cursory glance and turned back to Woodpecker number Three, the four of them doing a get down and dirty dance to Jerry Lee's "Great Balls Of Fire." Seems Woodpecker number Three had rhythm, and knew their favorite melody.

You two guys through with the enhancement clinic, or are you going to continue to measure peckers?

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Submitted by shadowalker on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 12:46pm.

Im really glad your speaking for yourself and not the rest of us
you dont want it fixed if its not your problem.


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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 1:16pm.

tell me wise swine just what is the problem at FCHS?

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by PTC_New_Native on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 1:16pm.

The baseline I use is the dropout rate. This does not tell how well the school performs. It identifies how involved the parents are with their children’s education. Let us take a look:
06-07 year GA had a DO (Drop Out) rate of 4.1
06-07 year, Fayette County had a DO rate of 1.5
06-07 year, McIntosh had a DO rate of 1.2%
06-07 year, Fayette County had a DO rate of 2.1%.
I can delve further into the detail but in no way can you argue that the parent involvement is equal. I will agree that the schools are the same, quality educators etc... But as I will state again for you. IT IS PARENTS GETTING INVOLVED that will make or break a school. It is nice that you’re proud of your school. Good for you. But the numbers and advantages afforded residents of these schools speak for themselves.
Good luck Hutch, I do sympathize for you and wish you luck in garnering interest or a grass roots movement to better the Fayetteville schools.
The More I learn, the Less I know

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Submitted by Cyclist on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 1:52pm.

If the schools are the same as you say and hutch's daughter as well as my sons are in the upper 10% of their respective class' then, I would say my education dollar is well spent regardless of DO rates.

BTW, DO rates don't tell the whole story as it's a measurement of the incoming 9th grade class and then a snapshot 4 years later of those remaining in that class. DO rates are somewhat skewed for a school that has a high transit population.

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Submitted by Sniffles on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 3:07pm.

Some other selected measurements, McIntosh vs. Fayette County.
2006 school year, from AJC school comparison website
Fighting: Mcintosh 20 incidents, Fayette 17
Pot busts on campus: Mcintosh 7, Fayette 7
Alcohol busts on campus: Mcintosh 7, Fayette 12
Weapons busts on campus Mcintosh 3, Fayette 5
Suspensions: Mcintosh 591, Fayette 956

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Submitted by Cyclist on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 10:59pm.

Lets put a little different spin on this. If you apply the population size to the events you come out with this:

Highest school in category (from AJC)
Alcohol FCHS 0.74%
Drugs SMHS 0.79%
Fighting SCHS 2.44%
Theft FCHS 0.25%
Sexual Bat. SCHS 0.07%
Sexual Har. SCHS 0.14%
Threat FCHS 0.25%
Tobacco FCHS 1.54%
Trespass FCHS 0.19%
Vandalism FCHS 0.25%
Weapons Knife FCHS 0.25%
Weapons Other WHS 0.24%
Other Discipline SCHS 63.58%

So with all this said, with the exception of "Other Discipline", SCHS has the highest incidents of fighting at rate of 2.44% of its population. Now folks, if this nation had the same percentages as represented here I would suspect that we would not need as many police, courts, or prisons. Please don't get me wrong, none of this should happen. Parents are a very important part of the equation!!!!

I do find drug/alcohol rate interesting. In the transportation industry the rate is about .5% of that population tested positive.

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Submitted by Sniffles on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 9:40pm.

Another comparison, Mcintosh vs. Starrs Mill
2006 school year, from AJC school comparison website
Fighting: Mcintosh 20 incidents, Starrs Mill 10
Pot busts on campus: Mcintosh 7, Starrs Mill 14
Alcohol busts on campus: Mcintosh 7, Starrs Mill 8
Weapons busts on campus Mcintosh 3, Starrs Mill 2
Robberies on campus: Mcintosh 0, Starrs Mill 3
Suspensions: Mcintosh 591, Starrs Mill 331

The average number of incidents per 100 students:
State average: 67.9
Starrs Mill: 22.0
Mcintosh: 38.6
Whitewater: 31.1
Fayette County: 64.9
Sandy Creek: 68.0

And special mention should be made of the Flat Rock Gangsta Training Academy (aka Flat Rock Middle School), with an incredible 125.6 incidents per 100 students, almost double the state average!

FRMS also came in second in the "Fayette Fighting League" with 38 fights on school property, beating (pun intended) Sandy Creek High School, SCHS was third in the county with 34 fights. The overall winner was Fayette Middle School with a whopping 50 fights.

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Submitted by Git Real on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 10:03pm.

If those stats are accurate then I may have to move my kids to a Clayton County School before long. Shocked

Those Flat Rock stats are shocking.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by River on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:45pm.

If you compare the stats for Flat Rock versus the stats for Sandy Creek, keep in mind that the kids from Flat Rock end up going to Sandy Creek, for the most part. Yet the stats for Sandy Creek are not nearly as bad as the stats for Flat Rock. I think that is because of the strong faculty and administration at Sandy Creek. They are doing the best they can with what they are getting. So are most of the teachers at the other local schools in Fayette County.

Parents these days are too quick to blame the school system for the trouble their kids get into, but most of the problems have already developed before the kids get into high school. As Cyclist and others have said, it all starts at home. Whatever happened to Truman's motto of "The Buck Stops Here"? Lately, everybody from the President on down is busy pointing the finger of blame at anybody and everybody else, and accepting NONE of the responsibility for any negative outcomes.

Nowadays, when a student gets a bad grade on a test, both the student and the parents tend to point the finger at the teacher and immediately assume that it must have been the teacher's fault. Likewise when a kid gets arrested, it must have been police racial profiling. (Remember Basmati?) Where's the "rugged individualism" that made this country great? That's usually a Republican mantra, but lately, they have been dodging responsibility as much as anybody.

Wake up, folks--the sky IS falling!!

Submitted by wheeljc on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 9:07pm.

Does anyone know what the reaction of the Supt's office and the BOE has been on these stats? Are issues -- such as these -- ever discussed at BOE meetings, or is it a rather constant whine of obfuscation? Looking at these, would imagine that the problems we have seen surface the past month -- and been headlines in the media -- are really nothing new to those charged with the responsibility of 'maintaining good order and discipline'!

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Submitted by hutch866 on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:28pm.

If you can define a school by one stat more power to you. I say you know not of what you speak. Ask Cy or Chippie or acey1 how many involved parents were at the school last night. I say our involvement is just as large as yours, show me a stat that says otherwise, not your interpretation of the dropout rate. Tell me this, is the parents involvement the reason McIntosh has drunken parties that result in homicides, or maybe the one parent was helping the star soccer player sell the weed. No, no, clean up your own backyard before you complain or comment on my mine. It's all a matter of percetption and I care not a whit for yours.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:59pm.

you are like the kid spinning his tires and cant figure out why you have not gotten anywhere
you can be wrong and in this case you are wrong
face the fact of your lack of knowledge
and its not a matter of percetption its just truth


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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 1:09pm.

hey hutch what did the new native say wrong
sounds like you dont agree with what she said
why not i like what she is saying
pull you head out of that can of spinich
that pop eye

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:30pm.

Gee, just can't slide anything by you, I could almost hear that steel trap in your head slamming shut.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:56pm.

metal sponge not steel trap

you is what you is and that aint much

you also dont want to except the fact that you could be wrong

hutch866's picture
Submitted by hutch866 on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 3:02pm.

I might not be much, but at least I know the difference between except and accept. Never heard of a metal sponge what metal would that be?

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by Gagirl on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 10:59am.

Could the BoE at least make sure every street and neighborhood is on the map? My neighborhood is nowhere to be found!

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Submitted by cruiserman on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 8:32am.

Last year during the Middle School redistricting, we were told by the same group "What the big hurry" was. They had to giddy up on that redistricting to hire principals and staff. We were told that this important chore couldn't happen unless the map was set.

What a crock! Such hypocrisy and chutzpah is amazing.

Submitted by 7 on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 12:55am.

Sam Sweat and C.W. Campbell are telling us that we should be happy no matter where our children go to school because all schools in Fayette County are good. Thus, over 2000 children will be moved around to different schools and they are telling us the children will adjust if the parents make it a positive experience. What about standing up for what's right and for what you believe in? If all schools in Fayette County are the same, then why do the children of the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for FCBOE (Sam Sweat)send his children out of district? Sam Sweat's children are zoned to East Fayette Elementary and Fayette County High School. Yet, his 4th grader goes to Sara Harp Minter and his 12th grader goes to Star's Mill. One of the redistricting committee reps asked him if this was true and he replied that it was purely for convenience, he just dropped his 4th grader off at Sara Harp Minter on his way to work. Can you please tell me how you can start in the East Fayette school zone, drive past Sara Harp Minter Elementary, and end up at the Fayette County Board of Education? You draw your own conclusion!

Submitted by wheeljc on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:16am.

Given the recent weeks of 'concern' in the Fayette Public School system (middle to high school); the somewhat 'arrogant' attitude of some who are being paid by taxpayer's money to SERVE the public; the somewhat reluctance of being up front with parents regarding the future of their kids; is it not time to seriously consider vouchers for private schools, or even home schooling? Guess the real question is: at what point do you tell administrative bureaucrats -- THAT IS ENOUGH!! The folks did it in New York state with their governor on the driver's license for illegals issue. Is it time for parents in Fayette County to do the same thing with the bureaucrats that run the public school system?? What kind of a grade would you give the bureaucrats? What kind of grade would you give the BOE? Is it time for a change in policy and faces?

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 8:14am.

"Sam Sweat's children are zoned to East Fayette Elementary and Fayette County High School. Yet, his 4th grader goes to Sara Harp Minter and his 12th grader goes to Star's Mill. One of the redistricting committee reps asked him if this was true and he replied that it was purely for convenience, he just dropped his 4th grader off at Sara Harp Minter on his way to work. Can you please tell me how you can start in the East Fayette school zone, drive past Sara Harp Minter Elementary, and end up at the Fayette County Board of Education? You draw your own conclusion!"
I wish I hadn't read that! When my child went to Flatt Rock and told me at the end of the 8th grade year, they couldn't stand it another minute, I went to the school board and without going into great detail, did all the paperwork and BEGGED, that if I didn't get my house sold in time, could my child please attend any of the other schools for the 9th grade, that I would drive them. I GOT A BIG FAT NO! My child refused and left the state and lived elsewhere! This year they came back and I asked no less than Sam Sweat face to face the same question, the answer was again NO! I guess it is only for the big guys and the rest of us can go to you know where!

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 12:51pm.

i did read it and it sounds to me that someone needs to be held
accountable for there actions.

maybe mr sweet needs to move the kids to where they belong

this is the kinda crap that is putting fay co. on the bad maps


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Submitted by Violetsunshine on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 8:28am.

How lame that the excuse "for convenience sake" is okay for Mr. Sweat. At least tell the truth. For whatever reason you believe that school to be better for your child-many others need to be able to have the same opportunity as your child and how about some equality on this?? Some call the I Team.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 8:22am.

For all the money I've paid in taxes to live in this county, I must say I am extremely dissapointed in the people elected to the school board with the exception of Marion Keys. Decotis, Sweat and the rest are not helpfull at all. It has been a great dissapointment. I'm told by people who have moved from the Sandy Creek area to Northgate, it is all the diffence in night and day.

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