Fayette County School System (Georgia)

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Fayette County School District
Address
210 Stonewall Avenue West
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214-1518
United States
Coordinates 33°26′52″N 84°27′42″W / 33.447678°N 84.461592°W / 33.447678; -84.461592Coordinates: 33°26′52″N 84°27′42″W / 33.447678°N 84.461592°W / 33.447678; -84.461592[1]
Information
Superintendent Dr. Joseph C. Barrow Jr.
Faculty 1,379[2]
Grades Pre-school - 12
Enrollment 20,756[2]
Accreditations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Georgia Accrediting Commission
Telephone (770) 460-3535
Fax (770) 460-8191
Website

Fayette County School System is a public school district based in Fayetteville, Georgia, United States and covering residents of Fayette County. The county is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Metropolitan Statistical Area. The school system serves all of Fayette County.

Residents elect a five-member school board to set policy and hire a superintendent of schools. Until May 2013, school board members were elected at-large in the county; this jurisdiction was one of only 20 remaining among the 180 school districts in the state to elect board members by an exclusively at-large process. After trying to persuade the county board of commissioners to change the system, a coalition of residents, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, filed suit against the county and school board for violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, asserting that the county system diluted the voting power of the significant minority of African Americans, who today comprise 20% of the county population.[3]

They had been prevented by this system (and disenfranchisement prior to 1965) from ever electing a candidate of their choice to the board or county council in 191 years. As a result of Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, et al. v. Fayette County Board of Commissioners, et al. (2013), the federal court ordered the county on May 22, 2013 to change its electoral system for the County Council and the County School Board to single-member districts, in order to correct and prevent such dilution of voting power. The court's ruling required "the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education to develop a district-based remedial plan that contains at least one district in which black voters comprise a majority of the voting-age population by June 25, 2013."[3]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Braelinn Elementary
  • Robert J. Burch Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Crabapple (Lane) Elementary
  • Fayetteville Elementary
  • Huddleston Elementary
  • Inman Road Elementary
  • Kedron Elementary
  • Sara Harp Minter Elementary
  • North Fayette Elementary
  • Oak Grove Elementary
  • Peachtree City Elementary
  • Peeples Elementary
  • Spring Hill Elementary

Middle schools[edit]

  • Flat Rock Middle School
  • J.C. Booth Middle School
  • Rising Starr Middle School
  • Whitewater Middle School
  • Bennett's Mill Middle School
  • Rising Starr Middle School is a "Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch," located in unincorporated Fayette County. The school serves southern Peachtree City and was named Best School for Your Kid by Atlanta magazine in 2006 and 2007.[4]

High schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b School Stats, Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  3. ^ a b ABS Staff, "Fayette County at-large election process violates the Voting Rights Act", Atlanta Black Star, 22 May 2013, accessed 11 April 2015
  4. ^ Atlanta Magazine. Jan 2006. 

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