Fayette County Board of Education, Georgia

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Fayette County Board of Education
Fayette County, Georgia
Fayette County Board of Education logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Joseph C. Barrow Jr.
Enrollment:20,223 students
Graduation rate:93.9%[1]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $198.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Marion Key
Board members:5
Term length:4
Fayette County Board of Education is a school district in Georgia that serves Fayette County. It is the 20th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 20,223 students in 26 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $198.4 million.[2]

About the district

Fayette County Board of Education is located in Fayette County, Georgia
Fayette County Board of Education is located in Fayette County, Georgia. The county seat of Fayette County is Fayetteville. Fayette County is home to 106,567 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Fayette County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 42.1 percent of Fayette County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Fayette County was $81,242 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Fayette County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Fayette County (%) Georgia (%)
White 72.5 62.8
Black or African American 20.9 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.2 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 33.7 65.0 1.3
2008 34.2 64.9 0.9
2004 28.3 71.1 0.6
2000 28.2 69.5 2.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The superintendent of Fayette County Board of Education is Dr. Joseph C. Barrow Jr., who was appointed to the position in July 2013. Barrow had previously served as the superintendent of Ware County Public Schools. He began his career as a middle school teacher and coach in Appling County. He has a master's degree in health and physical education from Georgia Southern University and a doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from Nova Southeastern University.[6]

School board

The Fayette County Board of Education is a partisan board consisting of five members elected to four-year terms. They all serve by geographic district.[7]

Fayette County Board of Education
Member District Party Affiliation Term Ends
Barry Marchman District 1 Republican 2016
Dan Colwell District 2 Republican 2016
Marion Key District 3 Republican 2016
Diane Basham District 4 Republican 2018
Leonard Presberg District 5 Democratic 2018

School board elections

See also: Fayette County Board of Education elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2008:

Meetings of the Board of Education are held to conduct the affairs and business of the school system. Although these meetings are not meetings of the public, the public is invited to attend all meetings and members of the public are invited to address the Board at appropriate times and in accordance with procedures established by the Board or Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall make available at all meetings procedures allowing members of the public to address the Board on issues of concern. These procedures shall also be available at the offices of the school district and shall be given, upon request, to anyone requesting a copy.

All presentations to the Board are to be brief and are intended for the Board to hear comments or concerns without taking action.[8]

—Fayette County Board of Education's website, (2008) [9]


The Fayette County Board of Education's budget is published on the Georgia Department of Education's website.[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $138,166,002 64.2% $9,361,037 4.4% $16,157,767 7.5% $0 0% $52,400,886 24.4% $215,085,692
2012-2013 $126,989,501 64% $9,446,688 4.8% $13,854,947 7% $0 0% $48,197,703 24.3% $198,488,839
Averages: $132,577,751.5 64% $9,403,862.5 5% $15,006,357 7% $0 0% $50,299,294.5 24% $206,787,265.5

Teacher salaries

Fayette County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[10]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Fayette County Board of Education


The district served 20,223 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced an 8.4 percent decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 22,085 N/A
2009-2010 21,666 -1.9
2010-2011 21,117 -2.5
2011-2012 20,455 -3.1
2012-2013 20,258 -1.0
2013-2014 20,223 -0.2

District schools

Fayette County Board of Education operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Fayette County Board of Education Schools
School Name
Alternative Education Program
Bennett's Mill Middle School
Braelinn Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary School
Crabapple Lane Elementary School
Fayette County High School
Fayetteville Elementary School
Flat Rock Middle School
Huddleston Elementary School
Inman Elementary School
J.C. Booth Middle School
Kedron Elementary School
McIntosh High School
North Fayette Elementary School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Open Campus High School Program
Peachtree City Elementary School
Peeples Elementary School
Rising Starr Middle School
Robert J. Burch Elementary School
Sandy Creek High School
Sara Harp Minter Elementary School
Spring Hill Elementary School
Starr's Mill High School
Whitewater High School
Whitewater Middle School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2013-2014 school year:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 98.7
3 ELA 96.4
3 Math 91.9
3 Science 88.9
3 Social Science 94.0
4 Reading 97.7
4 ELA 95.7
4 Math 93.1
4 Science 90.6
4 Social Science 91.6
5 Reading 99.1
5 ELA 99.3
5 Math 96.7
5 Science 92.4
5 Social Science 92.4

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 99.5
6 ELA 97.6
6 Math 93.8
6 Science 87.0
6 Social Science 87.7
7 Reading 98.4
7 ELA 97.3
7 Math 95.5
7 Science 93.4
7 Social Science 93.2
8 Reading 99.6
8 ELA 99.0
8 Math 95.9
8 Science 91.2
8 Social Science 93.2

Contact information

Fayette County Board of Education logo.png
Fayette County Board of Education
210 Stonewall Avenue
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Phone: (770) 460-3535

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Fayette County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fayette County Board of Education, "Management's Discussion and Analysis," accessed December 11, 2014
  3. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. The Citizen.com, "Barrow hired to be Fayette’s new school superintendent," May 1, 2013
  7. Fayette County Board of Education, "Board of Education," accessed November 18, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Fayette County Board of Education, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," April 21, 2008
  10. Georgia Department of Education, "State Salary Schedule," accessed June 18, 2014
  11. Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed July 2, 2014
  12. Fayette County Board of Education, "Schools," accessed November 18, 2014
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed November 13, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed November 13, 2014