Monday, May 6, 2013
Seven high school seniors from the city scored high in the PSAT and SAT, and were endorsed by their principals.
Seven Johns Creek students were among the eight Fulton County Schools' seniors who have been awarded corporate-sponsored scholarships as part of the National Merit 2013 awards program. Approximately 1,000 students nationwide qualified for this award. Chattahoochee High Frank R. Chen Johns Creek High Natalie R. Bhalla Jesse Huang Northview High School Victoria L. Francis Katherine Lin Swathi Rammohan Lily Zhang Milton High George Li Corporations sponsored these scholarships, which designate awards: for finalists with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage; for children of their employees; or for residents of a community where a company has operations. They may be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or be granted as one-…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Georgia Department of Education was asked to help stop an attempt by Fulton County Schools to close the public charter school.
Fulton Science Academy High School formally asked the state to help keep the doors of the Alpharetta public charter school open. The Fulton Science Academy High School Governing Board issued the following statement: “The parents, students and faculty are committed to preserving the high school’s charter and the integrity of its universally recognized academic programs. We look forward to presenting our case to the state school board as well as the facts surrounding our charter and FSA’s successes as a high-performing STEM school," the board's statement, released Thursday afternoon, said. Fulton County Schools told the school's governing board it planned to close the school after this academic year, two years before its charter is …
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 …
Monday, December 17, 2012
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 …
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 11, 2012
The public charter school's own board can request a hearing to be held Dec. 18, but the ultimate decision on the charter rests with the Georgia Department of Education.
CORRECTION: Through an editor's error, the original headline on this article named the school incorrectly. Fulton Science Academy High is the charter school affected, as the story stated. The Fulton County Board of Education today, Dec. 11, approved a recommendation to start the process to close Fulton Science Academy High School at the end of the school year. Superintendent Robert Avossa first made the recommendation to terminate the school's charter at a school board work session on Dec. 4. Avossa based his recommendation on what staff reports call "a history of insufficient governance capacity and poor decision-making on the part of the school’s governance board." An independent audit released to the school board on Dec. 4 was said to …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The final banquet of the year takes the awards into the playoffs.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
High school football players were honored Monday night, Nov. 19, by the North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club at its final Player of the Week Dinner for the 2012 season. High school athletes, their families and their coaches gathered at The Metropolitan Club to celebrate some of the best performances in high school football. The North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club recognized high school football players at its final Player of the Week Dinner of the 2012 season. The NFFTD Club welcomed former University of Georgia Bulldog and retired Army Colonel Michael Steele as he spoke to the players and their families. Buck Lanford emceed the event for the NFFTD Club again as the club honored players from schools all across the North Fulton and Forsyth …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The high school reported problems of undue influence at the school to the Georgia High School Athletic Association.
UPDATED 11:10 a.m. Milton High School boys basketball coach resigned after the school self reported allegations of "undue influence" in its boys" basketball program. David Boyd resigned from the Fulton County Schools system on Monday, Sept. 10, according to Samantha Evans, Fulton Schools' spokesperson. "Milton High self-reported allegations of what the Georgia High School Association terms 'undue influence' in its boys' varsity basketball program," Evans said. "Due to these allegations, there will be a varsity boy's basketball coaching change." "As we move forward there will be a thorough investigation and the development of a comprehensive strategy to move our program to new heights of integrity and excellence," said Milton Principal …