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2 Fayette schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

2 Fayette schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Two Fayette County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Fayette's AP Merit Schools are McIntosh and Starr's Mill.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

Whitewater HS in the running to win $60,000

Whitewater HS in the running to win $60,000

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayette County's Whitewater High School is among the finalists to win $60,000 worth of technology products, but the school needs your help to nab the grand prize.

The school recently created a video to showcase its Bring Your Own Technology program.

RELATED | 11Alive's Donna Lowry profiles Bring Your Own Technology

The video has made it into the last round of the Follett Challenge, which encourages schools to demonstrate how they prepare students for the demands of the 21st century. The winning projects will receive supplies and services from Follett.

Visit follettchallenge.com to vote for Whitewater High. Voting closes on Mar. 15.

Fayette County latest to look at closing some schools

Fayette County latest to look at closing some schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Like many other metro Atlanta area school systems, Fayette County's says it needs to close several schools.

Not too many years ago it was getting several hundred new students each year.

But now it's losing about 500 students annually, partly due to a sagging economy and partly to an aging population.

The system says it needs to close four of its 30 schools and eliminate about 250 jobs to save around $15 million in next year's budget.

Closing the four schools, without eliminating any jobs, would save about $3 million of the $15 million.

One of those schools could be Tyrone Elementary, which is sad news to parent Tamara Dixon who transferred her son there thanks to its good reputation.

"This was actually his first year here; he's a first grader," she told 11Alive News on Monday.

"So if it closes, we're going to be very sad about this," Dixon added.

Fayette school board to address closings

Fayette school board to address closings

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Board of Education will hold two public meetings this month to address four possible school closures.

Due to a budget shortfall, the board is considering closing Brooks Elementary, Fayette Middle, Fayetteville Intermediate and Tyrone Elementary.

RELATED | Budget woes could shutter Fayette schools
$12 million school sitting empty in Fayetteville

Fludd Scholarship available to students

Fludd Scholarship available to students

TYRONE, Ga. -- Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) has renewed his Fludd Scholarship Award for high school students.

The monetary award is given annually to exceptional teens from Fayette and south Fulton counties, the areas Fludd represents.

"The scholarship program was created to recognize the academic performance and community service of students in the south metro area," Fludd said in a statement. "We are delighted to be able to continue this program and even more excited about helping these young people with their college careers."

More information about applying for the scholarship will be available soon at virgilfludd.org.

Money for the scholarship program comes from the annual Virgil Fludd Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 14 at Flat Creek Golf Club in Peachtree City.

Pre-K lottery registration begins Jan. 22

Pre-K lottery registration begins Jan. 22

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Registration for the Fayette County School System's state-funded Pre-K program begins later this month.

Pre-K students are randomly selected through a lottery drawing. Registration for the lottery begins Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will be held through Feb. 28.

Parents can register their children daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any of the Fayette County elementary schools offering Pre-K, including Burch, Cleveland, Crabapple Lane, Inman, North Fayette, Oak Grove and Peachtree City.

Only 22 students will be selected for each Pre-K class. Those who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list.

The lottery drawing will be held Friday, Mar. 1.

Learn more about Fayette County Pre-K at fcboe.org.

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

31 Ga. schools eligible for AP funding

ATLANTA -- More than 30 high schools in Georgia have been chosen to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, the Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The program was created to increase the numbers of girls and minorities who take Advanced Placement STEM courses.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students' needs and the expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access."

More than 800 U.S. high schools were selected to apply for the AP STEM Access program, which will begin in the fall of 2013 and offer STEM AP courses for at least three school years.

Georgia's eligible AP STEM Access schools include: