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Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

Voters weigh education sales tax with SPLOST

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide on Nov. 8 whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners Kickoff "Can-Paign to Fight Hunger"

Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off the “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, November 14, 2011, with a can collection competition among six Fulton County High Schools and four businesses.  They want to reach a goal to deliver 30 barrels of canned food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The filled barrels would feed 8,550 people (285 people per barrel) in need of nutritious food.

The deadline to fill the 30 barrels is December 16.  Those organizations that collect the most cans will receive H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Awards.  Cans will be counted at every drop-off location to determine the winning organizations.  In 2010, Youth Commissioners collected, 5,700 cans to feed families, shelters and non-profit organizations registered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Want to be a Fulton County principal for a day?

Want to be a Fulton County principal for a day?

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Think you've got what it takes to comfort a crying kindergartner? Manage the morning carpool?

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.
 

Town hall meetings set for Fulton charter system model

Town hall meetings set for Fulton charter system model

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System will hold three meetings in early October to update parents and residents about the charter system process.

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium or cafeteria.

North Fulton
Monday, Oct. 3
Milton Center (86 School Drive, Alpharetta)

Central Fulton
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Lake Forest Elementary (5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs)

South Fulton
Thursday, Oct. 6
Westlake High (2400 Union Road SW, Atlanta)

At last week's school board work session, Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa shared three main themes for how the proposed charter system would improve student achievement: people, curriculum, finances.

"Fulton held a series of community meetings last year and these were the resounding themes that were heard from parents and staff," Avossa said at the work session.

School board announces September community meetings

School board announces September community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for September:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Park Elementary School (11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Alpharetta Elementary School (192 Mayfield Road)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Lake Forest Elementary School (5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, Sept.