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All Fayette County High Schools Named AP STEM Achievement Schools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Georgia Department of Education has released the AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools for 2015 with all five of Fayette’s high schools earning recognition for the number of AP courses taken by students, and the percentage of students passing the exams. AP courses and exams give students the opportunity to access college-level learning opportunities, and potentially earn college course credits.

Fayette County High, McIntosh High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High, and Whitewater High are among the 121 schools in the state making the list for AP STEM Achievement Schools. These are schools where students are testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exams earn a score of 3 or higher (students must score at least a 3 to potentially receive college credit for a course). The AP courses include calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics B, physics C, and computer science.

Additionally, all of the county’s high schools are listed as AP STEM schools with students testing in at least two AP math and two AP science courses. A total of 198 schools in the state made the list.

These distinctions are not new for the system’s high schools. In fact, this is the fifth consecutive year that McIntosh, Sandy Creek, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater high schools have made the AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement lists since they were added in 2011. This is the third time Fayette County High has made both lists.

Fayette’s high schools have been included in categories on the AP Honor School list since the recognition began in 2008.

Both Fayette County High and Sandy Creek High made the 2015 list for AP Access and Support Schools. These schools have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identify themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic with 30 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher. A total of 55 schools in the state received the distinction. Both Fayette County and Sandy Creek have made the list since 2008.

McIntosh High, Starr’s Mill High, and Whitewater High are listed as AP Merit Schools where at least 20 percent of the student population is taking AP courses with at least 50 percent of the exams earning a score of 3 or higher. Starr’s Mill has been on the list since 2008; McIntosh has made the list since 2012; and Whitewater has been on the list for two consecutive years. A total of 57 high schools in the state earned the distinction for 2015.

A new category has been added this year, AP Humanities Schools. These are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English-language arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course.

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater high schools are among the 113 statewide to make the list for AP Humanities Schools.

FCBOE RFQ for TI-84 Computer Software

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on our website ( later today under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for participating in this solicitation.



Legal Counsel Important for Business Owners

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

LegalShield-Albert Marshall reminds business owners how important legal protection is for their business with this testimonial.

A LegalShield small business owner was audited by the IRS.  The audit determined that the business owner would owe $28,127 due to tax form miscalculations and subsequent late fees and penalties.

The business owner knew this could potentially devastate his company.  Then he remembered, he has LegalShield.

He picked up the phone and called his provider law firm.  After reviewing the documentation, the tax attorney let him know his rights and went to the audit with him.

“The IRS auditor pointed at a receipt and asked me to explain it,” said the business owner.   “I started to answer and my  attorney put his hand on my arm and said, ‘you don’t have to answer that.’  The auditor pulled out another sheet and asked me to explain it, again I started to speak.  The attorney said, ‘you don’t have to answer that.’  The meeting progressed in this manner, with my attorney guiding me through the process.  In the end, the IRS ended up owing me $480.00!  Talk about peace of mind, thank you LegalShield.”


Somerby is Expanding

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Dominion Partners, a best-in-class multifamily and senior living property developer across the Southeast, currently has significant projects underway in Georgia and Florida.

The company has owned its land in Peachtree City, about 25 miles south of Atlanta, since 2007. The decision was made to split the planned Somerby of Peachtree City senior living community into two phases after the economy crashed in 2008.

“We had to just sit on that 23-acre site for multiple years. Fortunately, our lender worked with us to subdivide the site into a phase one and phase two,” says Al Worthington, Principal and CEO of Dominion Partners.

Phase I, currently in lease-up, has 72 Assisted Living and 24 Memory Care apartments. “I think the Somerby of Peachtree project has turned out incredibly well,” continues Worthington. “One of the things we really did to improve our product was shorten our corridors so that there was less walking distance for the residents. We have natural light at the ends of the hallways and also widened the corridors. That has been a great change for the better in our healthcare units.”

Last September, Dominion Partners broke ground on the $25 million Phase II of Somerby of Peachtree City which is expected to reach completion in the fall of this year. The 13-acre project will add a four-story building with 101 one to three bedroom Independent Living units as well as nine villas which will provide flow for the existing Assisted Living units created in Phase I.

Mr. Worthington credits the talent and experience of his team for Dominion Partners’ continued success. “I’ve personally been in the business around 33 years, and we have a lot of our team who have been in the business for more than 20 years. We started the company with a little over 100 people when we split from our previous company in 2006 and started Dominion. The fact that we’ve been together for so long allows us to have a lot of stability and confidence in each other.”

The company is also developing a property in Florida called Somerby of Santa Rosa Beach. The $13.8 million project includes 52 Assisted Living and 24 Memory Care apartments.

The primary goal for Dominion Partners is to be the standard in senior living by which all others are measured. “We want Somerby Senior Living to be considered one of the best operators of senior living in the country,” says Worthington. “We’re not trying to be all things to all people. We don’t need 100 properties, but we do want to be the best at what we do with the properties we have.”

Coweta-Fayette EMC Names New Operating Officer

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Stanley Sitzler of Newnan has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) of Coweta-Fayette EMC. Sitzler is former senior vice president of Administrative Services of the EMC and has been with cooperative since 1978. Sitzler began his co-op career as a student in the engineering department. He has served as staking engineer, engineering assistant and chief dispatcher, operations supervisor and district  office manager, among other positions. “Stanley has served in numerous roles throughout his career, developing an extensive knowledge base of our operations that will help guide us as we move forward,” said cooperative CEO Chris Stephens. “Stanley has proven to be dependable, honest and a respected member of the senior staff. He is a true asset to Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Clayton State Adds Two New Concentrations to MBA Program

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dr. Ali Dadpay, assistant dean of the College of Business at Clayton State University and director of the College of Business’ MBA program, has announced the addition of two new concentrations for Clayton State MBA students; Sports and Entertainment Management, and Human Resource Leadership.


The Sports and Entertainment Management concentration is tailored to the needs of those seeking employment in the booming entertainment industry in the State of Georgia. It offers classes on sports and entertainment marketing, the economics of entertainment industry, and the legal issues surrounding sports and entertainment.


The Human Resource Leadership concentration builds on the established success of Clayton State business students and responds to a growing market demand. In September 2014, the Clayton State Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) made history, winning the Best in Georgia Award (the Student Chapter of the Year) from the Society for Human Resource Management Georgia State Council.


The Clayton State MBA program is accredited by SACS and is also AACSB-accredited and is considered one of the best business programs in the Atlanta metro area.


Clayton State University has been recognized as one of the best investments in higher education in the state of Georgia and its MBA program is one of the most affordable AACSB-accredited degrees in southeast United States. The Clayton State MBA also has a strong international footprint. Among the 165 students currently enrolled are students from Ireland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria and China.


A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

February Business After Hours Rescheduled

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Thursday February 26th Business After Hours has been rescheduled due to the possibility of winter weather.  Please join us Thursday, March 5th at Regions Bank in Fayetteville.  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

If you have already registered for the February event, no need to register again!  More information here:

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Give Input Through Town of Tyrone Online Survey

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The Town 0f Tyrone is asking it citizens and area business owners to give input as they develop a Vision, Goal and Direction for the future of Tyrone.  Please take the following online survey:

Direct any questions to:

Jared Lombard

Andrew Smith

Kyle Hood

Weather Update: Wednesday Chamber Meetings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Winter Weather Update:  7:30 a.m.

The chamber is aware of possible winter weather in our area today, Wednesday, February 25th.  Except for scheduled meetings, the Fayette Chamber office will be closed today in anticipation of possible inclement weather.

At this time, the golf committee meeting scheduled for 8:15 a.m. will proceed as planned.

OSHA Webinar scheduled for 9:00 a.m. will proceed for registered attendees who have now received a link to access the webinar remotely from their home or office.

Decisions for Thursday meetings will be made late this afternoon or evening.

Thank you and stay warm!

Fayette Vision PROSPERITY Committee Holding Meeting

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Tuesday, March 3
Fayette Visioning PROSPERITY Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Tyrone Library, 143 Commerce Drive, Tyrone

The Fayette Visioning Initiative’s work group focusing on the economic prosperity of Fayette County will hold an introductory meeting to discuss possible action items on the implementation phase of the vision plan. All Fayette citizens interested in this area of the plan are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to   For further information about the Fayette Visioning Initiative go to

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