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Posted: January 24, 2009 8:24 p.m.

Our thoughts...Excellent chairperson choice

This is not going to be the best of years for the Newton County School System.

The governor and federal government have cut funds because of astronomical amounts of foreclosures and growth stoppage. In the county, the anticipated local tax funds also are way below expectations.

Some very tough decisions are going to have to be made this year regarding personnel.

We feel the right leader for the Board of Education who will assist the current administration led by Dr. Steven Whatley is Dr. CC Bates.

Dr. CC Bates is a former teacher of the year in Newton County and a semi finalist for teacher of the year in Georgia. She currently runs her own award winning education consulting business.

We look forward to working with Dr. Bates this coming year.

We also thank Almond Turner, the past chairman of the board, for his service.

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