Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board of Directors. Henderson-Baker will fulfill the remaining term of District 4, vacated by Katrina Young, who was elected Vice-President of the GSBA Board of Directors.
The Newton County Board of Education, in conjunction with the Rockdale County Board of Education, will host a town hall meeting at Discover Point Church Thursday for information on the proposed Opportunity School District amendment that will be on the election ballot in November.
Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both reading and math and a six-point improvement in writing.
Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton County School System's 2017 Teacher of the Year Friday.
The Newton County Board of Education has recently requested permission from the Georgia Department of Education to use the Iowa Assessments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt rather than the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. During a work session Tuesday evening, the board heard a presentation on the Iowa Assessments testing.
The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract extension at the July 19 meeting. As a result of this extension, Fuhrey's contract now runs through the completion of the 2018-2019 school year. This is the third contract extension Fuhrey has received since the board selected her as superintendent in 2013. She was initially offered a three-year contract before assuming the duties as school superintendent on July 1, 2013.
Newton County School System (NCSS) received a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This is the first year the state released Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for school districts. According to the GaDOE, the ratings are based on data from the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
Gov. Nathan Deal along with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) announced that Eastside High School has received a Gold Level Greatest Gains school award. Eastside was one of 187 Georgia schools recognized as either a Greatest Gains or Highest Performing school.
A fantastic week of creativity took place at the 18th annual Creative Kids Camp. Campers learned about orchestras, studied artist Vincent Van Gogh and created their own versions of his famous paintings, acted and sang a medley of songs. The Arts Association of Newton County commends their fantastic campers, counselors, teachers, and sponsors: Georgia Heart Specialists, Newton Federal Bank, Virgil Warren Foundation, and host, Oxford College of Emory University.
The Georgia Department of Education today released the 2015 School Climate Star Ratings for all schools in the Newton County School System. The ratings survey students', teachers' and parents' perceptions of the school's climate during the 2014-2015 school year. Included in the final calculations are data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey, and Georgia Parent Survey, as well as student discipline data and attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators.