Newton County schools are scheduled to open for students and teachers once again Tuesday after a week's worth of ice and slush kept many side streets too dangerous for driving. The week off coupled with Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will not be free, though, and several days will have to be made up.
As snow and ice blanketed Georgia, Nathan Deal was sworn in Monday as the state's 82nd governor. And in his State of the State address Wednesday, he gave hope to the state's beleaguered school systems, that cuts might not be as bad as originally expected.
The Newton County School System will be offering a workshop on Jan. 20 on bullying prevention for parents. The workshop will help parents recognize the signs of bullying and will be presented by a school system counselor. This workshop is designed for parents of children attending Title I schools.
Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews is set to release a list of tentative cuts to the 2011-2012 budget at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. With the Newton County School System facing at least $9 million in budget reductions for the 2011-2012 school year, it is inevitable that cuts will have to be made and Mathews has warned that more may be necessary.
With the beginning of budget cut discussions looming for Newton County Schools, officials are hustling to figure out how to make $9 million in reductions for the 2011-2012 school year while still keeping enough money in the budget to operate the schools every day.
Three Newton County schools, Fairview Theme School, Clements Theme School, and Heard-Mixon Elementary School, have been recognized by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement for being in the top percent of schools in the state with the greatest improvement on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests (CRCT).
The student body seems to be getting younger at Georgia Perimeter College recently, as more high school students are enrolling in its dual enrollment program to achieve a two-year degree before graduating high school.
With the Newton County School System facing at least $9 million in budget reductions for the 2011-2012 school year, it was inevitable that cuts will have to be made. Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews is set to release a list of these potential cuts on Jan. 10 and has warned that more may be necessary.
The Newton County Board of Education voted 3-2 on Tuesday to accept proposed rezoning of elementary schools but postponed a vote on its middle school feeder schedule after some parents voiced concerns that their students may have switch schools next year.