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NCSS approves tentative budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved of a tentative budget for the 2015-2016 school year during its Tuesday night work session.

May 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | Education


BOE discusses possible raises

Newton County school officials discussed four possible budget scenarios for the next school year that could cease any furlough days, increase the amount of money paid to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and raise for all employees' salaries in the Newton County School System (NCSS).

April 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | Education


Teenager, Interrupted

What your growing child needs from you, right now.

April 19, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


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Loaded gun found at Challenge Charter Academy

Working on an anonymous tip, authorities located a loaded semi-automatic weapon at Challenge Charter Academy Monday afternoon.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


After School program at Livingston Elementary canceled today

The after school program at Livingston Elementary School has been canceled today due to a water main break at the school. Parents of students who attend that program will need to make arrangements to pick up their students when school is dismissed today or call the school at (770) 784-2930 to make other arrangements.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Sams resigns as Newton principal

Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams resigned Wednesday, saying the choice was, "due to a series of issues that are personal in nature."

The popular principal had been at the school since 2008 and shared the news with the NHS faculty and staff in a meeting Wednesday afternoon. When reached by phone, he reiterated that his reasons for leaving the school were of a personal nature and declined to discuss particulars further at this time. According to Sams they were issues he had been dealing with for some time that were beginning to affect his ability to "be the ...

September 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Square Dance school supplies

Dancin' donations:

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County BOE supports opposition to Georgia Charter School Commission law

During a special called meeting on Tuesday, August 27, the Newton County Board of Education unanimously supported joining an "amicus brief" in support of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association's court challenge to the Georgia's Charter School Commission.

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS enters articulation agreement with DeKalb Tech.

Newton County School System on Tuesday officially entered into an articulation agreement with DeKalb Technical College that affords students the opportunity to earn 12 college credits upon completion of the Small Business Development Pathway. The agreement with DeKalb Tech also includes students in four other local school districts - Decatur City, DeKalb, Morgan, and Rockdale County school systems.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia wins Race to the Top

Governor Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Georgia was selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of "Race to the Top" grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.

August 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Welcome to Oxford College

A college collage: Freshmen started to arrive at Oxford College for the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday. Their six-day orientation had the new scholars move in to their residence halls, participate in team-building and community building activities and to learn the lay of the land. Classes at Oxford College begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

August 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Supe’s Corner: Schools must build background knowledge

In my "Letter from the Superintendent" (CN, Aug. 15, 2010), I suggested that when all is said and done, instruction itself has the largest influence on achievement. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, instruction is not always as effective as it could be, but could improve swiftly and significantly through ordinary and accessible means.

August 22, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


A head start: Dual enrollment gives high schoolers a taste of college

More high school students in Newton County are learning the benefits of Dual Enrollment (DE) programs offered at Georgia Perimeter College.

GPC's DE numbers are up 76 percent from last year, with 116 students enrolled in the Newton campus, compared to 66 students from last year. There are a total of 813 students attending DE at GPC's five campuses.

August 22, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


NCSS sees slight decline in scores as more students take the ACT

More students in Newton County took the ACT college entrance exam in 2010; however, test scores have declined slightly from 2009.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS revamps tribunal procedures

The Newton County Board of Education is revamping its tribunal procedures in order to allow administrators to spend less time in tribunals and more time in their schools.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thanks, Pine Valley!

Ready for school: Dustin Kendall, 14, Brianna Kendall, 13, Faith Kendall, 10, and Elisabeth, 5, are all smiles and ready for school. For the 21st year the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, book bags, shoes and clothing to children in the High Point/Heard-Mixon area. Two sets of new clothing were given along with other required school items. The items were distributed before the start of school. The mission furnishes these supplies for the entire year, along with winter coats and sweaters. The Pine Valley Mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy starts another new school year

The 2010-2011 school year opened Thursday, Aug. 12, at Piedmont Academy with an enrollment of 314 students. There are 139 students in grades K4 through 5; 80 students in middle school; and 95 students in high school. Two-hundred-six families are represented at the school. This number includes 24 new families. 23 percent of this year's student body has alumni parents or grandparents. Drawing from an eight-county area, Jasper County represents 50 percent of the student body. Newton County represents 28 percent and Butts represents 18 percent, an increase from last year. Other counties represented include Rockdale, Putnam, Henry, Morgan ...

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


summer dean's list

Newton student receives Piedmont academic honor

Wendy R. Shivers of Covington was named to the Dean's List at Piedmont College after completing the recent summer semester with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99 out of 4.0.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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