Local legislators will soon receive a letter from the Newton County Board of Education listing their top priorities for the county. Not only is the letter an annual event, so is the theme, which includes requests to pump more funds into the school system.
By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education took a $1.5 million cut into the $9 million in budget reductions needed for next school year by agreeing Tuesday to implement a three-tier transportation system.
Money remains tight for education from the state, and there's little likelihood that Newton County schools will see any relief from budget cuts for next year, according to Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program has launched its annual search for Georgia's highest SAT-scoring high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic success.
Special visitors: As part of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Program, Live Oak Elementary fathers were invited to spend the morning in their children's classrooms. Dads were invited to drop in anytime between 7 and 10:30 a.m. Dads read with students, led reading and math small group activities and participated in music, art and P.E. classes.
The Collegian of Georgia Perimeter College has been named best student newspaper at a Georgia two-year college by the Georgia College Press Association. The Collegian's website, collegiannews.com, also was named best two-year college website at the association's annual awards luncheon Feb. 5 in Athens.
Card kids: Mansfield Elementary School pre-k students Makayla Gutierrez, Colton Fincher and Sara Beth Roberts paste, draw and color hearts on homemade Valentine's Day cards Thursday morning. These students, along with the rest of Mrs. Smallwood's pre-k class, made the cards with their families in mind and will present them to their loved ones on Monday. To see more photos, visit covnews.mycapture.com.
Super students: Eastside High School has announced its top ten scholars for 2011. The all-girl lineup includes (not pictured in order): Valedictorian Kim Waters, Salutatorian Melissa Greer, Shelby Hughes, Caroline Garrett, Amanda Stansfield, Lacee Smith, Gurinder Sunner, Abigail Thomas, Hailey Thomas and Courtney Wynne.
The numbers are in from the Newton County School System's stakeholder survey, and from teachers to the voting public, it seems those involved in the lives of Newton County's students are in agreement with nearly all possible budget cuts suggested by Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews, including changing to a seven-period day for high schools, and eliminating two assistant principal positions.