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BOE increases budget

Around this time each year the board of education (BOE) reviews and, if appropriate, adjusts the Newton County School System's (NCSS) annual budget. According ...

November 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC’S Kye Haymore named president-elect for National Association

Kye Haymore has been teaching paralegal studies courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for 10 years. Seven years ago, she joined, and almost immediately ...

November 15, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton High’s Jason Smith is a Grammy semifinalist

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year Francene Breakfield, head counselor at Newton High School, approached band instructor Jason Smith with a few questions ...

October 29, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


‘Rosenwald’ shown at Oxford

Aviva Kempner presented her documentary "Rosenwald" to students and Newton County residents Wednesday.

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


A conversation with Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College of Emory University, has been on the job for about three months now. He recently talked to the Covington ...

October 25, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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Newton students receive Piedmont academic honor

Five students from Newton County have earned academic honors for fall semester at Piedmont College.

January 12, 2011 | Special to The News | Education


Newton County schools closed Tuesday

According to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews, the Newton County School System will be closed Tuesday for all students and employees.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Superintendent to announce tentative cuts Monday

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.

January 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Mathews discusses cost of running schools

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.

January 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Fairview, Clements, Heard-Mixon earn state awards

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).

January 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Dr. Linda Hayden to retire

Dr. Linda Hayden, Newton County School System's Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, has announced her plans to retire the end of June.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Theme school to expand, move

Newton County's theme school for the next school year is getting a new name and home: Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Perimeter names new vice president

Longtime Georgia Perimeter College employee Clarence Alan Jackson has been named vice president of academic affairs.

January 04, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Perimeter welcomes high school students

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.

December 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


Superintendent readies $9 million in cuts

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.

December 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Board approves elementary rezonings

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.

December 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Victorian Christmas at Indian Creek

Back in time: Indian Creek Middle School students took a trip back in time to visit the Victorian era Thursday afternoon. The students, who had been studying the historic culture, were encouraged to dress the part as they sampled foods the ladies and gentlemen would have snacked on, made holiday crafts and ended the day with games.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Shows of the season

Piedmont Academy held its elementary Christmas program on Dec. 9 under the direction of music teacher, April Allen. Backdrops for the program were constructed and painted by the cast and crew of the high school's One Act Play.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Outgoing education board members honored

Fond farewell: The Newton County School System held a reception on Tueday honoring outgoing board of education members. District 1 Representative Johnny Smith has served one full term and half of a term left open by the death of Richard Tiede. District 3 Representative Cathy Dobbs has served two full terms and Greg Proffitt has served as the District 5 representative since Dr. C.C. Bates left the seat in June. (Above) Dobbs speaks with Alcovy High School Principal Dr. LaQuanda Brown. (Left) Smith hugs former board member Dr. C.C. Bates.

December 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


School Board won't move Palmer-Stone name to new elementary

The Newton County Board of Education voted 3-2 on Tuesday to not name the new elementary school Palmer-Stone, listening to the reasoning of several Oxford residents who argued that the name should remain in the city because of its historical importance.

December 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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