The Newton County Board of Education discussed the rezoning of the county's elementary schools at Tuesday's meeting. All schools will be affected in some way, though not all students will necessarily change schools.
The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.
George M. Cohen's classic musical "Give My Regards to Broadway" will be staged by the Eastside High School Chorus Show Choir at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.
Visiting speakers: On Nov. 3, guidance counselor Kelli Fain arranged for 17 colleges to speak with high school junior and senior students along with their parents about their college or university. Upperclassmen were able to inquire about admission requirements, programs of study, campus life, semester fees, athletics, deadlines, financial aid, scholarships and any other question that came to their mind. The students found the fair to be extremely helpful and arranged several tours to the various schools.
Newton County FFA Teams were very successful in competing at this year's Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. The Newton County Beef Show Team won Second Place Beef Livestock Herdsman Award for its division and Newton High School received Honorable Mention for its Chapter Forestry Display.
The Newton County School System continues to surpass Georgia's average graduation rate, with 84.2 percent of county seniors graduating in 2010, compared to 80.8 percent of seniors statewide, according to information released on Tuesday. Newton County has also continued to post yearly increases in its graduation rate for all students.
Piedmont Academy's Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended "Tribulation Trail" in Stockbridge on Oct. 15. The dramatic, biblical presentation began in 1992 and is sponsored by several community churches in the area. The group walked through tiki-lantern lit paths through the woods to experience journeys based on the Bible's book of Revelations.
The Newton County Board of Education will save $9.7 million over several years and get a rebate every six months through its participation in the Qualified School Construction Bond Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"We estimate had you sold regular tax exempt bonds your interest cost would have been $9.7 million over the life of the bonds," said Bryce W. Holcomb Jr., director of the public finance department of Citigroup in Atlanta.