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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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Slimming school year could save money

In an effort to cut at least $9 million, officials with the Newton County School System have proposed several cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. Below is a look at two proposals, possible change to the length of the school day and changes to high school scheduling, that could potentially save a lot of cash, but have the most impact on parents and teachers.

January 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Bus service, alternative school changes on the table

The Newton County Board of Education has several proposals on the table as it seeks to cut some $9 million in its budget for the 2011-2012 school year. Two cuts that could save the largest amount of money are shutting Sharp Learning Center in favor of a different alternative education and moving to a three-tier transportation program.

January 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Land purchased for new Newton High

The land replacement site for Newton High School has been chosen and the Board of Education has approved the purchase of the 117.7 acres on Crowell Road North.

January 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Five Newton schools earn state honors

The Newton County School System announced that five schools – Heard-Mixon Elementary,

January 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Snow make-up days set for Newton

Mid-winter break for students in the Newton County School System will be cut short to make up for the week that students were off due to inclement weather. The break will now just be two days with students required to attend school on Feb. 16 and 17, but will have Feb. 18 and Feb. 21 off. Students will make up the third day on March 14.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


What are your thoughts on school cuts?

The search for $9 million in education cuts has begun in Newton County and School System Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has released a list of 13 potential cuts.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


School board approves budget timeline

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has released a list of potential cuts to the system's budget and the Newton County Board of Education has unanimously approved a timeline that would have a final budget set by June 14.

January 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Superintendent lists possible cuts

Despite a somewhat optimistic speech by newly-elected Gov. Nathan Deal, the Newton County School System is still looking at potentially cutting $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget. Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has released a list of 13 possible cuts and their potential savings to the school system.

January 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


New to the board of education

The new members: (L-r) Jeffrey Meadors, Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Morgan-Coggin were sworn in to the Newton County Board of Education on Tuesday evening.

January 18, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | Education


List released of potential cuts to Newton schools

A list of possible major budget reductions has been released by Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Here's a summary.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia Southwestern Scholarship

Heather Hodge of Covington has received the Glynn Mathis Endowed

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


School back in session today

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.

January 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Superintendent hopeful after governor's speech

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.

January 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Emory health survey postponed

Harsh weather conditions has forced organizers to postpone a community health survey scheduled for this weekend to Feb. 26-27.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Bullying prevention workshop offered

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.

January 12, 2011 | | Education


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