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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).