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.
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.
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.