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BOE discusses possible raises

Newton County school officials discussed four possible budget scenarios for the next school year that could cease any furlough days, increase the amount of money paid to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and raise for all employees' salaries in the Newton County School System (NCSS).

April 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | Education


Teenager, Interrupted

What your growing child needs from you, right now.

April 19, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


NCSS named a REACH school system

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia has announced that the Newton County School System (NCSS) is one of 19 additional Georgia school systems that will be participating in the program in the 2015-2016 school year. Georgia school systems had the opportunity to apply to participate in REACH Georgia during the application process that was open from December 1 through February 25.

March 29, 2015 | | Education


The Rebel’s Manifesto

I throw my hands in the air, and do a short, ridiculous dance. "It's Friday!" I exclaim, and I walk out of the office and into my sanctuary. I leave the lights off and sit at my desk, black coffee steaming in front of me.

March 15, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Education


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Social Circle's val & sal: Straight shootin'

Social Circle High School's Valedictorian has known her co-salutatorians for years. They take most of the same classes and are in most of the same clubs. The two salutatorians know each other even better. In addition to taking the same classes and participating in the same sports, they're also identical twins.

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Tentative budget set, Clements parents speak out

The Newton County Board of Education unveiled their tentative budget for the Fiscal Year 2011 Tuesday night, adding back some proposed cuts and raising the millage to 20 mills.
The numbers are still preliminary, as the board will hold three more budget work sessions before approving the FY11 budget at the June 15 meeting. The board also has yet to see the amount they will receive from both local and state funding and is working with anticipated figures.
The NCSS proposed budget shows an estimated beginning fund balance of $5.8 million, less than $4 million then it was last ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Rotary Club announces top 10 for local high schools

For the last 45 years the Newton County Rotary Club has taken great pride in honoring the top students in the county with their annual Top 10 awards and this year was no exception when the best and brightest Newton County has to offer were celebrated Monday night.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Newton County schools receive over $5 million in grants since 2008

With the Newton County School System in such dire financial straights, any little bit of monetary help has been very much appreciated, and since January 2008, they have managed to apply for and receive more then $5 million in grant money to help fund different projects.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Clements Theme School dissolved

In a four to one vote, the Newton County Board of Education decided to dissolve Clements Theme School and turn Fairview Theme into a kindergarten through fifth-grade theme school.

May 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Newton County Board of Education votes to dissolve Clements Theme School

In a four to one vote, the Newton County Board of Education decided to dissolve Clements Theme School and turn Fairview Theme into a kindergarten through fifth-grade theme school.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Three students named Governor's Honors finalists

Three Newton County School System students have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Governor's Honors Program (GHP) and will be invited to participate in the prestigious six?week summer instructional program at Valdosta State University in Valdosta. This year's program is scheduled for June 13 through July 24.

May 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE votes on 2010-2011 school calendar

The Newton County School Board has voted on a calendar for the upcoming school year. After spending several months reviewing different options, the board decided on a calendar that has students in school for 178 days.

May 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Rumors, myths surround education cuts

The Newton County Board of Education is recommending significant cuts to programs and personnel in an attempt to make up a nearly $10 million deficit in its Fiscal Year 2011 budget, but many parents are wondering about rumors of a surplus of money in that exact amount.

April 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


GPC registration delayed 1 month

Fall registration at Georgia Perimeter College will begin a month later then usual since a final decision has not been reached on the state's budget.

April 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE budget issues meeting draws crowd

Alcovy High School's auditorium was near capacity with more than 30 people signed up to speak in front of the Newton County Board of Education about proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2011 that, if approved, will cut several jobs from the county as well as eliminate the middle school athletics program for Newton County students next year.

April 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Tuesday BOE meeting to be held at Alcovy High School

The Newton County Board of Education will has changed its plans to meet at Alcovy High School in the auditorium Tuesday night at 7 p.m. According to Director of Public Relations Sherri Viniard, the meeting has been moved because of a conflict at EHS.

April 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Education cuts in Newton similar to other districts

The Newton County School System is being forced to cut nearly $10 million from it's Fiscal Year 2011 budget in order to make up for a deficit, but they aren't the only ones. Surrounding counties are being forced to cut programs and positions as well in order to make up for a drop in both funding from the state and local tax revenue.

April 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Agriculture awareness week shows drive, dedication of farmers to 5th grade class

This year the Women's Committee wanted to focus a lot of attention on promoting a very effective program for the Governor's Agriculture Awareness Week. First, the Women's Committee got together to outline their plan of action. Next, the committee needed to find a fifth grade teacher who was willing and excited about getting involved in this program.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


New superintendent meets community

Newton County Board of Education's incoming Superintent, Dr. Gary Mathews, was present at a meet-and-greet Friday afternoon at central office. Along with enjoying refreshments, the public were invited to come and meet Mathews who will take over when current Superintent Dr. Steve Whatley retires in June.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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