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Former EHS student named to Dean's list

Kaija Rolin Barrett, a 2014 graduate Eastside High School, was named to the Academic Dean's list at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Grajko | Education


Local students honored at Georgia College

Georgia College recognized some of Newton County's own high achievers this week, awarding five degrees to local residents and honoring over two dozen students for their scholastic aptitude and hard work.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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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


Montessori School students give grants to local non-profits

For the second year, middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington have awarded grants totaling $1,000 to local non-profit organizations serving Newton County.

April 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Superintendent sends memo detailing cuts

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley has announced the first round of personnel-related cuts, which he hopes will save the school system approximately $10 million, but will eliminate several teaching positions as well as middle school athletics.

April 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


School calendar recommended

 The Newton County Board of Education will vote on the new school calendar on April 27 and if they accept the recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, the 2010-2011 school year will no longer have a week-long fall and winter break.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


County schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit

At Tuesday night's work session, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley's recommendation to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed the board the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Superintendent to start cutting next year's budget

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education gave Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley permission to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed them the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Aussie ambassador

While most fifth-graders are looking forward to spending their summer vacation sleeping late and hanging out with friends, 11-year-old Natalyn Crockett hopes to learn about how to bridge cultural and political borders and promote peace globally as a student ambassador to Australia. But, she might not make it if she can't raise the funds by May 1.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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