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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.