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Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Shannon Buff to be Newton High principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shannon Buff, director of secondary schools, is getting a new job within the Newton County School System (NCSS). Starting July 1 she will ...

April 30, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 ...

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the ...

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper ...

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Fairview Elementary excited about its Little Free Libraries

"This class believes that time spent reading is time well spent," Jan Hudson, fourth grade teacher for Fairview Elementary School, said.

April 21, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE hires new Indian Creek principal

COVINGTON, Ga - Swade Huff will become Indian Creek Middle School's new principal starting July 10. He will replace Renee Mallard who is leaving at ...

April 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Flint Hill Elementary School removed from State Focus School List

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Flint Hill Elementary School (FHES) has met the exit criteria and is no longer on the ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Local Students on the Dean’s and President's Lists at Presbyterian College

One local student from Covington, Musashi Briem, earned a 3.30 GPA and the honor of the Dean's List at Presbyterian College for the ...

April 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS elementary students win 2017 Young Georgia Authors Regional Writing Competition

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that three NCSS elementary school students won first place at the 2017 Griffin RESA Regional ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford sophomores honor fallen students

The 2017 sophomore class of Oxford College honored two members of the Oxford community by naming a room in Candler Hall after them March 29.

March 31, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


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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


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


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