The Clements Theme School, a parental involvement focused school for middle school grades, was created last year with great expectations from parents, the board of education and the community. This week the Newton County Board of Education voted to discontinue that experiment because of the costs involved in keeping open a school serving half its capacity.
We agree that this was the right thing to do at this time and we applaud the board for their humbleness and courage.
As opportunities present themselves, we will editorially salute those who we cover in the paper and who we consider hometown heroes. Last Sunday we started the series by acknowledging the accomplishments of Detective Daniel Seals with the Covington Police Department and Blue Willow Inn owner Louis Van Dyke. Today we add two more heroes to The Covington News Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame.
In these troubled times it's encouraging and refreshing to read stories that involve courage, perseverance and success. In Friday's paper we ran two such stories on the front page. If you missed them you can go to CovNews.com and read them.
The positive thing about our community is this - we may squabble, we may disagree, but when push comes to shove on any crisis that hits our county, there is a unity that has served us well in our existence.
There is no question that there is a major financial crisis affecting our school system. Many people and groups have strong ideas on how to correct the economic problems facing the Newton County School System, including our editorial board. Until the final decision is made on how almost $10 million is going to be cut, people have a right to offer ...