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Camp Invention coming to NCCA
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A summer camp program for youngsters that focuses on innovation and building inventions will be held at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington, this year.

In a 5-0 vote, the Newton County Board of Education approved letting Camp Invention use the school facility for a week-long program during the second week of June.

The program will provide STEM-related summer experiences for students between grades 1 to 6.

Students will build and compete in a team racing cart event, build a video game level, take apart old machines, invent new machines and take instruction from the inventor of the digital camera.

The camp begins on June 8 and ends on June 12. The price to register a child is $220.

In other school business:

The board granted the NCCA a one-year extension on its charter that was original signed in May 2010.

This will allow the NCCA governing board to begin a strategic review of NCCA’s academic program while also aligning it with the school district’s strategic plan.

District 2 Board member Eddie Johnson wondered why a strategic review hadn’t been complete prior to this year expiration of the charter.

“There weren’t any shortfalls per se,” Newton County School System Director of Secondary Schools Shannon Buff answered. “(NCCA Principal Chad Walker) is a new administrator so that’s part of the process of building a new governing board and building a strategic review.”

The charter is set to expire June 30, 2016.