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Newton BOE named Board of Distinction

COVINGTON - Last month, the Newton County Board of Education was presented with a new honor.

At the Georgia School Boards Association/Georgia School Superintendents Association Annual Conference held at the end of November, Newton was one of 15 Georgia school boards named a Georgia School Board of Distinction.

The BOE had to apply for the classification.

"It makes us plan for the future more and it distinguishes your system; why wouldn't you apply?" board member Cathy Dobbs said. "It's designed to make you proactive and plan. It's important when you're that type of board."

In order to be considered for the honor, the Newton County BOE had to provide the following documentation: be in compliance with the GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education, a Web link to the local district's policy manual posted online, a copy of the board's goal setting model, a Web link to postings of monthly board meeting agendas and a stated plan to integrate technology at the governance level of the local district.

New for this year, the board also had to provide a GSBA Board/Leadership Team Self Assessment Checklist.

"Being designated as a Board of Distinction, not just a standard board, is proof of this board's commitment to providing quality leadership for the district," said Newton County School System Superintendent Steve Whatley in a statement from the school system.

The board will have to recertify in two years in order to keep the honor.

"We have a great board," Chairman Johnny Smith said. "I appreciate the award, but we don't need (the honor) to tell us that - I think we do a good job."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: At a glance

2007 Georgia School Boards of Distinction

' Candler County

' Commerce County

' Decatur City

' Fayette County

' Glynn County

' Jones County

' Lamar County

' Lowndes County

' Lumpkin County

' Marietta City

' Mitchell County

' Newton County

' Tift County

' Troup County

' Valdosta City

' Webster County

Source: Georgia School Boards Association