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Welcome set for incoming school head

COVINGTON -- The Newton County community will have a chance to meet the incoming school superintendent before he begins his first day on the job.

The Newton County Board of Education is holding an informal meet and greet reception for Dr. Gary Mathews, who is currently the superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City Council Public Schools in Virginia. The board approved Mathews as a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Steven Whatley, who will retire on June 30 after more than 20 years in the school system and four years as superintendent.

"He's very excited to come and can't wait to get here," school board Chair Cathy Dobbs said.

The public is invited to drop by the Newton County BOE building, located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Friday.

"We hope the community will come by and say hello to him and welcome him to our community," Dobbs said.

Refreshments will be served.