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School board sets meeting schedule

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education recently adopted its 2010 meeting schedule during its monthly meeting in January.

Most of the monthly work sessions are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, and most of the regular session meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month.

However, some months vary from that schedule to accommodate school holidays.

The school board plans to meet for its regular session on the fourth Tuesday of the month in February and April in order to not meet over the mid-winter and spring holiday breaks.

In July and December, the board plans to meet only once for a combined work session and regular session meeting, as they have done in the past. In July, the board will meet on the third Tuesday, and in December, it will meet on the second Tuesday.

Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley said the board is allowed to change only one meeting per year after the calendar is adopted.

All work sessions and regular sessions are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County Board of Education office, located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington. More information is available at www.newtoncountyschools.org.

Also during the meeting, the board members selected its next board chair and vice chair to replace current Chair C.C. Bates and Vice Chair Cathy Dobbs, who have served for a year.

School board member Almond Turner nominated Dobbs to serve as chair this year, a vote unanimously accepted by the other members. In turn, Dobbs nominated Turner to serve as vice chair for the year; it also was unanimously approved by the remaining members.

Dobbs, who serves District 3, began her service on the school board in January 2003. She is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Gerri Murphy Realty in Covington and lives in Almon with her husband, Denny, and three sons, Bryan, Luke and Lane.

Turner, representing District 4, has been on the school board since 1997 and has served as chairman three times and also as vice chairman in the past. He is the assistant chief of the city of Covington Police Department, plays the trumpet in the Newton County Community Band and is a member of Springfield Baptist Church. Turner and his wife Anita have three children, Dwahn, Shaye and Shundra.

The board chair and vice chair will serve for one year, until the next chairpersons are nominated during the board's annual meeting, scheduled for Jan. 18, 2011.