COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has announced that students scheduled to attend the new Ombudsman program will be meeting in the old Sharp Learning Center building when the new school year begins today.
According to NCSS Director of Public Information Sherri Viniard, the school system will provide bus transportation for the Ombudsman students to Sharp Learning Center. Parents have been notified of the change in location, she said.
Viniard said the delay in moving to two new sites chosen for the program has been caused due to "unexpected delays regarding state approval" of the two sites. The chosen sites are at Newton West Ombudsman, 13015 Brown Bridge Road, Suite 610 in the Publix Plaza near Salem Road and at Newton East Ombudsman, 10154 Carlin Drive near Johnny's Pizza at the Covington Bypass.
High school students assigned to the first session at both Newton East Ombudsman and Newton West Ombudsman will attend classes at Sharp from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; high school students assigned to the third session will attend classes at Sharp from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All middle school students assigned to Ombudsman will attend classes at Sharp from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The alternative education program was chosen as a cost-cutting measure to replace the program the school system had previously offered at Sharp. It is designed so that about 70 percent of the curriculum is computer-based with the other portion being teacher-led instruction and remediation.
Viniard said Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring the new centers meet all state and local requirements.
"No projected opening date is available at this time," she said.