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Parents can learn more about supplemental educational services

COVINGTON -- Parents of students at Middle Ridge Elementary School and Newton High School have an opportunity to use supplemental educational services.

"One of the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Assistant Act is that students who are enrolled in a Title I Needs Improvement school may apply for supplemental educational services," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at the Newton County School System. "Eligible students are offered the opportunity to receive tutorial services from an outside provider free of charge."

Earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Education announced that the two schools, along with seven other NCSS schools, did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2010-11 school year, according to preliminary results. Due to past performance, Middle Ridge and NHS are on the state's Needs Improvement list, and they must offer these supplemental services.

Services include researched-based tutorial programs in reading, language arts and math. They provide additional academic instruction offered outside of the regular school day in one-on-one instruction, small groups or online, according to NCSS.

Parents can select services for their students from a state-approved list of providers. Transportation, if needed, is not provided.

Enrollment is first prioritized and open to students eligible for free and reduced meal prices who don't meet state assessment standards and then for those who do meet the standards. After those students are accepted into the program, enrollment is open to students who are not eligible for free and reduced meals who don't meet state assessment standards, and finally it would be open to students who do meet the standards.

Interested parents can learn more about the available programs by attending a parent informational meeting and provider fair at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Middle Ridge Elementary School, which is located at 11649 Bypass Road in Covington, and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Newton High School, which is located at 140 Ram Drive in Covington.

The deadline to request supplemental services is Sept. 30.

More information is available by contacting Stephanie Hart, Supplemental Educational Services instructional specialist at NCSS, at 770-787-1300, ext. 1288, or hart.stephanie@newton.k12.ga.us.

Ficquett, Livingston, Live Oak and West Newton elementary schools; Clements and Cousins middle schools; Alcovy High School; and Challenge Charter Academy also did not meet AYP for the 2010-11 school year based on preliminary results, but they do not have to offer school choice because of past performance.