COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education will retain one of its personnel policies that originally was slated to be abolished.
In October, Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews recommended that the school board retain, revise or replace 24 of the 74 policies and abolish 50 policies in the personnel section, Section G. It was suggested by the Georgia School Boards Association, which has worked with NCSS to recommend the policies to keep and some to abolish due to other authority like state law or the state BOE covering it or due to redundancy.
The board has previously approved other policy sections this year, after a review was suggested following a visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2008.
One of the policies being considered for abolishment this month included GAG -- Staff Conflict of Interest, which also is covered by an educator code of ethics and current law.
It states that no BOE employee shall engage in or have a financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with his or her duties and responsibilities. Additionally, it states that administrators and supervisors employed by the BOE shall not directly supervise, evaluate or recommend for continuation of contract or termination of employment family members.
However, Mathews changed his mind on his recommendation, instead suggesting at the school board's monthly meeting in November that the board keep policy GAG. He said he called Marvene Brooks, legal consultant for GSBA, who agreed that NCSS would be best served by its retention.
"While both state law and the educators' code of conduct were cited by GSBA as sufficient coverage with respect to staff conflict of interest, I felt it was in everyone's best interest to be covered to the optimal extent possible by school board policy as well," Mathews said in an email Monday.
The board agreed, unanimously accepting Mathews' new recommendation at its November meeting.
The board is reviewing its next set of policies that it will approve this month. They cover Section I, instruction program.
A copy of the policy manual is available on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.