Newton school board calls special budget meeting

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education has called a special budget meeting for tonight.

The school board will meet at 5 p.m. today in the board room at the Newton County BOE building, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington, to discuss the 2012-13 school year budget and other matters of interest, according to the agenda released Friday.

Board members got their first look at the tentative budget last week during the monthly work session, when NCSS proposed a more than $135 million budget for next school year.

After the budget proposal, school board Chair Eddie Johnson requested information from the Newton County School System about how adding one or two students per class would impact the budget financially; board member Shakila Henderson Baker said if NCSS is looking at that option financially, she would like to see how that would affect schools academically.

The board had discussed during the work session meeting in a special called meeting to discuss more detailed figures and other information related to the budget, but did not set a meeting until Friday.

During tonight's regular session monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the same location, the school board plans to adopt a tentative budget. However, the budget can change until the board is scheduled to adopt a final budget on June 19.

From June 26 through July 17, the school board may hold public hearings related to the millage rate for next year, according to its budget calendar. The board plans to adopt a millage rate on July 17.

Meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.


Freshvoice2012 3 years, 6 months ago

What is Eddie Johnson smoking?  Add kids to my classroom?  Are you serious?  I cannot even walk a foot without moving furniture.  This is who is leading our school system?  Where is the District 2 opponent?  Unreal.


Freshvoice2012 3 years, 6 months ago

Taking back Newton schools can be done but it means standing up.  There is a BOE meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (May 15).  Show up, sign in, and you have 5 minutes by policy to speak on a topic.  Do not attack BOE members per policy.  Keep names out of it all, but ask these types of questions: 1.  Does the school system have a policy on higher leadership positions dating, marrying, and if not why not?  What are there plans to keep this from happening again?   2.  Is it true that the former principal of Newton High and the current dep supt of Operations owned a business together Lead Learners LLC while one oversaw HR for the other?  Ask does this represent a conflict of interest?   3.  Tips were sent to the superintendent about the topics of alcohol in the news at Alcovy.  Has there been a follow up investigation on any of the public concerns and have any tips been sent in that have had follow up and what results if any can you share to help us improve the schools we pay for?   4.  Does the board have plans to institute a nepotism policy?   5.  Will the board work with local Senate and House legislators to create a bill to prevent the type of HR  conflicts of interest in school systems statewide?   6.  How many teachers and staff have left Alcovy High since 2009 and what is the plan for filling the "brain drain"?   7.  Have club sponsors at Alcovy High been interviewed and have results led to any revelations about claims?   8.  When teachers and other employees have advised the board of what they have known to be true per conflicts of interest in hiring why has the board not acted on these concerns?   9.  What plans does the school system have to raise graduation rates and achievement levels at Alcovy High, a school we are all paying for?  10. What can we learn about the Grand Canyon online school nepotism situation that was cut off at the pass? What was the intent?


Newtownqq 3 years, 6 months ago

I am shocked the the school board called this special meeting on such short notice. There are new laws in place in GA to allow for more access in public meetings. Puting a notice in the paper just hours before the meeting seems strange to me. Was this a move to limit the number of parents at the meetings? Maybe its another illegal meeting? Maybe we better to get a lawyer. Our leadership at Alcovy has show she is not concerned about our children, only how she will sue the newspaper!


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