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Schools to hold parent informational meetings on learning programs

COVINGTON -- Three Newton County School System schools will hold parent informational meetings this week regarding new Flexible Learning Programs being offered at school.

Schools identified by the Georgia Department of Education as Priority, Focus and Alert Schools must implement specific programs and interventions to assist students in improving their academic performance. Challenge Charter Academy is identified as a Priority School and both Live Oak and West Newton elementary schools are identified as Focus Schools.

Challenge Charter Academy's program will include free intersession activities, a four-day after-school program and a half-day summer program designed to improve student achievement in mathematics.

Live Oak's program includes a free two-day after-school program and a Saturday program designed to improve student achievement in science.

At West Newton, there will be a free two-day after-school program focusing on student achievement in math.

Transportation will be provided for all three programs.

Priority for these services is based on a four-tier criteria mandated by the Georgia Department of Education.

The priority is as follows:

-- Students eligible for free and reduced priced meals in Title I schools who do not meet state assessment standards must be given first priority.

-- Students eligible for free and reduced priced meals in Title I schools who do meet state assessment standards must be given second priority.

-- Students not eligible for free and reduced priced meals in Title I schools who do not meet state assessment standards must be given third priority.

-- Students not eligible for free and reduced priced meals in Title I schools who do meet state assessment standards must be given fourth priority.

NCSS announced late Monday that interested parents may attend their school's informational meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday at West Newton and 6 p.m. Thursday at Live Oak. Challenge Charter Academy held its meeting Tuesday.

Parents interested in having their child attend their school's After School Flexible Learning Program must complete an enrollment application and deliver it to the school principal by Friday.

Applications are available on the homepage of the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.