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School board continues reviewing policies

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System continues to review and update its policies.

The Newton County Board of Education is expected to vote on the next set of policies at its monthly meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Newton County BOE building, located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.

The board has previously approved other policy sections, after a review was suggested following a visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2008. The Georgia School Boards Association has worked with NCSS to recommend the policies for NCSS to keep and some to abolish due to other authority like state law or the state BOE covering it or due to redundancy.

Over the past month, the school board has reviewed the personnel section, Section G.

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews is recommending that the board retain, revise or replace 24 of the 74 policies. Some may be consolidated with other policies and others retained with minor revisions.

He also is recommending that the board consider abolishing 50 policies. Some are otherwise covered by state law and some would be handled through the evaluation process or administratively, according to the recommendation.

Some policies the board is considering abolishing include:

-- GAG -- Staff Conflict of Interest, which is covered by an educator code of ethics and current law.

The current policy 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.

-- GAHC/KDB -- Staff Public Appearances, GBF -- Orientation of Personnel and GBRG -- Non-School Employment, which are handled through an evaluation process.

The policies cover those that state that staff are encouraged to attend public appearances as long as they don't interfere with their assigned duties nor represent a conflict of interest; that all professional personnel shall participate in induction activities prior to the beginning of school each year; and that additional employment other than with the BOE is allowed if it does not interfere with the employee's responsibilities, and if it does, he or she will be subject to suspension or dismissal.

-- GAM (1) -- Staff Rights and Responsibilities and GBRA -- Health Examinations, which grant rights not otherwise provided by law.

The first covers control by the BOE and administration, including that the superintendent is mainly executive or administrative in character while the BOE establishes policy. It also covers complaint procedures.

-- GBB -- Positions and GCB -- Classified Personnel Positions, over which the board has authority without policy.

-- GBRK -- Vacation --12-Month Employees and GCRB -- Time Schedules, which are handled administratively.

-- GCN -- Separation, which is determined by state law and may have unwanted legal implications.

It states that any non-certificated classified employee may be dismissed at any time for various reasons, such as incompetence, insubordination, immorality and violating state law or BOE rule or for reduction in staff due to loss of students or lack of sufficient funds to continue the position or cancellation of programs and for any other sufficient cause.

This month, the board is reviewing its next set of policies that it will approve in December. They cover Section I, instruction program.

A copy of the policy manual is available on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.

Comments

tomgahunter 1 year, 9 months ago

If you do not think than NCSS needs to eliminate their policy

-- GAG -- Staff Conflict of Interest, which is covered by an educator code of ethics and current law.

The current policy 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.

Email Gary Mathews at:

<p>mathews.gary@newton.k12.ga.us>
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Frustrated 1 year, 9 months ago

After all the H*** raised about the Carpenters they want to do away with that policy? I knew they would try to get around it but eliminate the policy all together? Thats just crazy.

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TheUpside 1 year, 9 months ago

Mrs. Floyd deserves a promotion. I am speechless.

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amp72 1 year, 9 months ago

Then you better speak up. Now! Send your thoughts to: info@newton.k12.ga.us

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Shart15 1 year, 9 months ago

This is how Carpenter himself describes his duties:

2009-Present Newton County Schools Covington, GA Deputy Superintendent for Operations Responsible for all district operations (budget, finance, human resources, capital projects, transportation, purchasing, maintenance, and school nutrition). Streamlined the districts operations to affect an annual savings of over two million dollars .Serve as a member ofthe Superintendent's Executive Leadership Team. Responsible for a budget of approximately 150 milliondollars.

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Shart15 1 year, 9 months ago

and this:

In addition to my documented expertise in the area of curriculum and instruction, I currently lead the human resources, business/finance, procurement, facility construction, transportation, maintenance and school nutrition functions in a district of 19,500 students, with a general fund budget of over $145 million.

So he does supervise the high school in these areas. They violate their own policy.

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Watermelonlover 1 year, 9 months ago

I bet we hear next that Mathews is getting the hell outta the park and a majority are gunning to abolish this so Carpenter can be superintendent. Unreal. Majority vote only needs 3.

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eyewitness 1 year, 9 months ago

The GSBA legal counsel who worked with NCSS had zero (NONE) knowledge of the LaQuanda Carpenter - Dennis Carpenter conflict of interest that has dominated the local and area media for a year. She was not told of it and clearly it was kept from her so GSBA cannot make a reasonable recommendation to abolish local policy and our board should NOT listen to this garbage. Make your voice known to your board member and Gary Mathews at mathews.gary@newton.k12.ga.us

<p>info@newton.k12.ga.us (Newton public input email)

<p>communications@doe.k12.ga.us (Dept of Education)

Contact the GSBA attorney also.

Phillip L. Hartley Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP Wells Fargo Center, Suite 750 340 Jesse Jewell Parkway Gainesville, Georgia 30501 (770) 534-7341 (770) 532-0399 fax phartley@hhhlawyers.com

Contact GSBA policy people at:

Angela Palm GSBA Director of Policy & Legislative Services 770-962-2985

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ThePublicGood 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm with Tom above. This policy should be stronger not abolished. Nepotism allows people to think they can act however they want. Think back. In published statements Gary Mathews admitted he was completely unaware of her filing a lawsuit about school board and school system things. She had apparently never told him. This alone would cause firing in most cases. She then dismisses it without his knowledge until the public knows. Nepotism is very destructive even in the private sector but it is uncalled for in the case of LaQuanda Carpenter, Dennis Carpenter, the hiring of the nephew in maitenance from what people say and the nepotism in the bus and transportation department which Dennis Carpenter claims he is supervisor of. This system needs gutting and stricter policy - not abolished policy. Did the legal counsel from GSBA even know what goes on down here? I was told not.

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georgiagrown 1 year, 9 months ago

GAG -- Staff Conflict of Interest

Our elected Board of Education members are going to vote on whether this policy should be eliminated Tuesday, November 27. We cannot let this policy be abolished. This seems to be such a simple policy but it is one that can change the morale in ALL our schools.

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.

Even if this policy is covered under some other state policy, we need this in place in Newton County now more than ever. This is already happening much more than most are aware of. Please email Dr.Mathews (mathews.gary@newton.k12.ga.us) or any board member before Tuesday's meeting. You can find board members addresses list on the Newton County School Systems web page under the tab Board of Education. I, as many of you, have tried to stay out of all that has been going on in the county but this is too important to sit quietly by. All you have to do is let Dr. Mathews or a board member(which ever you are more comfortable with) know you are NOT in favor of abolishing this policy. Short and sweet but well worth your time. I have already voiced my opinion. Please voice yours and encourage others to voice theirs as well.

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eyewitness 1 year, 9 months ago

VOTE NO ON SPLOST. GO to the meeting tonight OR email Gary Mathews at mathews.gary@newton.k12.ga.us and tell him to tell us to the penny how much time and money the system spent on the LaQuanda Carpenter lawsuit and ask that she pay the system back and vote NO on SPLOST until then.

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Satan69 1 year, 8 months ago

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