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.