Group asks school board to promote Fuhrey as superintendent; School board approves superintendent qualifications

COVINGTON -- A group of school staff members and parents have petitioned the Newton County Board of Education to promote a current employee as the system's next leader.

During the board's monthly work session Tuesday, Lynn House, an instructional coach in the Newton County School System, read a petition that was organized by her and signed by a group of nearly 50 parents, teachers and other employees, asking that the board promote Samantha Fuhrey as the system's superintendent, upon Dr. Gary Mathews' retirement in July.

In March, the board approved a recommendation by Mathews to promote Fuhrey from executive director of Secondary Education to deputy superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Board members Eddie Johnson and Almond Turner opposed the motion because of the hiring process used in her promotion.

Fuhrey has 20 years experience and holds a specialist degree.

Before moving to the district leadership level in 2008 to become the director of Professional Learning, Fuhrey worked from 2005 to 2008 as principal of Indian Creek Middle School, where she was previously an assistant principal at the school. Prior to joining NCSS in 2000, she worked in DeKalb County.

"We feel strongly about what is in the best interest of our students/children," reads the letter. "We are convinced that our system, after much work, is finally headed in the right direction. Opportunities for our students/children are expanding in many ways, including preparing them to flourish in the community and compete in a global society. We would like to see the programs and initiatives, currently in place, continue.

"Mrs. Fuhrey is not only familiar with these programs; she has played an integral part in their implementation," the letter continues. "The investment and support, for the district, demonstrated by Mrs. Fuhrey is unparalleled."

The school board did not respond to the letter during its meeting.

The board members later approved a list of superintendent qualifications that will be used in a recruitment effort through the Georgia School Boards Association. In December, the board approved GSBA to conduct a search for its next superintendent for a cost of $8,000; the search could be wrapping up by the spring.

The board approved several qualifications that would be required of a candidate:

-- holds or is eligible for a Georgia Leadership Certificate at the L-6 or higher level;

-- has experience as a principal;

-- has experience as a classroom teacher;

-- is of good moral character and not convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude (required by Georgia law); and

-- has no immediate family member serving on the school board or employed as an administrator in the school district after July 2009 (required by Georgia law).

The board also approved a list of preferred qualifications:

-- holds a terminal degree;

-- has a record of successful experience as superintendent, central office administrator, other executive level position in education or executive level management experience in the private sector;

-- has outstanding leadership skills in educational administration, curriculum, instruction and personnel management;

-- utilizes team-building approach to educational leadership and is committed to maintaining open communication and fostering cooperative relations among the school district, school board and community leaders and organizations;

-- has a proven record of sound fiscal management, including budgeting and educational finance;

-- maintains high expectations of personnel in the areas of leadership, professional conduct and support of the school system;

-- holds high expectations of students in the areas of academics, discipline and extracurricular involvement;

-- is an effective public speaker with demonstrated oral and written communication skills;

-- is involved in school and community activities;

-- is involved in professional organizations; and

-- holds high standards of ethical and moral conduct; a role model.

Editor's note: This article clarifies the motion opposed by Eddie Johnson and Almond Turner.


amp72 2 years, 7 months ago

And I wonder why Johnson and Turner opposed the motion to promote her? Care to explain, gentlemen? Is it because of your relationship with your buddy Dennis?

And I'm sure everyone noticed this: "has no immediate family member serving on the school board or employed as an administrator in the school district after July 2009 (required by Georgia law)."


Frustrated 2 years, 7 months ago

amp you really had to ask that question? That answer should be crystal clear to everyone by now.


amp72 2 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, yeah.... I know....it SHOULD be crystal clear to everyone.


NoSPLOST 2 years, 7 months ago

Please write the board, write letters to the editor, write the BOE members and VOTE YES for MRS. FUHREY.



Shart15 2 years, 7 months ago

Why I love 2013: 1. Carpenters are leaving Newton County. 2. We can promote Ms. Fuhrey for Supe and she will be better than any candidate the Board of Bad Grammar can ever find. I am so sick of the Carpenter crap and even hearing their names.

Please take the two who voted no on her - Turner and Johnson - OUT of the decision making process and let Meadors Baker and Coggin make the decision.

FUHREY would be a tremendous breath of fresh air!


henrystamm 2 years, 7 months ago

Reading the requirements only one like obama would qualify. he would write an executive order that would prohibit any bad disclosure of his record and education. Plus this guy, if he/she exists will cost us taxpayers an arm and a leg.


inthemiddle 2 years, 7 months ago

I have had the chance to meet Mrs. Fuhrey several times and was very impressd. Several high quality teachers i know have told me that they hope she gets it. I hope the board is listening. And i hope that Turner and Eddie aren't looning for one quality and one quality alone!


NoSPLOST 2 years, 7 months ago

That is all they look for. Keep an eye out next week.


MamaTurd 2 years, 7 months ago

Mama is in the house to say there are MAJOR race divisions here and "inthemiddle" hit the nail on the head.


Thishonky 2 years, 7 months ago

Hiring process had nothing to do with it. "Inthemiddle" is ON the money. Mathews stated in that meeting that a precedent was already in place three other times in the past for the same hiring process. This is about RACE people.


mrsfingerprints 2 years, 7 months ago

Race and politics that is all these clowns are about. Race race race. There was NO reason to oppose her move she is highly qualified much more so than their buddy.


Shart15 2 years, 7 months ago

Newton BOE is now majority black. There has been a black board chair for the past two years (the two worst years in NCSS history) and they will NOT appoint a white board chair. Johnson and Turner will oppose Fuhrey based on hiring practices (on which they are flat wrong) but they will go off the normal rotation and find a way NOT to appoint a white chair. Wait and see. Take your kids and your money and go to home schools or private schools or just leave totally the state of NCSS over the past 2 years with these two board chairs is in the toilet.


NoSPLOST 2 years, 7 months ago

NCSS does not need one more penny from anyone. Make them live within their means. IT is the only hold out - MONEY. They must clean up school crime and clean up corrupt leaders who don't follow laws. Crime is awful, scores are awful, graduation rates are awful and people look at all of this hard data and say OH everything is just swell. It is not and they need to hear loud and clear on March 19th that we don't support this lack of oversight.


1_player 2 years, 7 months ago

Mrs. Fuhrey would be great for the job, however the sad thing here is that you all actually believe the crap you write. I'll bet you've never asked any board member personally what they thought. It's easy to make baseless claims here in the comment section. Why don't you send your board representative an email or give them a call. Their information is readily available. I guess you would rather make claims in the blogs and stir up controversy.


Lucy30016 2 years, 7 months ago

katie you are wrong go hit the nursing books


amp72 2 years, 7 months ago

That's interesting because I know at least 8 people who have done just that and guess what? They only got a response from one BOE member. I'll let you guess who that BOE member is. No one is trying to "stir up controversy." People are trying to avoid it by exposing the truth and the truth is there is corruption in the system. Thankfully it is being weeded up but it won't be until June.


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