Newton school board to meet for combined meeting

Board will meet tonight

COVINGTON — For the second time this summer, the Newton County Board of Education will hold only one meeting this month.

Instead of a normal separated work session and regular monthly meeting, the board will meet for a combined meeting Tuesday.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.

At the meeting, the board is expected to set a millage rate for the new school year. Last month, it approved a budget for the 2013-14 school year, which began July 1, that included a legally maxed-out millage rate of 20 mills for its $149.5 million tentative budget.

The board also is expected to hear a transportation update from the NCSS Operations Department at Tuesday's meeting, according to the published agenda. The board previously has discussed making changes to the Ombudsman alternative school transportation — former Superintendent Gary Mathews suggested the board eliminate the transportation altogether or add a bus monitor because of recent extreme situations on board the buses that resulted in the contacting of law enforcement nearly every day.

The board also expects to approve a contract with its Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency, as well as one for heating, ventilation and air conditioning services at Tuesday's meeting. It also will hear recommendations for the purchase of physical education equipment and giving the superintendent authority to employ or transfer staff to meet enrollment demands during the first month of school, as is done every school year.

The board also will hear a request for assistance in developing a five-year local facilities plan and the completion of a local board governance annual report.

The school board is expected to return to a normal meeting schedule for August through November and hold another combined meeting in December.