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More than 160 Newton students transfer

COVINGTON — More than 160 Newton County students are attending different schools than which they were assigned to this school year due to federal and state laws.

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Ombudsman students will meet at Sharp after all

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has announced that students scheduled to attend the new Ombudsman program will be meeting in the old Sharp Learning Center building when the new school year begins Thursday.

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Schools get Ford grant

The Newton County School System has been awarded a grant by the Ford Motor Company Fund that will pay for a team of 10 to 15 teachers and administrators, along with local business and industry leaders, to attend a learning workshop this fall to implement Ford PAS Next Generation Learning at Newton College and Career Academy.

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Parents, students invited to school open houses

COVINGTON -- Although students may still be enjoying sleeping in late or hanging out by the pool, the first day of school is right around the corner.

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Parents, students invited to school open houses

COVINGTON — Although students may still be enjoying sleeping in late or hanging out by the pool, the first day of school is right around the corner.

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Middle Ridge must offer school choice

COVINGTON -- Middle Ridge Elementary School must continue to offer school choice this upcoming school year based on Adequate Yearly Progress data.

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NCSS to see test changes

The Newton County School System is preparing for changes in graduation requirements for next school year.

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Students can transfer under state law

Parents who wish to have their Newton County children transferred to a different school than where they are assigned next school year have less than a month to submit a request.

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Most CRCTs below state, but improving

COVINGTON -- Although Newton County School System students on average scored below state averages on the spring CRCT, system officials said that scores have improved from last year.

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Schools to maintain math curriculum

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is expected to maintain its current math curriculum for high school students next year, although systems around the state were given permission to revert to an older version of the program.

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'American Pie' sequel may film at Newton High

COVINGTON -- Newton High School could be the setting of a major motion picture and earn a little money for the Newton County School System, too.

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'American Pie' sequel may film at Newton High

COVINGTON — Newton High School could be the setting of a major motion picture and earn a little money for the Newton County School System, too.

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NCSS office hours change for summer

The students are gone, the grades are calculated and the classrooms are packed away -- it's summer for the Newton County School System.

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NCSS scores higher than state on tests

Preliminary results show that the Newton County School System has outperformed the state in three out of four areas on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. Additionally, many schools saw gains on the test this year.

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Schools give OK to project for education

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is moving forward with an educational partnership with state agencies to improve public education in Georgia through a program called the Vision Project.

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Transition programs open for rising freshmen

COVINGTON -- Parents of rising ninth-grade students must register their children by this week for free summer transitioning programs.

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Mathews to renegotiate contract again

The Newton County School System is renegotiating a contract with an educational strategist to save federal funding next school year.

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Mathews recommended for Louisiana position

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is reviewing the employment history of Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews as a possible candidate for the state's superintendent of education.

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BOE approves realignment to save $143,000

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System's central office administration will be reorganized later this year to save $143,000 annually.

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BOE tentatively approves 2012 budget

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education is moving forward with its budget for the 2011-12 school year.

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Mathews wants more training from Mulligan

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews is asking the school board to spend nearly $100,000 in federal funding to bring an educational strategist to speak to staff again next school year.

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'It's a huge investment in little people': Newton BOE approves funding pre-K for full year

Newton County School System's prekindergarten program will continue as usual next school year.

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Board nixes awning

The Newton College & Career Academy will be a functional building next year, but it won't have all of the bells and whistles it might have in a better economy.

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BOE approves technology policy

COVINGTON -- New wireless features in schools and changes in technology forced the Newton County School System to make some changes in its computer policies.

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NCSS: No budget surprises coming

COVINGTON -- Officials at the Newton County School System aren't expecting any surprises this week when state budget allocations for next school year are released.

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New school buses will arrive later this year

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is expecting to add a few more new buses to its fleet by the end of this school year.

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Replacement for Newton High School: Site work for facility to begin

Over the next several days, crews are expected to start clearing the site that will eventually house a replacement for Newton High School.

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BOE set to decide on pre-K funds

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education is expected to decide tonight if its prekindergarten program will be able to continue at full speed next school year.

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Mathews: Expect more budget cuts

COVINGTON -- The budget outlook for the Newton County School System just got worse.

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NCSS to learn more budget details

Officials in the Newton County School System are expecting to know more later this month about its budget woes.

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Newton students earn 5 first-place wins in science competition

The Newton County School System is celebrating five first-place winners and several other honors in science.

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NCSS: 4 picked for summer program

Four Newton County students will get a special summer experience this year.

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School to update technology policies

COVINGTON -- With ever-changing technologies, come more changes to the Newton County School System's computer use policies.

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School board to consider more time for public

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education is considering the addition of more public participation to its monthly meetings.

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State to select GHP finalists this week

COVINGTON -- More than 30 Newton County students will learn this week if they will get to participate in an educational summer program in south Georgia.

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Eighth-grade writing tests up, below state

COVINGTON -- More Newton County middle school students are passing the state-administered writing test but most schools are continuing to score slightly below state averages.

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State approves land for NHS replacement

The Georgia Department of Education has approved the site for the Newton County School System to build a replacement for Newton High School.

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Registration now open for academy

High school students interested in attending the county's first college and career academy next year can register now.

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Schools to keep using tech products

The Newton County School System will continue to use Promethean products in the classroom.

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Newton kindergarten registration next week

Parents of rising kindergarten students must register their children next week.

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School board approves calendar

COVINGTON -- Newton County students and teachers will have a similar calendar next school year as it was this school year.

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Flint Hill, Airport top names for new school

Newton County's 14th elementary school will be named Flint Hill or Airport Elementary School.

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Mathews warns of cuts to state, federal programs

Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews said more cuts may come to the system's prekindergarten and special education programs next school year.

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School board approves budget cuts

COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Education approved nearly $8.3 million in cuts to the general fund operating budget for the 2011-12 school year during its monthly work session Tuesday night.

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School board approves budget cuts

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education approved nearly $8.3 million in cuts to the general fund operating budget for the 2011-12 school year during its monthly work session Tuesday night.

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School board approves cuts

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved nearly $8.3 million in cuts to the general fund operating budget for the 2011-12 school year during its monthly work session Tuesday night.

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School board to meet tonight

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education is expected to make many decisions regarding multi-million budget cuts at tonight's work session.

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BOE urged to make budget cuts

If the Newton County Board of Education doesn't make severe budget cuts this year, the members should expect more cuts in the future.

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Application deadline soon for arts academy

Newton County students interested in getting more of a liberal arts education have until the end of the month to apply for admission to a special program.

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NCSS develops RIF procedures

The Newton County School System is likely to be forced to implement a Reduction In Force if certain budget cuts are put into place for next school year.

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Newton school board to vote on calendar

COVINGTON -- Students, parents and teachers may know their school schedule for next year by later this month.

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BOE meets to discuss budget cuts

COVINGTON -- Members of the Newton County Board of Education met with leaders of the Newton County School System for about six hours Friday to discuss making nearly $9 million in cuts to its system budget for next school year.

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Community asked to take survey on naming new school

COVINGTON -- Community members still have time to weigh in on their preferred name for Newton County's 14th elementary school.

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NCSS Pre-K registration next week

COVINGTON -- Parents interested in having their children in a public Newton County prekindergarten program next year can register them beginning next week.

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Board OKs legislative priorities

The Newton County Board of Education has adopted its legislative positions for the year that it will give to local delegates.

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Board to meet for budget cuts

The Newton County Board of Education will meet with school system officials Friday for a daylong planning meeting to discuss budget reductions of up to $9 million for next school year.

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NCSS compiles budget survey results

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System administrators are looking over data from the recently closed stakeholder survey regarding possible major budget reductions.

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Newton County Schools open today

Newton County schools are open and will begin on time today, according to Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews.

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Snow possible Thursday

Weather forecasters are predicting wintry weather possible starting tonight; however, conditions are not expected to affect travel.Keep checking www.newtoncitizen.com for updates.

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Newton County Schools open today

Newton County schools are open and will begin on time today, according to Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews.

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Newton school board to decide on high school schedules

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education may decide by March whether the system's high schools will operate on a different schedule next school year.

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BOE mulls plan for alternative students

It will be at least another month before the Newton County Board of Education will decide on the fate of Newton County's alternative school program.

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Newton school board to vote on new transportation system

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education could decide next week whether or not the school system will alter its transportation program.

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Mathews hears from public about NCSS budget cuts

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System administrators got to hear from some members of the public in an open budget forum Thursday night.

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Newton school board sets meeting schedule

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education recently adopted its 2011 meeting schedule.

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Newton students ready for Spelling Bee

COVINGTON -- Newton County students will get to show off their spelling skills this week.Twenty students will compete in the 2011 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Eastside High School, which is located at 10245 Eagle Drive in Covington.

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Newton school board to decide on new school name in March

COVINGTON -- Parents, students and staff moving to the new elementary school on Airport Road next school year won't know until at least March what the school will be named.

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Board to decide on school name in March

COVINGTON — Parents, students and staff moving to the new elementary school on Airport Road next school year won't know until at least March what the school will be named.

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BOE paid appraised land value

The Newton County School System paid the appraised value for land to build a replacement for Newton High School, documents show.

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NCSS sizes up budget to others

The Newton County School System has compared itself with seven other school systems in Georgia while making decisions about possible cuts to next school year's budget.

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NCSS backs buying land for school

The Newton County School System is defending its purchase of nearly 118 acres of land to build a replacement for Newton High School in 2013.

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Five Title I schools get state honor

COVINGTON -- The state has designated five Title 1 schools in the Newton County School System as distinguished schools.

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NCSS purchases land for replacement high school

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has purchased land where it will build a replacement for Newton High School.

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School make-up days scheduled

COVINGTON -- Newton County students won't get as long a winter break as they once expected, due to school cancellations last week as a result of snow and icy weather. Students and staff members will have to make up three of the five days missed last week.

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School holds info sessions

Parents have a chance this week to get more information about Newton County's parent-involvement theme school.

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BOE to meet this Tuesday

The Newton County Board of Education will only meet once this month, thanks to the snow and ice storm that blanketed Newton County this week and closed schools for five days.

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Schools closed again today

COVINGTON — Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and staff today.

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NCSS prepares for tech issues

COVINGTON -- The technology department at the Newton County School System is working to develop a technology disaster recovery plan in the event of a technology emergency.

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Newton schools to remain closed Thursday

Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and most staff on Thursday.

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NCSS offering workshop on bullying

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is hoping to get parents more involved and give them some meaningful advice at the same time.

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Newton County Schools closed Monday

Newton County Schools are closed Monday to all students and staff.Additionally, Georgia Perimeter College has canceled all Monday classes, according to its Web site.Stay tuned for more updates.

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Newton County Schools closed Monday

Newton County Schools are closed Monday.

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Three Newton schools honored

COVINGTON — Three Newton County schools were honored along with 345 public schools in the state for outstanding academic achievement.

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Three Newton schools honored

COVINGTON -- Three Newton County schools were honored along with 345 public schools in the state for outstanding academic achievement.

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Schools to increase use of college and career website

COVINGTON — Newton County middle and high school students will have more opportunities to research college and career planning during the school day.

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Schools to increase use of college and career website

COVINGTON -- Newton County middle and high school students will have more opportunities to research college and career planning during the school day.

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School system looking at cost savings

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is putting some new measures in place in several departments in an effort to save money.

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Hayden will retire at the end of school year

COVINGTON -- One of the Newton County School System's top officials will leave the system at the end of the school year.

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Agreement between Newton, Social Circle schools now in effect

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- An agreement signed in 2007 between the Newton County Board of Education and the Social Circle Board of Education that took effect this month allows Newton County students to attend Social Circle schools.

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Board approves theme school plan

The Newton County Board of Education has approved a plan for the parent-involvement theme school that changes only a few things for next school year.

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Mathews to release list of possible budget cuts

COVINGTON -- Although a holiday break starts next week for students and many staff members in the Newton County School System, some top-level officials will be busy discussing budget options for the next school year.

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BOE OKs school rezoning

COVINGTON — Newton County elementary schools will be rezoned as planned, but some rising middle school students and their families will have to wait a little longer before they know what school they will attend next school year.

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NCSS to close for extended holiday break

COVINGTON — Newton County students and staff will get an extended break this month to celebrate the holidays.

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BOE OKs school rezoning

Newton County elementary schools will be rezoned as planned, but some rising middle school students and their families will have to wait a little longer before they know what school they will attend next school year.

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NCSS to close for extended holiday break

Newton County students and staff will get an extended break this month to celebrate the holidays.

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Theme school deadline Feb. 28

COVINGTON -- Families may know by March if their children will be able to attend Newton County's parent-involvement theme school next school year.

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Elementary parents invited to rezoning meetings

COVINGTON -- Newton County elementary school parents and other community members concerned about rezoning have at least two more opportunities to voice their concerns or ask questions.

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Newton certified as work-ready community

COVINGTON — Newton County is helping students become more work ready.

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Newton certified as work-ready community

COVINGTON -- Newton County is helping students become more work ready.

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High school writing test results out

More Newton County students are passing the Georgia High School Writing Test, which must be passed in order for them to graduate.

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Fairview runs successful recycling program

COVINGTON -- Students, staff and parents at Fairview Theme School have come together this year to run a successful recycling program. The school's community service club started out recycling paper last year, and the cafeteria staff is in charge of the system-wide Styrofoam tray recycling that started last year too. The club is made up of about 20 third- and fourth-grade students and meets once a week before school with a few teacher sponsors for about seven weeks.This year, the school also started recycling aluminum, tin and other items.See a full story in tomorrow's Newton Citizen

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Budget outlook grim for next school year

It will be another rough budget year for schools next school year if financial predictions hold true, according to officials at the Newton County School System.

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Newton schools under budget on sewer work

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System is expecting to pay less than budgeted for sewer work at its new elementary school.

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Newton schools under budget on sewer work

The Newton County School System is expecting to pay less than budgeted for sewer work at its new elementary school.

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Modular rooms out for 2011

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System intends to eliminate the need for modular classrooms — at least for the next school year — with its new rezoning plan.

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Modular rooms out for 2011

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System intends to eliminate the need for modular classrooms -- at least for the next school year -- with its new rezoning plan.

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NCSS plans elementary rezoning

COVINGTON -- About 30 percent of the Newton County School System's 9,500 elementary school students are expected to be affected by next school year's rezoning plans.

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NCSS students could take industry tests

The Newton County School System plans to test students on state and national industry standards later this school year.

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NCSS, NCSO investigating alleged assault

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged assault on a student by a teacher at Liberty Middle School, officials have confirmed.

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NCSS, NCSO investigating alleged assault

The Newton County School System and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged assault on a student by a teacher at Liberty Middle School, officials have confirmed.

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NCCA selects board officers

COVINGTON -- Although the Newton College & Career Academy isn't expected to be open to students until January 2012, its board of directors is actively involved in planning for the new school.

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NCSO: Boy brings pellet gun to school

An Oak Hill Elementary School fourth-grader has been referred to law enforcement and could be suspended from school after bringing an air soft pellet gun to school on Thursday morning.

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NCSS to save $10M in funds

The Newton County School System expects to save nearly $10 million in capital funds by replacing older bonds.

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Schools to utilize private lawn care

The Newton County School System hopes to save more than $250,000 by privatizing its lawn care services.

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