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TeacherMan 9 months, 2 weeks ago on STEM institute planned for part of old Newton High; School board to decide on fate of remainder of building

Whoaaaa! I just watched the NCCA HARLEM SHAKE on You Tube and these children are not leading a quiet life nor are they minding their own busyness. Sounds to me like this may be why the math scores arent good round town EVERYBODY DANCE NOW on the taxpayer's tables.

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TeacherMan 11 months, 1 week ago on School board pegs internal candidate as next superintendent; Fuhrey will be first female superintendent

Turner & Johnson are out of touch. They are apparently still living with old agendas. Just sitting in the meeting the other night was shocking in terms of the bad English spoken and breaking rules putting a motion on the floor when one is already on the floor and has not been voted on. I think these two will be sore losers for a long time. It is time for Georgia to make a master's degree a requirement for anyone to qualify for a school board position. I guarantee you then we would see better schools in GA. From where I sat it looked like it all happened so fast that Johnson could not find his groove and thank God the motion for Mrs. Fuhrey was thrown on the floor in lightning speed. It was all over in less than 60 seconds and the right choice was made.

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TeacherMan 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Newton Citizen Poll for May 5, 2013

Have to agree on the BOE. They have had three names circulating for a month now and cannot even apparently hire a superintendent. This will be a circus I am sure. No transparency where the BOE is concerned and I heard just today of more teachers leaving NCSS.

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TeacherMan 12 months ago on Letter: Weigh interests of children in selecting superintendent

Thank you for speaking out. I am very worried that this school board will try to put someone in who does not know the work being done currently to get scores up to where our public wants them to be. We need a school board who cares less about spending decades on the board and more focused on student achievement. I am shocked as a teacher when I watch the board meetings or go to them. The grammar and usage of the English language alone by the Newton BOE is appalling and that is who is leading our kids? I worry about those same decision makers making the decision for our next superintendent. There are only five votes that matter in all of this and the county should be very worried. Thanks again Mrs. Silvio. And to the Covington News please place blame where it is due regarding Alcovy and that is smack dab on the principal who left in November and never came back this year. The last 3 years have put our test scores in the bottom of the county, the state and therefore the nation since GA ranks so low. Don't blame bloggers and don't blame teachers - many of us are the bloggers who are fed up with the lack of support we have had at Alcovy and many of us are leaving this year. To the school board as we leave CLEAN UP your HR department.

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TeacherMan 12 months ago on Alcovy student faces molestation charges involving incident at after school program

This is not the only thing going on at Alcovy High this week. Teachers were struck and hurt and one was out of work. Do you think NCSS cares a darn about this? No. I contacted the board member and still have not heard back. I think even the board members cannot support NCSS any longer because of the blatant failure. We never see anyone from the central office at Alcovy any more we are way out here in the field near another county. We have been written off. It will take a class action lawsuit against NCSS, the Newton BOE and the NCSS Human Resources Department to make this a national stage issue. The damage done to the children of Newton County based on bad hiring practices is horrific and I hope past and presently leaving teachers find an attorney to take this on and do Open Records and depose board members because they know a whole lot to share as do the many assistant principals and counselors who were run off. If there is a hungry lawyer out there who wants to make education work for children and stand up for teachers this is the place to make your mark.

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TeacherMan 12 months ago on School Crime Report for April 19, 2013

It is leadership. I will tell you from the inside of Alcovy High School out. County rules are not followed. The assistant principals and counselors for the most part were hired or mired down with the last principal who was rarely in attendance and left early. The hiring has been horrible here and many of us yes are getting the heck out of here. The crime and graffiti is bad. In school suspension is more full than any other classroom. Parents are taking kids out of here at our urging. It may be a ship that has sailed for now unless the Board of Education who can hardly construct a correct sentence (have you watched the meetings on video and heard the massacre of the English language by our education officials?) has the guts to make hard choices. Most of them don't. So yes I would agree with dennistay53 it is leadership in Newton County. Mathews had no plans to leave in 3 years but is leaving. Rumor has it they won't even replace Dennis Carpenter's job so basically that shows the job was made up, artifical, and never needed anyway. The people at the bus barn do all that work. The choices for superintendent range from mediocre credentials to nepotistic if you research one to a community divider if you research the other one. AHS has the most awful student achievement data. The counseling staff basically has no clue as they ran off the quality counselors in the last 3 years. Take a look at the leadership team and counselors and grad coach and you will get a clue of what the focus has been at AHS for hiring and we are all sick of it. If the county thinks that the double digit resignations this month was a big deal wait until next month. Many of my colleagues have inked jobs in other counties in the state and out without telling a soul. The hiring in NCSS is a disaster and until you get hiring corrected the system will lose students as we are and more private schools will flourish and good for them! I would not send my own kid here and even "some" who always said they would have taken them out of AHS and they are now at EHS. Just this week teachers were hit. We are tired of the lack of support and the fake transparencey and when we leave the same old HR dept at NCSS can do their same old thing and give the taxpayers more failure.

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