What­ley wel­comes new NCSS ad­min­is­tra­tors, staff

To­tal en­roll­ment up from 2006

The Covington News - - OPINION - By Jenny Thompson

New­ton County School Sys­tem Su­per­in­ten­dent Steven What­ley wel­comed the dis­trict’s new ad­min­is­tra­tors and cen­tral of­fice staff at a re­cep­tion be­fore Tues­day night’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion work ses­sion.

“As is tra­di­tion here,” What­ley said. “We put the new peo­ple on the spot.”

Each per­son new to the dis­trict or in a new po­si­tion briefly in­tro­duced him or her­self to the other at­ten­dants.

New prin­ci­pals are Wendy Hughes, Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary; Ericka An­der­son, West New­ton El­e­men­tary; and Gabriel Bur­nette, Sharp Learn­ing Cen­ter.

New as­sis­tant prin­ci­pals are Shari Thomas, Fairview El­e­men­tary; Shawn Wells, Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary; Charles Price, Rocky Plains El­e­men­tary; Al­li­son Jack­son, West New­ton El­e­men­tary; Romonda Springs, Cle­ments Mid­dle; Jeff Cher, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle; Deb­bie Stephens, Al­covy High; and Pam Carter, Sharp Learn­ing Cen­ter.

Those new to the Cen­tral Of­fice are Stephanie Hart and Alan Sat­ter­field.

From the trans­porta­tion de­part­ment are Di­rec­tor Charles Brasher and As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Ran­dall Luna.

Jan Loomans is the new school nu­tri­tion di­rec­tor.

“We hope you’ll con­tinue to do your ab­so­lute best,” What­ley said, “be­cause that’s what our kids de­serve.”

Other news from Tues­day night’s meet­ing in­cludes:

• The most re­cent NCSS en­roll­ment re­port shows the sys­tem hav­ing 1,462 more stu­dents than Au­gust of 2006. To­tal en­roll­ment now stands at 19,144.

• Par­ents can now view their child’s at­ten­dance, grades and dis­ci­pline by log­ging onto the Stu­den­tTrack pro­gram lo­cated on the home­page of their school’s Web site.

• The New­ton High School FFA re­cently re­ceived Na­tional 2-Star Chap­ter sta­tus. This is the sec­ond high­est rank­ing an FFA chap­ter can re­ceive in na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Last year the chap­ter was rated in the top 10 per­cent in the state.

• Cathy Stubbs, NCSS di­rec­tor of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, was in­formed re­cently by the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion that the de­part­ment meets re­quire­ments of part B of the In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties Act (IDEA) for the 2005-2006 school year. Meet­ing th­ese re­quire­ments en­sures fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the state for the pro­gram.

• The Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Adap­tive Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment re­cently re­ceived a $250 do­na­tion from AT&T for the pur­chase of “beep ball” equip­ment for use by vis­ually im­paired stu­dents. The foam balls emit a high-pitched beep­ing sound, mak­ing them eas­ier for vis­ually im­paired stu­dents to lo­cate.

• The Board will soon ad­ver­tise for pro­pos­als out­lin­ing a com­pre­hen­sive cus­to­dial clean­ing pro­gram that will in­clude clean­ing chem­i­cals, ex­ten­sive train­ing for cus­to­dial staff and cus­to­dial equip­ment and re­pair. Plans to let a con­struc­tion con­tract for the new mid­dle school open­ing in 2009 are sched­uled for early fall.

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