Schools closed again to­day

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

Newton County Schools re­main closed to­day due to in­clement weather and haz­ardous road con­di­tions through­out the county.

Schools have been closed since Mon­day. Newton County Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews said it will be de­ter­mined at a later time if stu­dents will need to make up the days missed due to the treach­er­ous weather.

Ac­cord­ing to Mathews, the de­ci­sions to close the schools are based on a va­ri­ety of things, in­clud­ing the opin­ions of op­er­a­tions per­son­nel through­out the county.

“We re­ceive reg­u­lar weather up­dates from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice and Cov­ing­ton/Newton County 911,” said Mathews in an e-mail. “Ad­di­tion­ally Dr. (Den­nis)

Car­pen­ter (Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent for Op­er­a­tions) has op­er­a­tions per­son­nel weigh in on con­di­tions around the county. Dr. Car­pen­ter and I con­fer on school sta­tus given the re­ports we re­ceive and I sub­se­quently make the de­ci­sion as to whether we're open or closed.”

The swear­ing in of new board mem­bers Jef­frey Meadors, Shak­ila Hen­der­son-Baker and Abi­gail Mor­gan-Cog­gin has been post­poned, as has the board of ed­u­ca­tion work ses­sion, both of which were orig­i­nally sched­uled for Tues­day. The board will have a swear­ing in and a com­bined work ses­sion/ monthly meet­ing on Jan. 18, ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions Sherri Davis-Viniard.

Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege also will re­main closed Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to its web­site. DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege and Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege were both closed Mon­day and Tues­day. Perime­ter is hold­ing ex­tended spring 2011 reg­is­tra­tion un­til 5 p.m. Fri­day.

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