School can­celled, will re­sume Tues­day

Will be re­quired to make up 3 days

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

Newton County schools are sched­uled to open their doors for stu­dents and teach­ers once again Tues­day morn­ing af­ter a week’s worth of ice and slush kept many side streets too dan­ger­ous for driv­ing. The week off cou­pled with Mon­day’s Martin Luther King Jr. hol­i­day will not be free though, and sev­eral days will have to be made up.

Ac­cord­ing to Newton County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews, daily con­sul­ta­tion with the sys­tem’s op­er­a­tions per­son­nel, along with reg­u­lar up­dates from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice and var­i­ous govern­ment en­ti­ties helped ce­ment his de­ci­sion to keep school closed through to­day. Ge­or­gia at­ten­dance re­quire­ments say that three of those days must be made up. Mathews said those make-up days will be de­ter­mined at a later time.

The weather also forced a de­lay in the swear­ing in of new board of ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers Jef­frey Meadors, Shak­ila Hen­der­son-Baker and Abi­gail Mor­gan-Cog­gin and the board’s monthly work ses­sion. The new board mem­bers will be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. Tues­day and they will then hold a com­bined work ses­sion and meet­ing at 7 p.m.

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