Staff favors seven man school board, six commissioners
In their search for plans to bring better government to Newton County, members of the “People’s Advisory Staff” voted Thursday night in favor of a seven man school board, a six man county commission, and the placing of five Newton County officials on a salary of $12,000 a year. SCHOOL BOARD
School board members would be elected from four districts and the county-at-large as follows: (1) one member from each of the three districts out in the county; (2) two members from the Covington district; and (3) two members from the county-atlarge.
Three board members would be elected for two-year terms.
Two board members would be elected for four-year terms. Two board members would be elected for six-year terms.
Different terms of office would insure the people of having experienced members on the school board at all times.
Board members would elect their own chairman for a two-year term. MULTI-COMMISSION
In order to have a multi-county com- mission which would represent the people from all parts of the county, the staff voted on a plan calling for election from districts of five members and the election from the county-at-large of the full-time administrative commissioner.
Commissioners from the districts would be elected along the same district boundaries as school board members with one member from each of three districts out in the county and two members elected from the Covington district.
Board members would be elected for two, four, and six year terms. OFFICIAL SALARIES
After much discussion the staff voted to place the five full-time county officials on a salary of $12,000 per year. Officials would be the Clerk of the court, Ordinary, Tax Collector, Sheriff and County Administrative Commissioner. HOSPITAL BONDS
The People’s Advisory Staff voted unanimously to endorse the passage of the $475,000 bond issue for the expansion of the Newton County Hospital. The bonds will be voted on Wednesday, January 18, 1967.