No NCSS schools on Alert list

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

It’s an ex­clu­sive list that New­ton County School Sys­tem is glad it’s not on.

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (GA­DOE) re­leased its list of 2014 Alert Schools, and no New­ton County Schools made the cut.

Alert schools are Ti­tle I or non-Ti­tle I schools in one of the 181 state school dis­tricts that scored the low­est achieve­ment of the “all stu­dents” group in terms of pro­fi­ciency on the statewide as­sess­ments. For NCSS schools, that means now-ex­tinct EOCTs and CRCTs. They must have demon­strated a lack of progress on those as­sess­ments over three years in the “all stu­dents” group,” ac­cord­ing to the GA­DOE web­site, and they may not be iden­ti­fied as a Pri­or­ity or Fo­cus School.

NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey said the district is not where it needs to be be­cause there’s still room for im­prove­ment, but “we’re on the right path.”

“Our schools con­tinue to demon­strate im­prove­ment in the area of stu­dent achieve­ment,” Fuhrey said. “Our teach­ers, lead­ers and staff are com­mit­ted to work­ing dili­gently to en­sure our stu­dents are pre­pared to grad­u­ate with choices be­yond high school. We ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tin­ued sup­port of our par­ents and com­mu­nity – they are im­por­tant ‘play­ers’ in the im­prove­ment process. The New­ton County School Sys­tem team en­deav­ors to be the best.”

So­cial Cir­cle High School made the list.

Fundrais­ers galore

Schools are not just kid­ding about be­ing able to hold as many bake sales, car washes or any type of fundraiser as they want now that the board ap­proved the re­vi­sion of Pol­icy JK.

Un­til now, pol­icy gov­ern­ing so­lic­i­ta­tions lim­ited the num­ber of school-wide fundrais­ers a school may con­duct in a given year. Ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools were al­lowed one such event per year, and high school clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions were al­lot­ted two fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties per year.

But due to eco­nomic con­di­tions and the “need to de­sire qual­ity pro­grams, events and ini­tia­tives at the school level,” those lim­i­ta­tions were re­moved. The prin­ci­pal must ap­prove all school-level fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

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