COVINGTON — By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education reappointed Shakila Henderson-Baker as chair and Abigail Coggin as vice-chair for 2020. They will continue to serve in that capacity through the school board’s January 2021 meetings.
Henderson-Baker is currently serving in her third term on the Newton County Board of Education, having originally been elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014 and 2018. She is the District 3 representative on the school board. A Newton County native, Henderson-Baker is a graduate of Newton County High School. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Fort Valley State University and holds a master of science degree in psychology and counseling from Troy University.
Abigail Coggin served as vice-chair in 2018 and was re-elected to continue in that position in both 2019 and again this year. Like Henderson-Baker, Coggin is in her third term in office as the District 5 representative on the Newton County Board of Education. She was originally elected to serve on the school board in November 2010 and then re-elected in 2014 and 2018. A life-long resident of Newton County, Coggin is a 1992 graduate of Newton County High School. She continued her education by graduating from Oxford College and Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Coggin is an employee of the Arts Association in Newton County.
“Both Mrs. Henderson-Baker and Mrs. Coggin are excellent leaders and I look forward to working with both of them in their continued capacity as board chair and vice-chair,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “We are fortunate in Newton County that each and every one of our school board members makes decisions for our school system based on what is best for our students.”