COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Education has achieved the status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2019 Quality School Board recognition.
The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement.
“Being identified as a Quality School Board demonstrates the dedication and commitment of our Board to act on behalf of our students and community,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County Schools. “I commend our board for a job well done.”
The Newton County Board of Education met and/or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2019 Quality Board.
The criteria include the following:
• Adopting and implementing of a Strategic Plan.
• Approving the Vision Resolution and incorporating five of the Vision Project’s school district recommendations into the system’s strategic plan.
• Conducting a self-assessment and developing recommendations for improvement in Board Governance.
• Adopting a Superintendent Evaluation instrument that reflects state requirements and incorporates the System’s Strategic Plan improvement goals.
• Meeting State Board of Education training requirements, and
• Complying with standards of all selected accreditation associations.
• All Board members abiding by local Code of Ethics Policy.
• Annually adopting a balanced budget.
The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership.