Local school boards celebrate School Board Appreciation Week

Qualifying for the Newton Board of Education District 4 seat to replace the late Almond Turner is set for March 2 to March 7.

COVINGTON Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker announced Tuesday night that the board will not appoint a member to the 4th District seat to succeed the late Almond Turner.

“I said it once and I will say it again, Mr. Turner was legendary to this community, and legends never die,” said Henderson-Baker. “We are grateful for his fairness, his commitment to public education and his ability to serve our children as a public servant and not a politician. There will never be another Almond Turner. With that being said, if he was with us today, he would be getting ready to re-qualify for his seat...”

Henderson-Baker went on to say that qualifying for the position will be held March 2-7.

“As a board, the four of us have agreed that the constituents in District 4 will be responsible to select their next Board of Education member,” she said.

Turner served as a member of the Board of Education for 23 years, until his death last November.

All individuals interested in the position would need to contact their local political party to complete official paperwork and drop it off at the Newton County Board of Elections located at 113 Usher St., Suite 103 during regular business hours.

The five elected members of the Newton County Board of Education serve as policy makers for the management and operation of the school system.

They are elected by districts to serve four-year terms. Board members often visit the schools and attend school functions, in addition to performing their official duties as board members.

The school superintendent serves as the ex officio secretary of the board.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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