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At their Tuesday, August 19 monthly meeting, the Newton County Board of Education hired Mr. Chad Walker as the next CEO/Principal of the Newton College and Career Academy. He will replace Mr. James Woodard, who was recently named superintendent of the Morgan County School System.

“I’m looking forward to this new adventure and the challenges that lie ahead,” said Walker. “I’m looking forward to building business and industry partners and helping develop a stronger workforce for Newton County.”

He noted that his first year will be spent, “watching, listening, and learning, and working on building relationships with the students and teachers. I want to build a sense of pride and family.”

A resident of Newton County, Walker did say it would be “bittersweet” leaving Rockdale County Schools and the Rockdale Career Academy (RCA). 

“I’ve worked at RCA for seven years and I will definitely miss everyone there,” said Walker. “But when this position opened I felt like it would be a perfect fit for me. And I’m honored to have been selected.”

Walker has been employed with Rockdale County Schools since 1998, when he started as a mathematics and computer applications teacher at Salem High School. He later transferred to Heritage High School as a teacher before promoting to assistant administrator and then Project Success Coordinator. He transferred to the Rockdale Career Academy as the assistant principal for instruction and operations in 2008 and has served in that capacity ever since. 

Mr. Walker holds a bachelor of science in education from the University of Georgia; a master of arts in secondary mathematics from Piedmont College; an education specialist in instruction and curriculum from Piedmont College; and a leadership certification from the University of Georgia. 

He is an active member of the Covington First United Methodist Church, a member of the Newton County Arts Association, and has coached Newton County children at the Newton County Recreation Department. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Mr. Walker to the Newton County School System team,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Mr. Walker’s experience at the Rockdale Career Academy has equipped him to support the current and future needs of the Newton College and Career Academy.  I am confident that he will be a great asset for both our school system and our local business community.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at