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Newton County School System is proud to announce that the Newton County Board of Education has achieved the status of the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2014 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 School System. “I commend our Board for a job well done and look forward to working on the next steps to becoming a Distinguished Board.”

The Newton County Board of Education met and or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2014 Quality Board.  The criteria included the following:

  • ·      Adoption and implementation of a Strategic Plan
  • ·      Review the recommendations of the Vision for Public Education in Georgia report
  • ·      Complete a self-assessment and develop recommendations for improvement in Board Governance
  • ·      Adopt a Superintendent Evaluation instrument that reflects state requirements and incorporates the  System’s Strategic Plan improvement goals
  • ·      Meet State Board of Education training requirements, and
  • ·      Comply with standards of all selected accreditation associations

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.

In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.

The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, three tiered program beginning with the Quality Board status.  For more information on the program you may visit the GSBA website at