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July 22, 2015


The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey’s contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract extension at the July 21, 2015 combined meeting. As a result of this extension, Fuhrey’s contract now runs through the completion of the 2017-2018 school year. This is the second contract extension Fuhrey has received since the board selected her as superintendent in 2013. She was initially offered a three-year contract before assuming the duties as school superintendent on July 1, 2013.

“I’d like to thank the members of the Newton County Board of Education for their vote of confidence; we have worked together over the last two years to focus our decision-making on what is in the best interest of our students and employees,” said Fuhrey. “Our collaboration has paid great dividends as the accomplishments of school system have been outstanding.  We will continue to strive to ensure 100 percent of our students graduate on time and well-prepared to have choices beyond high school.  I whole-heartedly believe that by working together our school system can achieve great things!”

Ms. Fuhrey previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Newton County Schools. She has extensive leadership experience at the executive level as she previously served as the Executive Director for Secondary Education, the Director of Secondary Education, and the Director of Professional Learning for Newton County Schools. Before becoming a district administrator, Ms. Fuhrey was the principal of Indian Creek Middle School in Newton County from 2005 to 2008 after having been promoted from assistant principal, a position she served from 2001 to 2005. Prior to her employment with Newton County Schools, Ms. Fuhrey worked for the DeKalb County School System as an assistant principal and an English teacher.

Ms. Fuhrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English from Marywood University in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia in 2000. She added an Education Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2006.

“Ms. Fuhrey has proven her leadership abilities time and time again since taking over the Superintendent position,” said Abigail Coggin, chair of the Newton County Board of Education. “The Board is grateful for the work she has done and we look forward to her leading the district into the future.”

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