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The Newton County Board of Education elected by unanimous vote, a new chair and vice chair at the January 16, 2013 monthly meeting. Mrs. Abigail Coggin, District 5, will serve as the Chair of the Newton County Board of Education and Mrs. Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3, will serve as Vice-Chair.

According to Newton County School System policy BBA, the duties of the chairperson are as follows:

·         to ensure that all members of the Board are equally informed regarding the pertinent issues of the district;

·         to preside at all meetings;

·         to serve as the official representative of the Board unless another member is designated by the Board to do so;

·         to plan with the Superintendent the Board meeting agendas;

·         to appoint all committees unless otherwise directed by the Board;

·         to discuss and to vote on all questions;

·         to call special meetings of the Board whenever conditions set for special meetings have been met;

·         to execute all documents requiring the signature of the chairperson on behalf of the Board;

·         to sign the official record of Board proceedings (minutes) as kept by the secretary and approved by the Board; and

·         to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, by adopted Board policy, or by action of the Board.

It is the vice chair’s duty to preside in the temporary absence of the chairperson and perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board, and by policy.