BOE 2024 Leadership

Newton County Board of Education Appoints Leadership for 2024
Posted on 01/26/2024
Board chair, vice chair, and school superintendentIn a unanimous decision on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the Newton County Board of Education appointed Mrs. Abigail Coggin as Chair and Mrs. Shakila Henderson-Baker as Vice Chair. The duo will lead the school board until their final meeting in January 2025.

Mrs. Abigail Coggin, currently in her fourth term as the District 5 representative, has been a dedicated advocate of Newton County Schools since her initial election in November 2010. A Newton County native and alumna of Newton County High School, Mrs. Coggin holds a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Oxford College at Emory University. Actively contributing to the community through the Arts Association in Newton County, she is deeply rooted in the region.

Mrs. Shakila Henderson-Baker, representing District 3 since 2011, brings a wealth of experience to her new role as Vice Chair. A proud Newton County native and alumna of Newton High School and Fort Valley State University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Furthering her education, Mrs. Henderson-Baker earned a Master of Science Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Troy University. Currently serving as the Utilization Management Coordinator at a mental health agency, she has deep roots in Newton County and the school system. Before joining the school board, she served as a parent representative on the school council at the then “Fairview” Theme School. Mrs. Henderson-Baker has also established a technology scholarship for seniors in her name, volunteers at various community events in Newton County, and serves as a guest speaker and reader for schools throughout the district.

Dr. Duke Bradley, III, Superintendent of Newton County School System, commended their leadership, expressing anticipation in working with Mrs. Coggin and Mrs. Henderson-Baker. He emphasized, "Both are excellent leaders, and I look forward to their contributions as board chair and vice-chair. Newton County is fortunate to have school board members prioritizing decisions that benefit our students and staff."