Newton Board Earns 2018 Quality School Board Status

Newton Board of Education Earns 2018 Quality School Board Status
Posted on 06/07/2018
Board of Education members

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) 2018 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.”

The Newton County Board of Education met and or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2018 Quality Board.  The criteria included the following:

  • Adoption and implementation of a Strategic Plan
  • Approved the Vision Resolution and Incorporated five of the Vision Project’s school district recommendations in to the system’s strategic plan
  • Conduct 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
  • All Board members abide by local Code of Ethics Policy
  • Annually adopt a balanced budget


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.