BOE Extends Superintendent's Contract

BOE Extends Superintendent's Contract, Increases Salary
Posted on 07/30/2018
Samantha Fuhrey head shotThe Newton County Board of Education has extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey’s contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract extension at the July 24, 2018 combined meeting. As a result of this extension, Mrs. Fuhrey’s contract now runs through the completion of the 2020-2021 school year. This is the fifth contract extension Mrs. 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. In addition to her contract extension, the board increased Superintendent Fuhrey’s salary by three percent.

“I would like to thank the members of the Newton County Board of Education for their continued support,” said Fuhrey. “Our work together has led to improvements in student outcomes and increased community partnerships. School boards from across the state and nation are learning from our unique initiatives which have led to increased recognition nationwide. We are very fortunate in Newton County to be represented by board of education members whose focus is ensuring all students are well-rounded and prepared for the future. I look forward to working with them over the course of the next three years.”

Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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, Mrs. Fuhrey worked for the DeKalb County School System as an assistant principal and an English teacher.

Mrs. 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.

“Mrs. Fuhrey exemplifies the qualities our board wants in our local school superintendent,” said Almond Turner, chair of the Newton County Board of Education. “She has proven to be an outstanding leader in public education and we are very fortunate to have her. Mrs. Fuhrey is truly devoted to making sure we provide the very best educational opportunities to the children enrolled in our school district. The board members and I are grateful for her hard work and commitment to our school system and community and we look forward to her leading Newton County Schools for many years to come.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis, Director of Public Relations for Newton County School System at [email protected].