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About the Board

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education usually meets the Third Monday of Each Month at 5:30 pm in the N. Ashe Avenue Facility.
Meeting dates are subject to change.
The Newton-Conover City School System is governed by a six-member Board of Education that sets policy and establishes guidelines for school operations.  Board members are elected on a nonpartisan, citywide basis, with three representatives coming from the City of Newton and three from the City of Conover.  The chairman and vice-chairman are elected by the Board.

At Newton-Conover, the board members' decisions affected approximately 3,000 students in eight schools during the school year .  Decisions made by local boards of education affect communities, families, and children.  The children that are in public school classrooms today will be the leaders of tomorrow.  Local Boards of Education literally have the future in their Collective hands.

Members of the board are committed to setting the highest possible standards for the school system and for our students.  The spend many hours reviewing policies, establishing goals, studying issues, attending meetings, and determining budgets.  There are four key roles for a board member:  setting a vision for education in the local community; establishing a structure for everyday operations; developing a comprehensive accountability system for administrators, teachers, and students; and advocating for students and public schools.

The superintendent, appointed by the Board, is responsible for administration of the school system.

Regular monthly board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the Discovery HS/ACT cafeteria.  Work sessions are conducted  on the first Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Administrative Offices.  All meetings are announced in advance through the local media, and the public is invited to attend. Persons desiring to address the Board should follow the procedures set forth below.   

Public Comment to the Board of Education
Newton-Conover City Schools
Procedural Guidelines
Latest Revision: February 9, 2010

The Newton-Conover Board of Education understands the value of citizen input as well as the legal obligation to permit public comment as directed by PL 115C-51.
605 North Ashe Avenue
Newton, NC 28658
Phone # 828-464-3191
Fax # 828-466-0063

Dr. Aron Gabriel,  Superintendent
Jim Stockner
81 County Center Street
Newton, NC  28658
Home - 828-464-0875
Cell - 828-302-0174
Employer: Retired
Term Began: 12/2015
Term Expires: 12/2019
Tim Hayes
311 West C Street
Newton, NC  28658
Home - 828-850-9504
Cell - 828-850-9504
Employer: Newton Police Department
Term Began: 12/01/2017
Term Expire: 11/30/2021
Phil Heath, Chair
200 West 8th Street
Newton, NC  28658
Cell - 828-291-8506
Employer: Vanguard Furniture
Term Began: 12/01/2017
Term Expire: 11/30/2021
Mark Pennell
817 Rock Barn Rd NE
Conover, NC 28613 
Home -  828-466-2046
Term Began: 12/2015
Term Expires:  12/2019
Jeanne Jarrett
PO Box 372
Conover, NC  28613
Cell - 828-446-6309
Work - 828-465-8219
Employer: Catawba County Finance Office
Term Began: 12/2015
Term Expires: 12/2019

Robbie Gonzales, Vice Chair

1418 9th Ave NW
Conover, NC  28613
Phone:  828-465-7269
Employer: Mars Wrigley Confectionary US
Term Began: 12/01/2017
Term Expires: 11/30/2021

School Board Attorney:

Campbell & Shatley
674 Merrimon Ave., Suite 20
Asheville, NC  28804
The Board will meet June 10, 2019 in a work session with the regular meeting following at 5:30 pm.

Special Called Meeting Announcement January 8, 2019
The Newton-Conover City Board of Education will meet in a special called meeting, in closed session, to discuss personnel matters on January 14, 2019 at
5:00 pm. The meeting location is the conference room of the Administration Building at 605 N. Ashe Ave., Newton NC.
September 17, 2018 Board Meeting Cancellation
The Newton-Conover School Board will not meet on Monday, September 17, 2018 due to weather conditions.  The meeting is rescheduled for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
Notice Dated August 3, 2018.
The Newton-Conover School Board work session scheduled for August 6, 2018 has been changed to a special called board meeting.
Special Called Meeting Announcement July 16, 2018
The Newton-Conover City Board of Education will meet in a special called meeting, in closed session, to discuss personnel matters on July 24 at 2:30 p.m.  The meeting location is the conference room of the Administration Building on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, 2550 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC.  No official action is expected to be taken.