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Newton superintendent wins leadership award
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Newton superintendent wins leadership award

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Newton County School System superintendent Gary Mathews has won this year's Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award from the Georgia School Public Relations Association.

Mathews was presented with his award at the GSPRA's annual conference in Macon on Oct. 22.

The award is given to school leaders who effectively use public relations to build support for education.

"Dr. Gary Mathews is a shining example of how sound public engagement strategies can build understanding and trust in public education and support student achievement at all levels," GSPRA president Jim Weidhaas said.

Part of Mathews' community engagement includes meeting with community groups, civic organizations, parent/teacher organizations, editorial boards and other organizations throughout Newton County.

He writes both a monthly and bi-monthly column to keep residents and stakeholders abreast of developments in the school system, and also speaks at events for a number of local organizations, including the Covington Rotary Club, Covington Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of Covington and Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

Mathews has been recognized for his communication practices before. He was named Louisiana Communicator of the Year in 1996 by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana.

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