Barrow County School System, Georgia

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Barrow County School System
Barrow County, Georgia
Barrow County School System logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Wanda Creel
Graduation rate:72.1 percent[2]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $95.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mark Still
Board members:9
Term length:4
Barrow County School System is a school district in Georgia that served 12,885 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] Apalachee High School earned a 2013 Rewards distinction from the Georgia Department of Education for exceptional improvements in annual test scores compared to other schools in the state. The district has also earned awards for recruitment and benefit programs from the Georgia Association of School Personnel Association (GASPA).[3] Barrow County School System is considered a charter school system with a contract between the school board and the state education department. This arrangement allows school and district administrators greater latitude to improve educational programs while adhering to a state-approved charter contract.[4]

About the district

Barrow County School System is located in Barrow County, Georgia
Barrow County School System is located in Barrow County, Georgia. The county seat of Barrow County is Winder, Georgia. Barrow County is home to 71,453 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Barrow County School System is the 28th-largest school district in Georgia.


Barrow County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Barrow County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Barrow County was $51,202 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Barrow County was 13.6 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Barrow County (%) Georgia (%)
White 82.4 62.8
Black or African American 11.5 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 3.5 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 9.4 9.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]


The superintendent of Barrow County School System is Wanda Creel as of June 23, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2010. Creel previously served as an assistant superintendent with Houston County Schools and an associate state superintendent at the Georgia Department of Education.[7]

School board

The Barrow County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Members in Districts 7, 8 and 9 represent the entire county while the remaining six members are elected to specific geographic districts.

Barrow County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Randall Holland 1 2014
Garey Huff Sr. 2 2016
Connie Wehunt 3 2014
Will Dunn 4 2014
Lynn Stevens 5 2016
Rickey Bailey 6 2016
Dan Cromer 7 2014
Mitch Churchill 8 2016
Mark Still 9 2014

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School board elections

See also: Barrow County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2011:

In accord with its policy confirming the right and desirability of the public's expressing its point of view to the Board, delegations or individuals are welcome at all meetings, subject to the following regulations:

  • Matters relating to personnel, members of the Board, and other items which the law deems inappropriate for discussion in open session must be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the Board in Executive Session.
  • Matters concerning an individual school shall be discussed first with the principal of that school. If the problem cannot be resolved at the school, it shall then be brought to the Superintendent of Schools. If the problem cannot be resolved with the Superintendent of Schools, it may then be brought to the Board.

Citizens of the community have the expressed right and are encouraged to attend meetings of the Board to listen to and observe the deliberations of its members. The following regulations are adopted to preserve the orderly pursuit of business of the Board and to provide proper opportunities for legitimate and objective discussion and analysis of the issues presented. Board meetings are public meetings and not meetings of the public; however, any citizen may request the opportunity to communicate with the Board and be recognized to speak regarding appropriate issues.

Persons desiring to communicate with the Board shall submit a written request to the Superintendent stating their name, home address, the topic about which they wish to speak and the group they represent, if applicable, no later than 12 o'clock noon on the Thursday prior to the scheduled Board meeting.

The Board vests its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to determine whether it is the interest of the Board to allow any individual or group to make an oral presentation before the Board. Persons who are granted the opportunity to speak will be recognized by the chairperson at the appropriate time during the meeting. Speakers will be limited to three minutes. If there are numerous requests to address the Board, the chairperson may select representatives to speak on each side of the issue. The Board also vests in its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to the guidelines established by the Board. Personal complaints of school employees should follow the Complaints and Grievances procedures established by the Board.

Individuals and/or groups who addressed the Board previously may be denied the opportunity to address the Board again on the same topic. The Board will usually not respond to comments or questions posed by the citizens during the Board meeting, but will take those comments and questions under advisement. When appropriate, the comments and questions shall be referred to the Superintendent for consideration and a later response.


—Barrow County School System's website, (2014), [9]


Barrow County School System published its annual budget on the Georgia Department of Education website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $80,772,405 85% $3,248,926 3.4% $5,666,529 6% $0 0% $5,318,654 5.6% $95,006,514
2012-2013 $80,583,210 84.3% $3,250,847 3.4% $6,601,840 6.9% $0 0% $5,173,951 5.4% $95,609,848
Averages: $80,677,807.5 85% $3,249,886.5 3% $6,134,184.5 6% $0 0% $5,246,302.5 6% $95,308,181

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Barrow County School System are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provisional certificate + Bachelors 31,586 31,586
Professional certificate + Bachelors 33,424 50,285
Provisional certificate + Masters 35,597 53,551
Professional certificate + Masters 38,438 57,825
Professional certificate + Specialist 43,435 65,343
Professional certificate + Doctorate 48,213 72,530

Schools in Barrow County School System


The district served 12,885 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 5.9 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,164 -
2008-2009 12,421 2.1
2009-2010 12,534 1.0
2010-2011 12,703 1.4
2011-2012 12,885 1.4

District schools

Barrow County School System operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Barrow County School System
Alternative Program
Apalachee High
Auburn Elementary
Bear Creek Middle
Bethlehem Elementary
County Line Elementary
Haymon-Morris Middle
Holsenbeck Elementary
Kennedy Elementary
Russell Middle
Snodon Preparatory School
Statham Elementary
Westside Middle
Winder Barrow High
Yargo Elementary

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 94.4
3 ELA 89.4
3 Math 82.8
3 Science 82.9
3 Social Science 87.4
4 Reading 93.9
4 ELA 92.8
4 Math 88.7
4 Science 86.5
4 Social Science 86.5
5 Reading 93.5
5 ELA 94.6
5 Math 90.0
5 Science 80.9
5 Social Science 81.7

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 96.2
6 ELA 91.3
6 Math 86.5
6 Science 76.7
6 Social Science 82.4
7 Reading 94.4
7 ELA 92.3
7 Math 92.2
7 Science 84.9
7 Social Science 83.8
8 Reading 96.6
8 ELA 92.7
8 Math 84.2
8 Science 69.6
8 Social Science 80.0

Contact information

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Barrow County School System
179 West Athens St.
Winder, GA 30680
Phone: (770) 867-4527

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