Barrow County School System, Georgia
|Barrow County School System|
|Barrow County, Georgia|
|Graduation rate:||72.1 percent|
|Number of schools:||16|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Mark Still|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Barrow County School System
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtBarrow 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. 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.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Barrow County (%)||Georgia (%)|
|Black or African American||11.5||31.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5||0.5|
|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.
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.
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.
School board elections
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:
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), 
Barrow County School System published its annual budget on the Georgia Department of Education website.
|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|
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:
|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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Barrow County School System operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Barrow County School System|
|Bear Creek Middle|
|County Line Elementary|
|Snodon Preparatory School|
|Winder Barrow High|
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:
- List of school districts in Georgia
- Barrow County School System elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Barrow County School System
- Barrow County, Georgia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia School Boards Association
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 20, 2014
- Barrow County School System, "Barrow Class of 2013 Graduated at Higher Rates than the State as a Whole," accessed June 23, 2014
- Barrow County School System, "Barrow at a Glance," accessed June 23, 2014
- Barrow County School System, "What is a charter system?" accessed June 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Barrow County, Georgia," accessed May 12, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Barrow County School System, "About Dr. Creel," accessed June 23, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Barrow County School System, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," March 1, 2011
- Georgia Department of Education, "Barrow County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed November 27, 2013
- Barrow County School System, "FY2014 State Salary Schedule," June 21, 2013
- Barrow County School System, "Schools," accessed June 23, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed June 23, 2014