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Bartow County School System, Georgia

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Bartow County School System
Bartow County, Georgia
Bartow County School System logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:John F. Harper
Enrollment:14,134 students
Graduation rate:80.2%[1]
Number of schools:20
Budget: $117.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dr. Davis Nelson
Board members:5
Term length:4
Bartow County School System is a school district in Georgia that serves Bartow County. It is the 25th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 14,134 students in 20 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $117.6 million.[2]

About the district

Bartow County School System is located in Bartow County, Georgia
Bartow County School System is located in Bartow County, Georgia. The county seat of Bartow County is Cartersville. Bartow County is home to 100,157 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Bartow County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.2 percent of Bartow 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 Bartow County was $49,453 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Bartow County was 16.0 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Bartow County (%) Georgia (%)
White 86.2 62.8
Black or African American 10.5 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 0.9 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 23.5 75.1 1.4
2008 26.7 71.9 1.4
2004 25.6 73.7 0.7
2000 33.0 64.7 2.3

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Bartow County School System is John F. Harper, who was appointed to the position in 2008. Previous to this role, Harper was the district's assistant superintendent. He has his doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina. He is married and lives in Adairsville, Georgia.[5]

School board

The Bartow County Board of Education is a partisan board consisting of five members elected to four-year terms.[6]

Bartow County Board of Education
Member Role District Party Affiliation Term Ends
John Howard Member 1 Republican 2018
Davis Nelson Chair 2 Republican 2018
Derek Keeney Member 3 Republican 2018
Fred Kittle Vice Chair 4 Republican 2016
Anna Sullivan Member 5 Republican 2016

School board elections

See also: Bartow County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Two 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 2013:

Individuals desiring to appear before the Board must first complete a sign-in sheet which shall be available from 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m prior to the start of each meeting or an electronic sign-in sheet may be submitted no later than noon on the day of the meeting. The form must be completed online at Any form received electronically after noon will be held until the next opportunity for Public Participation. The Superintendent or designee will provide these forms to prospective speakers and be available to answer any questions regarding procedures. Any materials the speaker desires the Board to receive related to his/her remarks shall be given to the Superintendent or designee at this time for distribution to the Board.
Items which are excluded from the Open Meetings Act will not be discussed during this session. (This includes certain land, legal reference, individual student discipline cases, and personnel items).
Speakers will be given three to five minutes to speak before the Board, with the time per speaker being determined by the chairperson, depending on the number of speakers and topics listed.
A written response to each speaker will be provided by the appropriate administrator within thirty (30) days if requested by the speaker.
In addition to the above, the following rules shall be followed when appearing before the Board:
1. State his/her name and address (address only if response requested).
2. All remarks shall be made to the Board as a body and not to a particular board member.
3. No persons shall be allowed to make obscene, derogatory, or slanderous remarks while addressing the Board.
4. No person shall be allowed to disrupt or interfere with procedures.
5. Remarks shall end when the speaker’s allotted time has expired.
6. Questions from the Board members and/or the Superintendent may be asked for clarification, however, no person shall be permitted to enter into any discussion either directly or through any member of the Board.
Any person willfully violating these rules may be prohibited from appearing before the Board for up to sixty (60) days.
The fifteen-minute time limit and/or the three to five minute maximum per speaker may be extended with a majority vote of the Board.


—Bartow County School System's website, (2013) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Bartow County School System:[2]

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
2013-2014 $89,784,416 76.3% $4,060,233 3.5% $23,778,487 20.2% $0 0% $0 0% $117,623,136
Averages: $89,784,416 76% $4,060,233 3% $23,778,487 20% $0 0% $0 0% $117,623,136

Teacher salaries

Bartow County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[9]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Bartow County School System


The district served 14,134 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.5 percent decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 14,649 N/A
2009-2010 14,512 -0.9
2010-2011 14,269 -1.7
2011-2012 14,107 -1.1
2012-2013 14,101 -0.04
2013-2014 14,134 0.2

District schools

Bartow County School System operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Bartow County School System Schools
School Name
Adairsville Elementary School
Adairsville High School
Adairsville Middle School
Allatoona Elementary School
Bartow College & Career Academy School
Cass High School
Cass Middle School
Clear Creek Elementary School
Cloverleaf Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Euharlee Elementary School
Hamilton Crossing Elementary School
Kingston Elementary School
Mission Road Elementary School
Pine Log Elementary School
South Central Middle School
Taylorsville Elementary School
White Elementary School
Woodland High School
Woodland Middle School At Euharlee

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 2013-2014 school year:[12][13]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 95.8
3 ELA 92.3
3 Math 88.4
3 Science 83.1
3 Social Science 86.6
4 Reading 95.3
4 ELA 91.2
4 Math 87.6
4 Science 82.3
4 Social Science 82.3
5 Reading 96.5
5 ELA 97.3
5 Math 90.3
5 Science 82.4
5 Social Science 83.0

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.2
6 ELA 91.2
6 Math 82.5
6 Science 74.1
6 Social Science 75.3
7 Reading 95.6
7 ELA 92.4
7 Math 86.8
7 Science 82.3
7 Social Science 84.0
8 Reading 96.9
8 ELA 95.0
8 Math 81.2
8 Science 79.9
8 Social Science 80.8

Contact information

Bartow County School System logo.png
Bartow County School System
65 Gilreath Road
Cartersville, GA 30121
Phone: (770) 606-5800

See also

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