Students, Parents, Teachers & Friends of Education,

The Barrow County School System is proud to announce that the Barrow Board of Education has attained the achievement and status of the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) 2018 Exemplary School Board recognition.

The recognition program was designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement.

The Barrow County School Board met and/or exceeded the criteria set forth by GSBA to earn this honor of a 2018 Exemplary Board. The criteria may be reviewed by clicking here for more information.

The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education's standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership.

In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education.

The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-year, three tiered program. For more information on the program you may visit the GSBA website for awards and recognition or click here to view the criteria for all tiers of the program.

BCSS School Food Nutrition Recognized
for "Best Practices"

The School Nutrition Department for Barrow County Schools was among 37 in Georgia that recently received recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for exhibiting
best practices.

Barrow County was the recipient of three best practice awards: one southeast region and two State of Georgia.

USDA recognized Barrow County Schools' Nutrition Services Department with a Southeast Regional Best Practice award for Customer Service. This award was given for outstanding customer service while serving the community. Cafeteria managers prepared a breakfast for the community in November and proceeds went to the Food to Kids program. The breakfast raised over $500.00 for the children of more.

Food 2 Kids Donation

ReaderLink's Associates are a long-time supporter of Barrow's Food 2 Kids program. BCSS Food 2 Kids program serves over 200 students who struggle with food insecurity on the weekends. We deeply appreciate this generous donation of $362.10 which will sponsor one child and a portion of another child for the 2018-19 school year. $275 sponsors one child each school year.

We appreciate the leadership of Gwen Tyree and Matt Waters with several associates as they coordinated "special break snacks" that were sold a quarter at a time to raise this generous amount. ReaderLink is the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade, and paperback books to non-trade channel booksellers in North America. ReaderLink Associates understand the essential connection of feeding and fueling a child's body in order to feed a child's mind. Books and food are necessary school tools for student success!

Pictured left to right are: Ellen Petree with Gwendolyn Tyree and Matt Waters of ReaderLink
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Dr. Chris McMichael

Board Members
Debi Krause
Garey Huff Sr.
Connie Wehunt
Michael Shelley
Lynn Stevens
Rickey Bailey
Suzanne Angle
Rolando Alvarez
Mark Still 


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Must be 18 or under

June 1-July 20

Summer Hours
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July 3-7
District Closed
to Public

July 24
New Teachers Report

July 25-31
Teacher Planning

July 27
Open House

July 31
BOE Work Session

August 1

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Barrow County
School System:

Boldly Committed to
Student Success

Ensuring an exceptional
education that leads each
student to become a high
achieving and responsible

179 West Athens Street
Winder, Georgia  30680
(770) 867-4527
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