PHOTOS: School officials hold ribbon-cutting ceremony for BASA

Officials with the Barrow County School System held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 6, for the district's third high school, Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy. The school began instruction at the start of the academic year in August, but a ribbon-cutting had been delayed due to coronavirus precautions. Construction of the $18.8 million, 114,000-square-foot facility off Austin Road in Winder next to Sims Academy was led by Charles Black Construction and took two years to complete. It includes a student center, which houses the media center, cafeteria and learning spaces, and the academic building for classrooms and lab spaces. The high school, serving grades 8-10 this year, is a school of choice — meaning that students apply to attend and are admitted based on a lottery, with no pre-requisite requirements for attendance. The 20-minute ceremony Tuesday included remarks by superintendent Chris McMichael, principal Dale Simpson and Joe Perno, assistant superintendent for operations. 

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