The Barrow Board of Education recognized several students and staff for outstanding achievements during Monday night’s Board meeting. Thirteen students were honored for their selection as system level winners in the 2008 Young Georgia Author’s writing competition.

The winners will represent Barrow County in the district and state competitions sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education.

Ryan Holt, Rebecca Gunter, Austin McGlade, Natalie Miller, Stephanie Calhoun, Daniel Graham, Karina Hernandez, Willie Whitmore, Elle Fox, Ana Leon, Maggie Sears, Rachel Covey and Jackson Alvarez will compete against other aspiring authors for the district and state awards that will be presented in September.

The Board also recognized:

  • Kaitlyn Ellington of Westside Middle School for placing second in the junior division of the Future Problem Solver’s state level competition and fifth in the junior division for scenario writing at the state level competition.
  • Kevin Mitchell of Westside Middle School for being awarded third place in the FBLA State Leadership Competition.
  • Rebecca Gunter of Apalachee High School for her achievement as a Governor’s Honors Program Finalist in social studies
  • Justin Stroup of Apalachee High School for finishing as the AAA state runner up in boys’ solo competition.
  • Shane Davis and Quindarus Deetion of Apalachee High School for their accomplishment in being named AAA state weight lifting champions.
  • Holsenbeck Elementary as the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Goody’s.
  • Jessica Palmer and Andrea Mason as continuing education scholarship winners.
  • Barrow County School Nutrition for its receipt of the Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) gold scroll. The GSNA awards the gold scroll to school nutrition departments that have shown outstanding achievement in providing quality nutrition programs for its students. The department was also recognized for its second place finish in the state public relation portfolio competition.
  • Mary Maples for her first place award in the GSNA whole grain pasta culinary competition.
  • Andrew Persaud of Haymon Morris Middle for his achievement in the GSNA art contest.

In other business, the Board:

  • adopted a homeless student policy to bring the Barrow County Board of Education policy in line with the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
  • adopted the revised student behavior code and code of conduct. Several minor changes to the code were made primarily dealing with corrective actions for policy violations.
  • approved a new criminal investigations textbook. The textbook will be used for government and public safety courses.
  • awarded PeachTech computers with the contract for the school system’s desktop computer purchases. PeachTech Computers/ Williams Electronics will supply computer systems for $589 each.
  • approved a new introduction to business textbook for use in the Business Essentials course.
  • approved the expenditure of $24,950 to replace HVAC units at the Early Learning Center.
  • approved the expenditure of $21,014 to replace HVAC equipment at the Professional Learning Center.
  • authorized the expenditure of $18,477 to connect the school system’s transportation facility to the City of Winder sanitary sewer system

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