Charter System OVERVIEW

Barrow County School System became the 4th largest charter system in April 2011. The primary rationale for pursuit of charter system status was to improve student performance through greater flexibility with appropriate levels of accountability. The charter system is a governance framework that supports the district's Strategic Plan. Charter system status allows Barrow County School System flexibility from many one-size-fits-all state education requirements and allows our district to invest in innovative instructional practices and opportunities to best meet the needs of our students. All of our schools operate under the charter model, which is characterized by two major components:

  1. Establishment of a School Governance Team
  2. Development and implementation of a School Strategic Plan

School Governance Teams are an integral component of Barrow's charter system. School Governance Teams (SGTs) are responsible for setting and monitoring the strategic direction of the schools. SGT responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Approve of the school's Strategic Plan
  • Approve the school's budget recommendations
  • Participate in the hiring process when hiring a new principal
  • Provide feedback on the principal's performance
  • Interface with the school's Title I committee (where applicable)

School Governance Teams are comprised of parents/guardians, teachers, community members, and school employees. The principal serves on all SGTs as a non-voting member. Students also serve as non-voting members.

Frequently Asked Questions

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