Barrow County’s strategic plan includes the Balanced Scorecard for the system as well as individual schools. The system utilizes the Balanced Scorecard to define, measure, and monitor data that gives a detailed picture of performance.
The Barrow County School System uses both individual school data and system-wide data as the driving force for directing and improving student achievement. Each school utilizes this data to develop a Balanced Scorecard which directly ties into the overall system goals. The disaggregated data is used to identify areas of deficiencies and to develop strategies that facilitate improvement. Central office staff members assist the schools in the development of individual school plans.
These plans are reviewed at a minimum annually and can be reviewed more often if the need arises. Barrow County has highly qualified and experienced support personnel in place to help facilitate the system’s expectations in support of student learning.
The Barrow County School System recently completed a thorough policy revision process. The system formed five separate committees that included Board members, teachers, and staff to review every policy for relevancy and to ensure that they were also aligned with the system’s vision and mission. A systemic process has been adopted for more frequent reviews.
Board meetings, School Governance Team meetings, and various departmental meetings are posted to Simbli and each item of business is linked to a specific goal(s). Minutes of meetings are posted publicly to provide further transparency for all stakeholders.
Members of the Board and executive cabinet meet for an annual strategic planning retreat to review the progress for meeting the system’s goals, to establish expectations for student learning, and to determine how and what resources of personnel, money and materials may be available to support those needs and expectations. The mission, vision and beliefs are the driving force in those decisions and discussions.
The Board’s self-assessment, superintendent’s evaluation, and leadership evaluations are processed privately through Simbli and linked to specific performance indicators and measurements.
School Governance Teams (SGTs) are comprised of the principal, teachers, community members, parents and students. The SGTs meet monthly to ensure that each school remains aligned with system goals and that all stakeholders are aware of current issues.
The annual Leadership Summit and monthly District Leadership Meetings provide opportunities for reinforcing the system message and enhancing effective leadership skills by focusing on results, building relationships, and encouraging open communication.