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Barrow County Schools recognize transportation dept.

POSTED: August 15, 2014 5:41 p.m.
Zac Taylor/Barrow County News

Barrow County Superintendent Chris McMichael recognized local school bus rodeo contestants Joan Nesbitt, left, and Terri Riemenschneider.

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The Barrow County School System’s transportation department was on the receiving end of praise at the first regularly scheduled board meeting in the new school year.

The reason: How smooth members of the transportation department, from bus drivers to mechanics to monitors and supervisors, made the first day.

"We are off to a great year," said Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Ken Greene, "and that starts and ends with transportation."

Barrow Transportation Director Wanda Young was honored for her help in getting the transportation department ready, but quickly put the praise on those who work for her.

She also honored two of her employees who competed in a statewide school bus rodeo, which includes events such as parallel parking, driving over railroad tracks and passing a written exam and bus inspection, among others.

Joan Nesbitt finished first in the district-wide rodeo – which Greene also participated in – and came in 29th out of 59 at state.

Terri Riemenschneider finished second at the local rodeo, which was held on the last day of the previous school year, and 19th at state.

"It promotes safety," Young said of the event, "It really promotes what we want to be."



Barrow BOLD

Superintendent Chris McMichael unveiled the system’s new motto for the newly-begun school year: Barrow BOLD, which stands for Building Our Learning Differently.

McMichael is stressing the variety of ways that teachers can reach students through technology, classroom interactions and more, and used a testimonial from a Barrow and Georgia Tech grad to display how the district can continue with its unique ways of teaching, such as the Direct 2 Discovery program with the Atlanta university.



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