Committee decides

on sensitivity training

WINDER - A group of teachers, school administrators, students and parents formed an ad hoc committee that grew from an essay included in the book "Lord of the Flies." School officials deemed the essay inappropriate and had it removed.

The committee has decided to implement sensitivity training. Members are drawing up a preliminary draft for the committee to approve. Once drafted, a public meeting date will be scheduled.

Speech pathologist

promoted to asst. principal

WINDER - Michael Mehrhof was promoted to assistant principal of Bramlett Elementary School. He served 12 years as a speech language pathologist at the same school. Mehrhof earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in communications sciences from the University of Georgia.

Mehrhof is looking forward to supporting teachers as Bramlett Elementary changes it's focus of teaching.

"Bramlett is going to student-focused teaching, rather than teacher-centered," Mehrhof said. "It is new and I get to ride this wave."

Marisa Grant was promoted from kindergarten teacher at Statham Elementary to assistant principal at Auburn Elementary.

Softball equipment bought

WINDER - School board members approved spending $34,838 for poles, lights, hardware and installation for the softball field at Apalachee High School. Southern Lighting and Traffic Systems offered the low bid on materials and Eastville Stephens Inc. presented the low bid for installation.

Maintenance costs OK'd

WINDER - It's going to cost nearly twice as much to get the grass cut at Barrow County Schools.

School board members approved spending $384,000 per year to have Trammell Lawn Care cut the grass at the schools including the athletic fields. Although the cost is almost double last year's, Jake Grant, facilities manager, said it would be well worth it.

"We were constantly having to take them (the former company) out and show them what they had missed," Grant said. "We had a problem with rocks being flung through windows and damage to vehicles."

Board members also approved spending $6,905 per month for waste disposal.

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