School board honors music students, appoints principal

WINDER - Barrow County's best student musicians, spellers and a welder were recognized at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Six students and one alternate were selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association All State Band:

•Billy Hentenaar, French horn, and Andrew Craft, trumpet, from Russell Middle School. Craft also was chosen as tenor for GMEA's All State Chorus.

•Leah Craft, oboe; Brooke Rutledge, first chairs in both soprano clarinet and bass clarinet; Nathan Tingler, percussion; and Greg Dixon, alternate, from Winder-Barrow High School.

Also, Kristopher Sewell of Winder-Barrow Middle School was honored as the Barrow County School System Spelling Bee Champion. Mara Nelms, Yargo Elementary School, was first runner-up.

Brandon Sidwell was named Lanier Tech Prep Student Champion. Sidwell is a senior at Winder-Barrow High School and a student of welding at Lanier Tech, while also holding down a part-time job.

"I am just overjoyed about the caliber of our students here in Barrow County, especially the fine arts students," school board Chairman Bill Bramlett said.

Board appoints

middle school principal

Mary Beth Deaton, will begin the 2006-07 school year as principal of Winder-Barrow Middle School.

Deaton has served as assistant principal of Davis Middle School in Hall County since its opening in 1999. Prior to that, she worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in Hall County since 1989, where she was voted Special Education Teacher of the Year in 1999. Deaton earned an education specialist degree in administration from the University of Georgia, a master's in behavioral disorders and a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Georgia College.

Winder-Barrow High School to get 25 trailers

Board of Education members voted unanimously to purchase 25 classroom trailers at a cost of $27,832 each. Students and teachers will use the trailers while the school is being remodeled and expanded.

Baseball complex named

The new baseball/softball complex on Ga. Highway 11 will be named after Charles Mattox, who has worked with youth baseball and softball in Barrow County for 30 years.