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Headline may have misled readers

Thank you for the positive articles about the Barrow County School system in the Aug. 19 edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It has been a pleasure working with reporter Christy Smith.

I do have one concern with a headline ("Construction delays opening of Barrow Schools," Page 6A, Aug. 19).

In my humble opinion, this is sort of a misleading headline. We (the Barrow County Board of Education) purposefully moved our opening date from our normal first week of August to Aug. 24 because we wanted to give our construction crews and maintenance personnel plenty of time to complete major additions and renovations to our schools.

The construction companies worked tirelessly to make Aug. 20 - the day teachers returned - as their deadline. They have done their job and worked many long hours to make the schools ready under our calendar deadlines.

The Board of Education's date was set in March. I cannot thank enough the hard work of the construction companies that worked at Winder-Barrow High School, Apalachee High School, Holsenbeck Elementary School, Auburn Elementary School and Statham Elementary School.

Some of the construction foremen who read your headline were upset that it might come across like it was their fault, but actually it was their hard work that enabled our schools to be open for teachers on Aug. 20 and for students on Aug. 24.