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Barrow County teachers keep right to select their children's school

WINDER - Barrow County teachers will keep the benefit of being able to select their child's school. School board members voted Tuesday to keep in place the option that attracts some teachers to the system, said Bailey, District 2 school board member.

Barrow County teachers can send their children to any school within the county they choose. Even those living outside Barrow County may educate their children in Barrow County schools at no charge. Officials said more than 90 students commute in from other counties.

Board members added the stipulations that parents must provide transportation, students must complete the school year and the waiver can be revoked if tardiness, absence or discipline becomes a problem.

In other business:

•School board members voted to spend $88,170 to expand Apalachee High School's bleachers and more than $34,000 to buy a freezer for the Early Learning Center.

•Kelly Shaw was recognized for becoming Yargo Elementary's first teacher to earn National Board Certification.

•Winder-Barrow High School student Chase Teate was one of only eight students in the state to be selected for the Organizing Institute for Self Advocacy Fellowship. As a result of his training, Teate plans to organize a mentoring program for fifth-grade students.

•Apalachee High School teacher Janis Burton was recognized for helping her vocational students develop a school-based business. The students prepared a business plan and in November 2004 opened the Wildcat Scratching Post coffee shop and store. The store is operated and managed completely by students.