Community and School District Profile
Bartow County is located in the Northwest Georgia Regional Development Area in the scenic foothills of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains. It was created from the Cherokee County territory, incorporated on December 3rd, 1832 and called Cass County until renamed in 1861 in honor of Francis S. Bartow. Strategically located as a prime area for growth in agriculture, manufacturing and industry, Bartow County is approximately 45 miles northwest of the city limits of Atlanta and included in the Metro Atlanta Service Area. It is home to Allatoona Lake, Etowah Indians Mounds, Red Top Mountain State Park, Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Museum and Barnsley Gardens.
Bartow County 's population stands at 100,661based on the Cartersville-Bartow Economic Development Demographic Profile and 2012 Census estimates. This source indicates that by 2013, Bartow County's population will be 112,137 with a projected 2.92% growth per year. Around the perimeter of Bartow County is a hub of educational institutes including Kennesaw State University, Shorter College, Berry College, Georgia Highlands College and North Metro Technical College. Bartow County has maintained a strong sense of community and tradition.
Other demographic characteristics for Bartow County are as follows:
· Median age is 35.2 years
The commitment statement of the Bartow County School System is Graduation and Beyond - Creating Lifelong Learners . With the understanding that quality teachers produce quality students, the Bartow County School System believes that all students should have equitable opportunities to quality instructional programs in regards to teacher experience. Bartow County School System is the largest employer in Bartow County and has an annual $122,000,000 general fund budget. The average number of teaching years is reported as 13.1 years. The percentage of highly qualified teachers among all Bartow County teachers is 100% and 100% of paraprofessionals are highly qualified.
Highly Qualified Statistics for 2012-2013 Academic Year
Many Bartow County employees have received numerous honors and awards including grants awarded by the Bartow Education Foundation and Autism in Bartow Foundation. Other past awards include: Platinum and Gold School State Awards, Title I Distinguished School Awards, Georgia Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, Georgia Master Teacher, and Bartow County Teacher of the Year. In addition, Bartow County teachers have presented at state conferences including the Convention for Exceptional Children, as well as Georgia Department of Education workshops.
Currently, a new replacement school for Cass High is being built to accommodate 2000 students and will open its doors in August 2010. A 13 classroom addition is being completed for Woodland High along with 2 additions each to the Science and Computer Labs. Land has been purchased for new schools for Adairsville Middle, Emerson Elementary and Cloverleaf Elementary. A commitment for a 40 acre building site has been reached for Adairsville Primary and Adairsville Elementary. Bartow County's building efforts have been achieved through Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission (GSFIC) funding. Due to the growth of the area, the Bartow County School System is constantly evolving to meet the needs of its student population.
The district utilizes profile information in the continuous improvement process. This profile which includes demographic and assessment information is updated regularly from the Georgia Department of Education, Office of Student Achievement and locally produced resources. Please visit our website, www.bartow.k12.ga.usfor further information.