The Barrow County School System has gotten some unfair criticism online about its 2014 audit results.
As reported in the Barrow Journal, the BCSS ended FY2014 $3.6 million in the red. That story led some to believe system leaders had been negligent in financial management.
That really isn’t the case.
The real story is that despite a devastating recession, the BCSS has done a remarkable job of keeping the system in a strong financial position. Only twice, in FY2012 and FY2014, was the system in the red, meaning it had to use some of its reserves to balance its budget. Many school systems have been in the red every year since the recession.
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