Bulloch County Schools is a public, pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade school system located in southeast Georgia. It is our mission to prepare students for success and enhance community value.
We are the 38th largest school district in Georgia. Our school system is Statesboro and Bulloch County's second-largest employer with more than 1,450 employees. We serve more than 10,500 students in a consolidated system with 15 campuses and two alternative learning centers: Cedarwood and the Transitions Learning Center.
Bulloch County is an education community with choices of public, private, charter and homeschool K-12 options. There are three post-secondary institutions within the county (Georgia Southern University, East Georgia State College and Ogeechee Technical College). Our students and faculty benefit from the partnerships we have built with these education partners.
Bulloch County Schools and each of its schools faithfully engage in an accreditation process through AdvancED every five years. This process allows us to share how our employees collaborate in professional learning communities, analyze student performance data, look at root causes, develop plans and act to improve our schools. It's a time for objective input from peer professionals and part of our continuous improvement culture.
AdvancED conducted a Quality Assurance Review on September 18 - September 21, 2011, and determined that our school district and each of our schools met the Accreditation Standards for a Quality School system. Our next Quality Assurance Review is scheduled for March 5-8, 2017.
Strategic Waivers School System
Optimization of Resources
Resource optimization is a key strategic goal area in the school system’s strategic plan. Recognitions like the ones listed below are an indication of the positive work being done in this area.
Bulloch County Schools is known at the state and national level for having sound financial management. To see the school system's most recent audits, visit the Business & Finance Department area of our website.
Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (GDAA): GDAA selected the Bulloch County Board of Education (BOE) to receive an Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting for the district’s Fiscal Year 2015 audit. The award is presented annually to qualifying public school systems and two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Georgia, who strive not just for best financial practices but better. Last year only 27 school systems received the award out of the state’s 181 public school districts.
To receive the award, organizations must meet the following criteria: (1) Provide full supporting documentation to substantiate financial statements; (2) Provide financial statements in a timely manner; (3) Ensure all evidence is easy to locate and use for audit; (4) Have responsive managers that resolve all accounting standards and presentation issues in a timely manner; (5) Have key staff readily available and cooperative during the audit and not delay finalizing the audit; (6) Have no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses noted during the audit. Must have no more than three to five control deficiencies reported within the management letter; (7) Have a clear, unmodified audit opinion; and (8) Comply with all Transparency in Government requirements.
- Standard & Poor's Ratings Service (S&P): In the last 10 years, S&P, the nation’s second leading bond rating firm, has raised its school issuer credit rating on Bulloch County School's general obligation bonds three times. Now at a rating of AA Minus, according to a recent RatingsDirect® Summary, the district’s consistently favorable financial performance despite a recession and ongoing state revenue pressures and the school district’s “pro-active budget management,” are some of the primary reasons for the increases. This is a positive indication of the school district’s underlying credit rating, and resource management.
- AdvancED: In the school system’s most recent accreditation process (Sept. 2011), AdvancEd commended the school system on its proactive fiscal planning and actions that have consistently placed the system on a firm financial foundation.
- Annual audits by the GDAA's Education Division: Bulloch County Schools’ Fiscal Year 2015 Audit began in November 2015, and concluded in February 2016. Auditors examined expenditures from all of the school system’s funds, audited the use of federal funds for compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and concluded with an in-depth examination of the school system’s financial statements. The audit involved virtually all departments within the school system, including business services, payroll, human resources, transportation, food services, federal programs and each school. In addition to the financial aspect of the audit, the GDAA reviews a sampling of employee salary calculations, benefit calculations and various other personnel information. The complete Bulloch County Board of Education 2015 Audit Report, including key financial highlights, is posted on the district’s website at www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/audits.
Faculty Professional Development
Bulloch County School's ensures that its leadership and faculty are effectively trained and empowered to carry out the district's strategic plan and school-level improvement plans by providing ongoing local and off-site training. With education partners like First District RESA, the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI), the Georgia Department of Education and more, the district trains administrators and faculty in standards-based classrooms, professional learning communities, school improvement planning, state curriculum standards, instructional technology and data analysis tools, and more.
Bulloch County Schools has also made growing the district’s future leaders a strategic focus in order to support student success. The Board of Education established an Aspiring Leaders program for the district in 2015. The 11-month class is for teachers and school administrators, who want to become effective future leaders within the district.
College & Career Readiness
Bulloch County Schools selects quality academic curriculum to support teaching Georgia's Standards of Excellence. We are also focused on finding the best workforce development model to match our community assets with K-12 classroom instruction for career pathways. Learn more.
Bulloch County Schools is also partnering with the Pathways to Prosperity Network to develop a community-based education and work-readiness system of grades 9 through 14, that leverages our high school programs, technical college, business and industry, and other community resources, to align our students' opportunities with regional and state (as part of the larger global picture) labor market needs. The Georgia Department of Education and the Pathways to Prosperity Network have selected Bulloch County as one of two counties in the state to build a statewide model for workforce development. Learn more.
Facilities & Technology Investment
Bulloch County voters have successfully passed three Education Special Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) referendums since 2003. The first, approved in 2003, ran from 2004-2008; the second approved in 2005, ran from 2009 – 2013; and the third, approved by 92 percent of voters in 2009, began in 2014 and will expire in December 2018.
In 2014, Bulloch County Schools formed a 36- member Facilities Committee to review and prioritize facilities needs. The committee is made up of a faculty and community representative from each school, plus the district's chief operations officer and two Board of Education members. Learn more about our facilities and technology investments.
Stakeholder & Community Support
We strive to establish effective, open and continuous dialogue between our schools, parents, administrators, post-secondary partners and business and industry leaders. We work to significantly increase community involvement, spur innovation and increase collaboration. We are committed to continually working with the community to decide how to best use resources to do what is best for students. Learn more about our Speak Up for Education events.