System Operations


Joe Perno, Assistant Superintendent of System Operations


Barrow County School System
System Operations

System Operations is strategically organized into five functions to best support the Barrow County School District. Each of these functions operates with a shared vision to exceed expectation and be respected for the quality of our work and the excellence of our people.

Sims Academy of Innovation & Technology

Five Division Functions:

Building Maintenance


Custodial Services

Facility Planning

Grounds Management



BCSS Facilities and Operations Division Core Values and Beliefs:

  • We respect the individual and believe that individuals who are treated with respect and given responsibility respond by giving their best.
  • We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  • We make commitments with care, and then live up to them. In all things, we do what we say we are going to do.
  • Work is an important part of life, and it should be enjoyable. Being a good employee does not mean being stuffy and boring.
  • We want to compare ourselves to other facility organizations, both private companies in industry and public institutions.
  • We are frugal.  We guard and conserve the county’s resources with at least the same vigilance that we would use to guard and conserve our own personal resources.
  • We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between “good mistakes” (best effort, bad result) and “bad mistakes” (sloppiness or lack of effort).
  • We share our mistakes with others to have a common goal; information we can learn to grow with the school district.
  • Clarity in understanding our mission, our goals and what we expect from each other is critical to our success.
  • We are believers in the Golden Rule. In all our dealings we will strive to be friendly and courteous, as well as fair and compassionate.
  • We see a sense of urgency on any matters related to our customers. We own problems and we are always responsive. We are customer-driven.

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