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Aiken County Public School District, South Carolina

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Aiken County Public School District
Aiken County, South Carolina
Aiken County Public School District logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Elizabeth Everitt
Enrollment:23,873 students
Graduation rate:84.4%[1]
Number of schools:40
Budget: $237.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rosemary English
Board members:9
Term length:4
Aiken County Public School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Aiken County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Aiken County Public School District was the sixth-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 23,873 students in 40 schools with an operating budget of $237.2 million.[2]

About the district

Aiken County Public School District is located in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Aiken County Public School District is located in Aiken County, South Carolina. The county seat of Aiken County is Aiken. Aiken County is home to 160,099 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Aiken County underperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of High Schooler education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9 percent of Aiken County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Aiken County was $44,399 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Aiken County was 18.9 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Aiken County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 71.5 68.3
Black or African American 25.1 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 0.9 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Aiken County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 25,322 44,042
2008 26,101 42,849
2004 19,799 39,077
2000 16,409 33,203

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The superintendent of Aiken County Public School District is Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, who was appointed to the position in 2007.[6]

School board

The Aiken County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. They are elected by geographic district.[7]

Aiken County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Ronnie West District 1 2016
Levi Green District 2 2018
Wesley Hightower District 3 2018
Keith Liner District 4 2016
Jeremy Mace District 5 2018
Cecil S. Atchley District 6 2018
Rosemary English District 7 2018
Tad Barber District 8 2016
Richard Hazen District 9 2016

School board elections

See also: Aiken County Public School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2002:

Purpose: To establish the board's vision for school-parent-community relations.

The district will involve all segments of our community in accomplishing our goals and mission.

The board believes the following:

The public schools belong to the people who created them by consent and support them by taxation.

The schools are only as strong as the support afforded them by an intelligent and informed community.

The support of the people must be based upon their knowledge of, their understanding about and their participation in the aims and efforts of the schools.

The education of students is best served through the cooperative efforts of students, parents, district staff and community members.

Parents should be active participants in education by demonstrating interest in and support for their school and the district, by becoming informed about their role as partners in education and by becoming involved in the education of their children.

Community members should assist in the development of responsible citizens through appropriate involvement in the education of children.

In support of these beliefs, the district will encourage support of effective partnerships among schools, parents, community and business. Such partnerships contribute to the education of students in our district.[8]

—South Carolina School Boards Association's website, (2002) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Aiken County Public School District:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $0 0% $0 0% $164,188,959 71.6% $16,648,518 7.3% $48,394,081 21.1% $229,231,396
2014-2015 $0 0% $0 0% $171,230,558 72.2% $17,648,877 7.4% $48,321,461 20.4% $237,200,896
Averages: $0 0% $0 0% $167,709,758.5 72% $17,148,697.5 7% $48,357,771 21% $233,216,146

Teacher salaries

Aiken County teacher salaries are based on salary steps and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. Salary steps do not necessarily correlate with years of experience. There are 22 steps in the 2012-2013 salary scale.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 36,810 52,518
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 38,519 54,314
Master's degree 42,371 59,450
Master's degree + 30 hours 45,627 63,042
Doctorate 50,072 72,742

Schools in Aiken County Public School District


The district served 23,873 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 0.2 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 23,818 N/A
2010-2011 23,739 -0.3
2011-2012 23,873 0.6

District schools

Aiken County Public School District operates 40 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Aiken County Public School District Schools
School Name
Aiken County Career Center
Aiken Elementary School
Aiken High School
Aiken Middle School
Aiken Performing Arts Academy Charter
Belvedere Elementary School
Busbee Corbett Elementary School Middle School
Byrd Elementary School
Chukker Creek Elementary School
Clearwater Elementary School
East Aiken School of the Arts
Gloverville Elementary School
Greendale Elementary School
Hammond Hill Elementary School
Horse Creek Academy
J. D. Lever Elementary School
Jackson Middle School
Jefferson Elementary School
Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School
Leavelle McCampbell Middle School
Lloyd-Kennedy Charter
M. B. Kennedy Middle School
Midland Valley High School
Millbrook Elementary School
Mossy Creek Elementary School
New Ellenton Middle School
North Aiken Elementary School
North Augusta Elementary School
North Augusta High School
North Augusta Middle School
Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School
Paul Knox Middle School
Redcliffe Elementary School
Ridge Spring Monetta Elementary School
Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle School High School
Schofield Middle School
Silver Bluff High School
South Aiken High School
Wagener-Salley High School
Warrenville Elementary School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[14]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 71.7 38.1
Math 68.5 30.4
Science 63.2 19.3
Social Studies 70.1 26.9
Writing 74.1 34.8

Contact information

Aiken County Public School District logo.jpeg
Aiken County Public School District
1000 Brookhaven Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Phone: (803) 641-2428

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Aiken County, South Carolina," accessed July 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aiken County Public School District, "Budget Information," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Aiken County Public School District, "Superintendent," accessed November 19, 2014
  7. Aiken County Public School District, "Board of Education," accessed November 19, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. SCSBA Policies Online, "School-Parent-Community Relations Goals/Priority Objectives," February 26, 2002
  10. Aiken County Public School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed November 19, 2014
  11. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  12. South Carolina Department of Education, "Aiken County Public Schools," accessed November 19, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scores