Alamance-Burlington School System, North Carolina

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Alamance-Burlington School System
Burlington, North Carolina
District Profile
Superintendent:William Harrison
Enrollment:22,851 students
Graduation rate:78.1%[1]
Number of schools:36
Budget: $177.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tony Rose
Board members:7
Term length:4
Alamance-Burlington School System is a school district in North Carolina that served 22,851 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 16th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Alamance-Burlington School System is located in Alamance County, North Carolina
Alamance-Burlington School System is located in Alamance County, North Carolina. The county seat of Alamance County is Graham. Alamance County is home to 154,378 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Alamance County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.8 percent of Alamance County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Alamance County was $44,155 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Alamance County was 17.3 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Alamance County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 75.8 71.7
Black or African American 19.3 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.6
Asian 1.5 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 11.8 8.9

Alamance County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 31,198 33.2
Democratic 39,650 38.9
Libertarian 291 0.3
Unaffiliated 22,959 24.4

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


The interim superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System is Dr. William "Bill" C. Harrison. Harrison was hired by the board of education on a unanimous vote and officially took office on July 9, 2014. The board set his pay at $13,000 per month plus $1,500 for housing, with his contract running through December 31, 2014, or until a permanent superintendent is hired. Harrison previously served as superintendent of Cumberland County Schools and was chair of the state board of education from 2009 to 2013. He was educated at Methodist College, East Carolina University and Vanderbilt University.[6][7]

School board

Alamance-Burlington schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms at-large.[8]

Alamance-Burlington School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Tony Rose 2010 2018
Patsy Simpson 2008 2016
Jackie Cole 2004 2016
Pamela Thompson 2012 2016
Steve Van Pelt 2004 2016
Mark T. Payne 2014 2018
Allison Gant 2014 2018

School board elections

See also: Alamance-Burlington School System elections (2014)

Members of the Alamance-Burlington school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Alamance-Burlington school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Public Comment at Regular Meetings

The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education believes that public input on issues affecting the school district is vital to its mission. Accordingly, the Board will provide an opportunity at each of its regular monthly meetings for members of the public, including students and employees, to address the Board. The public comment portion of the meetings shall occur in open session.

The Superintendent shall implement procedures to ensure that public comment proceeds in an orderly and efficient manner. Those procedures may include a requirement that an individual who wishes to address the Board sign up before the meeting.

A minimum of thirty minutes at each regular meeting shall be set aside for public comment. Each speaker shall be limited to three minutes, and no speaker may address the Board without having first been recognized by the Chair. No speaker shall be permitted to yield time to another. When a group of individuals wishes to speak in support or opposition of the same position, the Chair may ask the group to designate a single spokesperson. When the number of persons who wish to address the Board exceeds the capacity of the meeting room, the Chair may ask groups supporting or opposing the same position to select delegates to speak on their behalf.

Board members may ask clarifying questions of speakers, but the Board shall not undertake a general discussion of item(s) presented during public comment unless the meeting’s agenda is amended to include the item(s) pursuant to Policy 1410 (Agendas of Meetings).

The laws and policies of North Carolina provide that issues or concerns involving individual personnel matters are confidential, and therefore, not appropriate for public comment settings. Concerns related to personnel issues may be addressed through the Board’s grievance policies.

Written comments to Board members or the Superintendent will be accepted both at the Board meeting and at any time during the month.

Public Hearings

Public hearings required by law or deemed advisable by the Board shall be conducted according to a special order adopted by a majority vote setting forth the subject, date, place and time of the hearing as well as any rules regarding the length of time allotted for each speaker, etc. At the appointed time, the Chair or designee shall call the hearing to order and then preside over it. When the allotted time expires or when no one wishes to speak who has not done so, the Chair or designee shall declare the hearing ended.

At least once during each calendar year, the Board shall hold a public hearing at which members of the public may address the Board regarding any subject appropriate for open session. These hearings shall be separate from the opportunities for public comment provided at the Board’s regular meetings. No action shall be taken at these public hearings unless the notice requirements of the Open Meetings Law have been satisfied.

Maintenance of Order and Decorum

Any person who willfully interrupts, disturbs, or disrupts a meeting of the Board may be directed to leave the meeting by the presiding officer. Any person who engages in such behavior and then willfully refuses to leave the meeting after having been directed to do so is subject to prosecution under the relevant provisions of the Open Meetings Law.[9]

—Alamance-Burlington School System website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for the Alamance-Burlington School System:[11]

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
2012-2013 $152,381,264 84.3% $11,206,410 6.2% $15,713,190 8.7% $0 0% $1,370,000 0.8% $180,670,864
2013-2014 $150,981,161 85.1% $10,085,769 5.7% $14,141,871 8% $750,000 0.4% $1,370,000 0.8% $177,328,801
Averages: $151,681,212.5 85% $10,646,089.5 6% $14,927,530.5 8% $375,000 0% $1,370,000 1% $178,999,832.5

Teacher salaries

The Alamance-Burlington School System employed 1,487 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[12][13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Alamance-Burlington


The Alamance-Burlington School System served 22,851 students in 36 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly provide archived enrollment data.

District schools

The Alamance-Burlington School System operates 36 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Alamance-Burlington School System
Alamance-Burlington Middle College
Alexander Wilson Elementary School
Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary School
Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School
B. Everett Jordan Elementary School
Broadview Middle School
Career and Technical Education Center
Eastern Alamance High School
E.M. Holt Elementary School
E.M. Yoder Elementary
Eastlawn Elementary School
Elon Elementary School
Graham High School
Graham Middle School
Grove Park Elementary School
Harvey R. Newlin Elementary School
Haw River Elementary School
Hawfields Middle School
Highland Elementary School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Hugh M. Cummings High School
Marvin B. Smith Elementary School
North Graham Elementary School
Pleasant Grove Elementary School
R. Homer Andrews Elementary School
Ray Street Academy
South Alamance High School
South Graham Elementary School
South Mebane Elementary School
Southern Alamance Middle School
Slyvan Elementary School
Turrentine Middle School
Walter M. Williams High School
Western Alamance High School
Western Alamance Middle School
Woodlawn Middle School

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[15] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in the Alamance-Burlington School System who took all tests:[16]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 4,398 5,521 79.7%
2012-2013 2,175 5,347 40.7%

Contact information

Alamance-Burlington School System
1712 Vaughn Road
Burlington, NC 27217-2916
Phone: 336-570-6060
Fax: 336-570-6218

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alamance-Burlington School System, "Graduation rates climb to all-time high nearly 80%," August 14, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Alamance-Burlington Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Alamance County, North Carolina," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Alamance-Burlington School System, "Schools hire interim superintendent," July 2, 2014
  7. LinkedIn, "Bill Harrison," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Alamance-Burlington School System, "Board of Education," accessed November 26, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. ABSS Board Policies, "1450 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS," accessed November 26, 2014
  11. Alamance-Burlington Schools, "Expenditures," accessed December 5, 2013
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Alamance-Burlington School System, "School Information Pages," accessed November 28, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014