Anderson School District Five, South Carolina

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Anderson School District Five
Anderson County, South Carolina
Anderson School District Five logo2.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Thomas A. Wilson
Enrollment:12,169 students
Graduation rate:81.4%[1]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $97 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rick Bradshaw
Board members:9
Term length:4
Anderson School District Five is a school district in South Carolina that serves Anderson County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Anderson School District Five was the 16th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 12,169 students in 22 schools with an operating budget of $97 million.[2]

About the district

Anderson School District Five is located in Anderson County, South Carolina.
Anderson School District Five is located in Anderson County, South Carolina. The county seat of Anderson County is Anderson. Anderson County is home to 187,126 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Anderson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.5 percent of Anderson 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 Anderson County was $42,659 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Anderson County was 16.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Anderson County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 80.7 68.3
Black or African American 16.5 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 0.9 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 3.3 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Anderson County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 12,427 21,774
2008 24,132 48,690
2004 20,697 43,355
2000 22,405 48,709

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.[4]


The superintendent of Anderson School District Five is Thomas A. Wilson, who was appointed to the position in February 2013. He had previously been serving as the director of governmental affairs at the Georgia Department of Education. He is also a former superintendent of Buford City Public Schools and Carrollton City Public Schools in Georgia. His annual salary is $150,000, which is $8,000 more a year than his predecessor, Betty Bagley.[5]

School board

The Anderson Five Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Seven members serve by specific geographic district, and two members serve at-large.[6]

Anderson Five Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Ann Huitt District 1 2016
Margaret Adger Mack District 2 2018
Tommy Price District 3 2016
Paul Zugg District 4 2016
Harold R. Kay II District 5 2018
Rick Bradshaw District 6 2018
John Griffith District 7 2016
Sandy Addis At-large 2018
Jay Blankenship At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Anderson School District Five elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Five 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 2004:

The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings. The board conducts meetings for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school district. The meetings are not public forum meetings but are meetings held in public. Orderly conduct of a meeting does not permit spontaneous discussion from the audience. Regular, special and emergency meetings are open to the general public, news media and school staff.

In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens wanting an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct requests to the superintendent or board chairman.


The board urges all persons to participate through established procedures. These procedures are designed to encourage participation and ensure the orderly management of the school district. The board is committed to compliance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act as well as all other federal and state laws that regulate or impinge on board actions and policy.

Any citizen or group of citizens may appear before the board at any meeting of the board, except when the board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the board provided a request for such address has been made at least three days in advance of the meeting. The board may, in addition, give citizens who have not made the proper request for hearing an opportunity to speak by majority vote of its members present.

The chairman will allot a reasonable time for such hearings but will, within his/her discretion, also limit citizen speeches or the board may limit such speeches by majority vote. In the event that appearances before the board are for complaint or grievance, the matter must be submitted to the superintendent for study and review. The complaint will be put in writing, signed by the sponsor and filed in the office of the superintendent. Such communication should be addressed to the board or directly to the chairman. Discussions and action on citizens' public requests will be made after such individuals or groups have made their statements and concluded their participation in the meeting.

In addition to the provisions for participation above, following the approval of the minutes item on the agenda, the first 15 minutes of every regular monthly board meeting will be open for any citizens in the district to address the board with any concerns he/she might have with two exceptions.

There be no discussion of personalities (these cases are handled in executive session, through current channels).

The chairman limits each speaker to three to five minutes, depending on the number of people present.

Presentations will be received as information.[7]

—Anderson School District Five's website, (2004) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Anderson School District Five:[2][9]

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
2011-2012 $82,006,955 59.3% $4,770,084 3.5% $8,811,375 6.4% $8,700,106 6.3% $59,725,390 43.2% $138,203,593
2014-2015 $85,780,301 88.4% $1,876,603 1.9% $7,798,800 8% $21,034 0% $1,540,100 1.6% $97,016,838
Averages: $83,893,628 71% $3,323,343.5 3% $8,305,087.5 7% $4,360,570 4% $30,632,745 26% $117,610,215.5

Teacher salaries

Anderson Five teacher salaries are based on years of experience and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 32,867 50,502
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 34,345 52,229
Master's degree 37,633 57,170
Master's degree + 18 hours 39,276 58,895
Master's degree + 30 hours 40,919 60,624
Doctorate 44,205 69,950

Schools in Anderson School District Five


The district served 12,169 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.2 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 12,024 N/A
2010-2011 12,087 0.5
2011-2012 12,169 0.7

District schools

Anderson School District Five operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Anderson School District Five Schools
School Name
Anderson Five Career Campus
Anderson Five Charter School
Calhoun Academy of the Arts
Centerville Academy of 21st Learning
Concord Elementary, an International Baccalaureate World School
Glenview Middle School of Choice
Homeland Park Primary
Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation, a STEM School
McCants Middle, an International Baccalaureate World Candidate School
McLees Academy of Leadership
Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering
Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation
New Prospect STEM Academy
North Pointe Elementary School of Choice
Robert Anderson College and Career Academy
South Fant School of Early Education
Southwood Academy of the Arts
T. L. Hanna High, an International Baccalaureate School
Varennes Academy of Communication & Technology
West Market School of Early Education
Westside High, an Early College Academy
Whitehall Elementary, a Global Communication 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 77.8 48.2
Math 75.6 40.7
Science 77.2 31.9
Social Studies 82.6 47.5
Writing 81.3 47.5

Contact information

Anderson School District Five logo2.jpg
Anderson School District Five
400 Pearman Dairy Road
Anderson, SC 29625
Phone: (864) 260-5000

See also

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