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Cabarrus County Schools, North Carolina

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Cabarrus County Schools
Concord, North Carolina
Cabarrus County Schools.JPG
District Profile
Superintendent:Barry Shepherd
Enrollment:29,747 students
Graduation rate:88.1%[1]
Number of schools:38
Budget: $144.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Blake Kiger
Board members:7
Term length:4
Cabarrus County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 29,747 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 10th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Cabarrus County Schools is located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Cabarrus County Schools is located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The county seat of Cabarrus County is Concord. Cabarrus County is home to 187,226 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Cabarrus 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 24.2 percent of Cabarrus 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 Cabarrus County was $54,341 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Cabarrus County was 12.1 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Cabarrus County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 78.3 71.7
Black or African American 16.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.6
Asian 2.5 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 9.8 8.9

Cabarrus County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 46,239 38.6
Democratic 39,895 30.8
Libertarian 487 0.4
Unaffiliated 33,249 27.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools is Dr. Barry Shepherd. Appointed to the position by the school board in December 2007, Shepherd has served in this position since January 22, 2008. Shepherd previously served as a band director, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He was superintendent of Elkin City Schools when he was selected to lead Cabarrus.[6]

School board

Cabarrus County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Cabarrus County School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Blake Kiger 2010 2014
Barry Shoemaker 2012 2016
Carolyn Carpenter 2006 2018
David Harrison 2016
Jeff Phillips 2012 2016
Lynn Shue 2010 2014
Rob Walter 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Cabarrus County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Cabarrus County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held each even numbered year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Cabarrus County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school district. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.

The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school district, also wishes to provide a forum for persons to express interests and concerns related to the school district. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or policy 2300, section D, paragraph 2, which addresses public hearings.


In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, persons desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent by 8:00 a.m. at least four business days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

• the name and address of the person or persons making the request;

• the organization or group, if any, represented; and

• a brief explanation of the nature of the item. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request.

The superintendent will confer with the chairperson of the board concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda, and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion.

The superintendent, with the consent of the board chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson. The superintendent will notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The superintendent will explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section below, Reports of Complaints.)

Any item approved by the superintendent for inclusion on the agenda is subject to the approval of the board upon adoption of the agenda. The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation where the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting.

The chairperson will establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.

To ensure an orderly discussion and disposition of items, the discussion of agenda items will be limited to the members of the board; the superintendent; authorized school district personnel; or persons who have prior approval or are recognized by the chairperson. Other persons present during the board meeting may speak only in response to a request or inquiry from a board member to obtain clarification of or additional information on the subject under consideration.


A part of each meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the board. Speakers must sign up no later than 12:00 noon one business day prior to the meeting. The chairperson will decide the time devoted to public comments.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.


Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school district official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee will make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[8]

—Cabarrus County Schools website, (2014)[9]


The table below displays the budget for the Cabarrus County Schools:[10]

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 $94,392,965 65.5% $8,804,246 6.1% $18,848,630 13.1% $0 0% $21,967,572 15.3% $144,013,413
Averages: $94,392,965 66% $8,804,246 6% $18,848,630 13% $0 0% $21,967,572 15% $144,013,413

Teacher salaries

Cabarrus County Schools employed 1,852 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.[11][12]

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 Cabarrus County


Cabarrus County Schools served 29,538 students in 39 schools during the 2012-2013 school year.[13] The district experienced a slight decrease in enrollment in recent years.

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2011-2012 29,747
2012-2013 29,538 -0.7

District schools

Cabarrus County Schools operates 39 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Cabarrus County Schools
A. T. Allen Elementary
Bethel Elementary
Beverly Hills Elementary
C. C. Griffin Middle
Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College
Cabarrus Opportunity
Carl A. Furr Elementary
Central Cabarrus High
Charles E. Boger Elementary
Coltrane-Webb Elementary
Concord High
Concord Middle
Cox Mill Elementary
Cox Mill High
Harrisburg Elementary
Harold E. Winkler Middle
Harris Road Middle
Hickory Ridge High
Hickory Ridge Middle
J. N. Fries Middle
Jay M. Robinson High
Long School
Mary Frances Wall Center
Mount Pleasant Elementary
Mount Pleasant High
Mount Pleasant Middle
Northwest Cabarrus High
Northwest Cabarrus Middle
Patriots Elementary
Performance Learning Center
Pitts School Road Elementary
R. Brown McAllister Elementary
Rocky River Elementary
Royal Oaks Elementary
W. M. Irvin Elementary
W.R. Odell School
Weddington Hills Elementary
Winecoff Elementary
Wolf Meadow Elementary

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 Cabarrus County Schools 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 5,706 6,860 83.2%
2012-2013 3,561 6,783 52.5%

Contact information

Cabarrus County Schools.JPG
Cabarrus County Schools
4401 Old Airport Road
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-786-6191

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Cabarrus County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Cabarrus County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Cabarrus County, North Carolina," accessed August 11, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Salisbury Post, "Cabarrus County Schools has new superintendent," December 8, 2007
  7. Cabarrus County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Cabarrus County Schools Policy Manual, "Section 2000 - Board Operations," accessed November 26, 2014
  10. Cabarrus County Schools, "Final Budget 2012-2013," accessed December 4, 2013
  11. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Cabarrus County Schools, "About," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Cabarrus County Schools, "CSS Annual Report 2012-2013," accessed November 29, 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