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Cabell County Schools
Cabell County, West Virginia
Cabell County Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:William A. Smith
Graduation rate:73.8%[1]
Number of schools:27
Budget: $148.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Suzanne McGinnis Oxley
Board members:5
Term length:4
Cabell County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the fourth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 13,085 students in 27 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Cabell County Schools is located in Cabell County, West Virginia
Cabell County Schools is located in Cabell County, West Virginia. Cabell County is home to 96,974 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Cabell County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.2 percent of Cabell County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9 percent for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Cabell County was $23,024 compared to $22,482 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Cabell County was 21.3 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Cabell County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 91.5 94.0
Black or African American 5.1 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 1.1 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z Z
Two or More Races 2.0 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.2 1.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 30,731 50.8
Republican 19,117 31.6
Mountain 72 .001
No Party 10,023 16.6
Other 571 .009

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.[5][6]


William Smith is the superintendent of Cabell County Schools. He has held the position since 2005. Prior to being named superintendent, Smith was an English teacher at Huntington High School. He has also served the district as supervisor for gifted education, coordinator of continuing education, manager of professional personnel, coordinator of federal programs and technology and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.[7]

School board

The Cabell County school board is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Cabell County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Mary L. Neely At-large 2018
Suzanne McGinnis Oxley At-large 2016
Rhonda E. Smalley At-large 2018
Karen Nance At-large 2018
Garland "Skip" Parsons At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Cabell County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Cabell County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Public Participation at Board Meetings

The Board of Education recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comments by members of the public, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at every meeting of the Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings 6-9A-3, Code of West Virginia. Comments by members of the public at special meetings shall be limited to agenda items only.

The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.

The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:

A. Public participation shall be permitted as indicated on the order of business.

B. Attendees must register their intention to address the Board in the public portion of the meeting no later than five (5) minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Board shall provide a form for such registration and such form shall be located in a convenient and accessible place within the meeting room. (Members of the public may not be required to register to address the Board more than fifteen (15) minutes before the meeting is scheduled to commence.) 6-9A-3, Code of West Virginia.

C. Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation, if and when appropriate.

D. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to the lesser of five (5) minute’s duration or the amount of time calculated by dividing the total number of registered speakers into the total time set aside for public participation, unless extended by the presiding officer. No person shall yield his/her time to another without the consent of the presiding officer.

E. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard and, then, only at the discretion of the presiding officer.

F. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question Board members individually.

G. Tape or video recordings are permitted, providing the person operating the recorder has contacted the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting to review possible placement of the equipment, and agrees to abide by the following conditions:

  • No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience.
  • No interviews are conducted in the meeting room while the Board is in session.
  • No commentary, adjustment of equipment, or positioning of operators is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience while the Board is in session.

H. The presiding officer may:

  • interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
  • request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;
  • request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;
  • call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action;
  • waive these rules with the approval of the Board when necessary for the protection of privacy or the administration of the Board's business.

I. The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to thirty (30) minutes, unless extended by a vote of the Board.[9]

—Cabell County Schools website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Cabell County Schools:[11][12]

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
2010-2011 $111,373,576 69.8% $14,298,824 9% $16,877,947 10.6% $2,094,275 1.3% $14,987,078 9.4% $159,631,700
2011-2012 $105,746,572 70.3% $15,102,971 10% $14,961,461 9.9% $1,922,525 1.3% $12,667,346 8.4% $150,400,875
2012-2013 $93,957,504 63.3% $25,489,636 17.2% $25,142,657 16.9% $1,745,356 1.2% $2,139,111 1.4% $148,474,264
Averages: $103,692,550.67 68% $18,297,143.67 12% $18,994,021.67 12% $1,920,718.67 1% $9,931,178.33 6% $152,835,613

Teacher salaries

Cabell County teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Cabell County Board of Education:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Daily Rate ($) Maximum Daily Rate ($)
B.A. 170.14 279.45
B.A. + 15 174.5 283.8
MA 184.5 293.8
MA + 15 188.87 298.18
MA + 30 193.25 302.55
MA + 45 197.14 306.44
D 202.88 312.19

Schools in Cabell County Schools


The district served 13,085 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 5.9 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,346 NA
2008-2009 12,522 1.4
2009-2010 12,552 0.0
2010-2011 12,700 1.4
2011-2012 12,880 1.4
2012-2013 12,979 0.7
2013-2014 13,085 0.8

District schools

Cabell County Schools operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Cabell County Schools
School Name
Alternative School
Altizer Elementary School
Barboursville Middle School
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Cabell Midland High School
Central City Elementary School
Cox Landing Elementary School
Culloden Elementary School
Davis Creek Elementary School
Geneva Kent Elementary School
Guyandotte Elementary School
Highlawn Elementary School
Hite-Saunders Elementary School
Huntington East Middle School
Huntington High School
Huntington Middle School
Martha Elementary School
Meadows Elementary School
Milton Elementary School
Milton Middle School
Nichols Elementary School
Ona Elementary School
Peyton Elementary School
Salt Rock Elementary School
Southside Elementary School
Spring Hill Elementary School
Village of Barboursville Elementary School

Academic performance

West Virginia measures academic performance through WESTEST 2. The assessment measures student performance in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science based on the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The development of the CSOs was led by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Instruction with participation from the Office of Assessment and Accountability, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning and educators from around the state. Students enrolled in grades three through 11 participate in the assessments. WESTTEST 2 is also used as an accountability assessment to determine school, county and state status for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations by the state and federal government. The table below lists the results for Cabell County Schools.[16][17]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Cabell County Schools[18]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 8,120 3,526 43.4
Reading/Language Arts 8,107 4,023 49.6
Science 6,440 2,568 39.8
Social Studies 8,006 3,245 40.5

Contact information

Cabell County Schools logo.png
Cabell County Schools

2850 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702

Phone: (304) 528-5000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. West Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation Rate - Accountability Year 2013-14," accessed June 11, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Cabell County, West Virginia," accessed January 15, 2014
  4. West Virginia Secretary of State," West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed February 18, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. Huntington News, "William Smith to Continue Serving as Cabell County Schools Superintendent," January 10, 2013
  8. Cabell County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 12, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Cabell County Schools, "Policy Manual," accessed June 12, 2014
  11. Cabell County Schools, "Cabell County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
  12. Cabell County Schools, "Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2013," accessed December 10, 2014
  13. Cabell County Schools, "Salary Schedule," accessed June 12, 2014
  14. West Virginia Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed June 12, 2014
  15. Cabell County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 12, 2014
  16. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST 2 Parent Brochure," accessed June 12, 2014
  17. West Virginia Department of Education, "Assessment and Accountability," accessed June 12, 2014
  18. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST2/APTA Assessment Data - School Year 2012-13," accessed June 12, 2014