Caldwell County Schools, North Carolina

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Caldwell County Schools
Lenoir, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Steve Stone
Enrollment:12,570 students
Graduation rate:90.9%[1]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $111 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Darrell Pennell
Board members:7
Term length:4
Caldwell County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 12,570 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 31st-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Caldwell County Schools is located in Caldwell County, North Carolina
Caldwell County Schools is located in Caldwell County, North Carolina. The county seat of Caldwell County is Concord. Caldwell County is home to 81,990 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Caldwell 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 12.3 percent of Caldwell 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 Caldwell County was $36,108 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Caldwell County was 19.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Caldwell County (%) North carolina (%)
White 92.2 71.7
Black or African American 5.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.6
Asian 0.7 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 8.9

Caldwell County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 20,759 41.2
Democratic 14,155 28.0
Libertarian 200 0.4
Unaffiliated 15,268 30.3

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]


The superintendent of Caldwell County Schools is Steve Stone. Stone has served in this role since June 2006. He earned a bachelor's in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979, master's in administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983 and doctorate in administration from North Carolina State University in 1993.[7] Stone was one of eight nominees for North Carolina’s A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year award in 2014.[8]

School board

Caldwell County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.[9]

Caldwell County School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Darrell Pennell 2012 2016
Tim Hawkins 2008 2016
Linda Coffey 2004 2016
Dottie Darsie 1994 2018
Helen P. Hall 2010 2014
Duane Knight 2012 2018
Joe Sims 2013 2018

School board elections

See also: Caldwell County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Caldwell County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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


Caldwell County Board of Education meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. 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 system, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school system. In order that the Board may conduct an orderly meeting while providing an opportunity for input, individuals or groups may be heard by the Board in accordance with this policy or subsection D.2 of policy 2300, Board Meetings, which addresses public hearings.


In order that the Board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific Board meeting should direct written requests to the Superintendent at least six working days prior to the meeting. The request should include:

1. the name and address of the person or persons making the request;
2. the organization or group, if any, represented; and
3. 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. Additional items may be added to the agenda by the Board on a two-thirds vote of the Board members.

The Superintendent shall 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 shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The Board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the Superintendent, consent to hear a presentation when the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting. The Superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section C, Reports of Complaints, below.)

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


Each month, a part of at least one regularly scheduled Board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the Board through public comment. Public comment will be governed by the following guidelines:

1. Individuals wishing to make a public comment shall submit a written request to speak no later than 3:30 p.m. on the date of the meeting.
2. Each speaker shall be allotted three minutes.
3. The Board will allow up to 21 minutes for public comment. Speakers will be heard in the order in which they signed up to address the Board.
4. Student, personnel, or other matters that may be required by law to be kept confidential shall not be raised during the public comment period. Such concerns should be addressed to the Superintendent in accordance with section C, below.

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.

If the Board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the Board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a majority of the Board votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.


Citizens who wish to address non-agenda items are encouraged to do so in written comments to the Superintendent or Board members who, in turn, may decide to follow the procedure for seeking to add the item to the agenda of a future meeting.

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 system official responsible for the program or facility or to the Superintendent. The Superintendent or designee shall make available this policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[10]

—Caldwell County Schools website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Caldwell County Schools:[12][13][14]

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 $83,788,101 76.7% $8,140,696 7.5% $15,069,091 13.8% $437,213 0.4% $1,776,078 1.6% $109,211,179
2011-2012 $82,391,721 76% $8,384,192 7.7% $14,790,985 13.6% $175,246 0.2% $2,703,498 2.5% $108,445,642
2012-2013 $85,073,658 76.1% $7,023,090 6.3% $15,668,230 14% $1,265,309 1.1% $2,821,816 2.5% $111,852,103
2013-2014 $81,340,966 73.3% $7,029,549 6.3% $15,344,223 13.8% $503,050 0.5% $6,743,006 6.1% $110,960,794
Averages: $83,148,611.5 76% $7,644,381.75 7% $15,218,132.25 14% $595,204.5 1% $3,511,099.5 3% $110,117,429.5

Teacher salaries

Caldwell County Schools employed 847 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.[15][16]

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 Caldwell County


Caldwell County Schools serves 12,057 students in 26 schools. The district has experienced a decrease in enrollment in recent years.[17]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006-2007 12,872
2007-2008 13,116 1.9
2008-2009 13,051 -0.5
2009-2010 12,890 -1.2
2010-2011 12,744 -1.1
2011-2012 12,522 -1.8
2012-2013 12,382 -1.1
2013-2014 12,229 -1.3
2014-2015 12,057 -1.4

District schools

Caldwell County Schools operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[18]

Caldwell County Schools
Baton Elementary
Caldwell Early College
Career Central Middle College
Davenport A+ Elementary
Dudley Shoals Elementary
Gamewell Elementary
Gamewell Middle
Gateway School
Granite Falls Elementary
Granite Falls Middle
Happy Valley
Hibriten High
Horizons Elementary
Hudson Elementary
Hudson Middle
Kings Creek
Lower Creek Elementary
Oak Hill
Sawmills Elementary
South Caldwell High
Valmead Elementary
West Caldwell High
West Lenoir Elementary
Whitnel Elementary
William Lenoir Middle

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."[19] 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 Caldwell County Schools who took all tests:[20]

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 2,517 2,984 84.3%
2012-2013 1,297 2,885 45.0%

Contact information

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Caldwell County Schools
1914 Hickory Blvd. SW
Lenoir, NC 28645
Phone: 828-728-8407
Fax: 828-728-0012

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Caldwell County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Caldwell County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Caldwell County, North Carolina," accessed August 12, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 12, 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. LinkedIn, "Steve Stone," accessed November 27, 2014
  8. WHKY, "Caldwell Co. Superintendent is One of 8 Nominees for Statewide Award," November 14, 2014
  9. Caldwell County Schools, "Board Member Profiles," accessed November 27, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Caldwell County Schools, "Board Policy Manual 2310:Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed November 27, 2014
  12. Caldwell County Schools, "Caldwell County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  13. Caldwell County Schools, "Budget Resolution 2012-2013," accessed December 17, 2014
  14. Caldwell County SChools, "Budget Resolution 2013-2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  17. Caldwell County Schools, "20 Year Comparison – Membership Data by School," accessed November 29, 2014
  18. Caldwell County Schools, "School Directory," accessed November 29, 2014
  19. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  20. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014