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Camden County Schools, Georgia

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Camden County Schools
Camden County, Georgia
Camden County Schools seal.gif
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Will Hardin
Enrollment:9,357 students
Graduation rate:74.9%[1]
Number of schools:13
Budget: $73.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Herbert Rowland
Board members:5
Term length:4
Camden County Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 9,357 students in 13 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 41st-largest by enrollment in the state of Georgia.

About the district

Camden County Schools is located in Camden County, Georgia.
Camden County Schools is located in Camden County, Georgia. The county seat of Camden County is Woodbine. Camden County is home to 51,476 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Camden County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.8 percent of Camden County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Camden County was $54,155 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Camden County was 16.2 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Camden County (%) Georgia (%)
White 75.5 62.8
Black or African American 19.3 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.6 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Camden County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 6,377 11,343
2008 6,482 10,502
2004 4,637 9,488
2000 3,636 6,371

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 Camden County Schools is Dr. Will Hardin, whom the school board appointed to the position on July 1, 2007. Hardin began his career as a vocational agriculture teacher in 1982. From 1989 to 1992, he served as an elementary school principal. His career shifted from the classroom to administration from 1992 to 1995 in Berrien County Public Schools, where he served as a school social worker, director of transportation and director of student services. Hardin joined the Camden school district in 1995, and he worked as a pre-kindergarten resource coordinator, middle school assistant principal and director of transportation until becoming the assistant superintendent in charge of finance and operations in 1999.[6]

School board

Camden County Schools is overseen by a five-member board, all of whom are elected by geographic electoral district to four-year terms.[7]

Camden County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Daniel Simpson 1 2016
Jane W. Brown 2 2018
Jimmy Coffel 3 2016
Herbert Rowland 4 2018
Doug Benton 5 2016

School board elections

See also: Camden County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Camden County Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Two seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Camden County Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Citizens of Camden County are encouraged to attend meetings of the Board to listen to and observe the deliberations of its members. Board meetings are open to the public but are not meetings of the public; however, a citizen may request the opportunity to speak at an appropriate time and in accordance with procedures established by the Board or the Superintendent.

The Board requires individuals to contact the Superintendent, his administrative staff and/or local school administrators in an effort to secure, at the lowest level possible, a satisfactory solution to any concerns prior to referral to the Board of Education.

All presentations to the Board are to be brief and are intended for the Board to hear comments or concerns without taking action at that time.

The Superintendent shall make procedures available which specify how members of the public may address the Board regarding issues of concern.[8]

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


The table below displays the budget for Camden 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 $53,014,607 73.9% $3,622,991 5% $5,285,611 7.4% $0.00 0% $9,824,101 13.7% $71,747,310
2013-2014 $60,995,174.74 83.3% $3,240,953.80 4.4% $5,609,386.90 7.7% $0.00 0% $3,356,197.54 4.6% $73,201,712.98
Averages: $57,004,890.87 79% $3,431,972.4 5% $5,447,498.95 8% $0 0% $6,590,149.27 9% $72,474,511.49

Teacher salaries

Camden County Schools employed 621 PK-12 teachers during the 2010-2011 school year.[11] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. The salary schedule accounts for a graduate degree by providing a higher starting salary and a greater potential salary. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the district for 2013-2014:[12]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 32,293 49,608
3 years 33,262 51,096
4 years 34,260 52,629
5 years 35,288 54,208
6 years 36,346 56,376
7 years 37,436 58,067
8 years 38,460 60,681
9-10 years 39,716 62,501
11-12 years 40,908 64,376
13-14 years 42,135 66,307
15-16 years 43,398 68,296
17-18 years 44,699 70,345
19-20 years 46,041 72,455
21+ years 47,422 74,629

Schools in Camden County Schools


Camden County Schools served 9,357 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.0 percent decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 9,745 -
2008-2009 9,701 -0.5
2009-2010 9,670 -0.3
2010-2011 9,437 -2.4
2011-2012 9,357 -0.8

District schools

Camden County Schools operates 13 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Camden County Schools
School Name
Camden County High School
Camden Middle School
Crooked River Elementary School
David L. Rainer Elementary School
Kingsland Elementary School
Mamie Lou Gross Elementary School
Mary Lee Clark Elementary School
Matilda Harris Elementary School
Ninth Grade Center
St. Marys Elementary School
St. Marys Middle School
Sugarmill Elementary School
Woodbine Elementary School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[14][15]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 94.0 92.1
3 ELA 90.5 88.1
3 Math 84.0 78.5
3 Science 87.9 78.4
3 Social Studies 91.1 83.4
4 Reading 95.3 92.5
4 ELA 93.7 90.2
4 Math 91.0 84.3
4 Science 90.5 82.7
4 Social Studies 89.9 81.3
5 Reading 96.1 92.9
5 ELA 96.0 94.2
5 Math 93.7 89.5
5 Science 89.9 79.6
5 Social Studies 89.3 80.5

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%) State meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.7 96.0
6 ELA 95.8 92.4
6 Math 87.1 82.7
6 Science 82.8 74.0
6 Social Studies 87.0 77.5
7 Reading 96.6 94.7
7 ELA 94.2 93.0
7 Math 94.0 89.9
7 Science 93.2 85.2
7 Social Studies 89.9 82.7
8 Reading 98.3 96.8
8 ELA 96.5 94.3
8 Math 90.6 83.0
8 Science 81.9 74.0
8 Social Studies 84.0 77.9

Contact information

Camden County Schools seal.gif

Camden County Schools
311 South East Street
Kingsland, GA 31548
Phone: 912-729-5687
Fax: 912-729-1489

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