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Catawba County Schools
Newton, North Carolina
Catawba County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dan Brigman
Enrollment:17,364 students
Graduation rate:90.8%[1]
Number of schools:28
Budget: $148.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sherry Butler
Board members:7
Term length:4
Catawba County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 17,364 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 23rd-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Catawba County Schools is located in Catawba County, North Carolina
Catawba County Schools is located in Catawba County, North Carolina. The county seat of Catawba County is Newton. Catawba County is home to 154,810 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Catawba 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 20.5 percent of Catawba 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 Catawba County was $43,657 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Catawba County was 15.1 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Catawba County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 85.0 71.7
Black or African American 8.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 4.0 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 8.9

Catawba County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 43,794 43.0
Democratic 29,447 26.0
Libertarian 279 0.3
Unaffiliated 29,447 28.9

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]


The superintendent of Catawba County Schools is Dr. Dan Brigman. Serving in this role since July 1, 2012, he previously acted as superintendent in Macon County, North Carolina and Manchester, Tennessee. Brigman earned a bachelor's degree in middle grades education from Mars Hill College, master's in education from Tennessee Technical University and doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University. He was paid a salary of $160,000 during the 2012-2013 school year.[6][7]

School board

Catawba County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.[8]

Catawba County School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Sherry Butler 1997 2014
Marilyn McRee 2008 2016
Ronn Abernathy 2012 2016
Michael David Brittain 2010 2018
Glenn L. Fulbright 2010 2018
Cathy Starnes 2012 2016
Charlie Wyant 2002 2014

School board elections

See also: Catawba County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Catawba 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 Catawba County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


Board 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, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or policy 2.3000, section D, paragraph 2, 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 fourteen (14) calendar 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. 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, shall accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson.

The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section below, Reports of Complaints.)

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 where the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting.

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. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the board. The chairperson shall decide the time devoted to public comments. The superintendent shall develop additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Board members shall 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. A unanimous vote of the board members present shall be required 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. 143-318.7.

If the board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the board shall 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 comments at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.


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 of the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or his/her designee shall make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[9]

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


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

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 $123,350,000 80.9% $7,696,000 5% $14,859,000 9.7% $5,750,000 3.8% $793,000 0.5% $152,448,000
2011-2012 $112,466,000 75.8% $7,367,000 5% $20,846,000 14.1% $6,924,000 4.7% $743,000 0.5% $148,346,000
Averages: $117,908,000 78% $7,531,500 5% $17,852,500 12% $6,337,000 4% $768,000 1% $150,397,000

Teacher salaries

Catawba County Schools employed 1,063 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.[12][13]

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 Catawba County


Catawba County Schools served 17,275 students in 28 schools during the 2012-2013 school year.[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 16,832
2005-2006 17,135 1.8
2006-2007 17,492 2.0
2007-2008 17,548 0.3
2008-2009 17,573 0.1
2009-2010 17,216 -2.1
2010-2011 17,238 0.1
2011-2012 17,112 -0.7
2012-2013 17,275 0.9

District schools

Catawba County Schools operates 28 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Catawba County Schools
Arndt Middle
Balls Creek Elementary
Bandys High
Banoak Elementary
Blackburn Elementary
Bunker Hill High
Catawba Elementary
Catawba Rosenwald Education Center
Challenger Early College
Claremont Elementary
Clyde Campbell Elementary
Fred T. Foard High
Jacobs Fork Middle
Lyle Creek Elementary
Maiden Elementary
Maiden High
Maiden Middle
Mill Creek Middle
Mt. View Elementary
Oxford Elementary
River Bend Middle
Sherrills Ford Elementary
Snow Creek Elementary
St. Stephens Elementary
St. Stephens High
Startown Elementary
Tuttle Elementary
Webb A. Murray 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 Catawba 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 3,413 3,889 87.8%
2012-2013 1,894 3,885 48.8%

Contact information

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Catawba County Schools
P.O. Box 1010
Newton, NC 28658
Phone: (828) 464-8333
Fax: (828) 464-0925​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, " County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Catawba County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Catawba County, North Carolina," accessed August 13, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 13, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Catawba County Schools, "Superintendent," accessed November 27, 2014
  7. Hickory Record, "Salaries in Catawba County’s public schools total more than $100 million," January 10, 2013
  8. Catawba County Schools, "Board Of Education Members," accessed November 27, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Catawba County Schools, "Board of Education Policy Manual-2.3100 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed December 8, 2014
  11. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 13, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Catawba County Schools, "Enrollment Statistics," 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