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Catoosa County Public Schools, Georgia

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Catoosa County Public Schools
Catoosa County, Georgia
Catoosa County Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Denia Reese
Enrollment:10,843 students
Graduation rate:82.2%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $111.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Don Dycus
Board members:5
Term length:4
Catoosa County Public Schools is a school district in Georgia that serves Catoosa County. It is the 33rd-largest school district in Georgia, serving 10,843 students in 18 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $111.3 million.[2]

About the district

Catoosa County Public Schools is located in Catoosa County, Georgia
Catoosa County Public Schools is located in Catoosa County, Georgia. The county seat of Catoosa County is Ringgold. Catoosa County is home to 63,942 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Catoosa County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.8 percent of Catoosa 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 Catoosa County was $46,143 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Catoosa County was 12.3 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Catoosa County (%) Georgia (%)
White 94.1 62.8
Black or African American 2.5 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.4 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 2.4 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 22.3 75.5 1.8
2008 24.6 74.4 1.0
2004 26.0 73.6 0.4
2000 31.0 68.2 0.8

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Catoosa County Public Schools is Denia Reese, who was appointed to the position in 2005. Reese had previously been serving as the principal of Graysville Elementary School. In 2012, she was one of four statewide recipients of the President’s Award presented by the Georgia School Superintendents Association.[5][6]

School board

The Catoosa County Board of Education consists of five members, one of whom is elected at-large and four by geographic district. They serve four-year terms.[7]

Catoosa County Board of Education
Member Role District Term Ends
Don Dycus Chairman District 3 2016
Melvin Edwards Member At-large 2016
Jack Simms Member District 2 2018
Billy Joe McDaniel Member District 1 2016
David Moeller Member District 4 2018

School board elections

See also: Catoosa County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats, Districts 2 and 4, were up for election on May 20, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2007:

A person desiring to speak or to make a presentation at a regular monthly meeting of the school board must complete the appropriate form (Request to be Placed on the Board Agenda). The form must be received at the School Superintendent’s office at least seven days prior to such meeting. Following notification of confirmation from the Superintendent’s office that the request to speak has been received, the person desiring to speak during public participation must be present promptly at the beginning of the public participation portion of the meeting and must sign in on the sign-in sheet. Prior to speaking, the participant must be recognized by the presiding officer, who shall not unreasonably withhold such recognition. If the subject matter involves a personnel matter, the name of the person at issue must also be set forth on the form/sign in sheet. The participant may only speak on subjects or issues that are set forth on the form/sign in sheet.

If a person desires to address the Board but has not completed the Request to be Placed on the Board Agenda form seven days prior to the Board meeting, they may be provided the opportunity to speak at the Board’s discretion. Such discretion will be exercised based on a balancing of the following factors: whether the granting of the request would infringe upon the time allocated to those speakers who have completed the request form in a timely manner; whether such person arrives promptly at the beginning of the Public Participation portion of the meeting; whether such person signs in their name and subject matter of the proposed speech on the sign-in sheet; and whether such subject matter concerns the subject at hand.

A participant’s time shall be limited to three to five minutes in duration, as determined by the presiding officer after a consideration of the number of participants who have requested to speak, and whether those who have requested to speak are actually in attendance.

No participant may speak more than once on the same topic.

All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually unless a question is posed to the participant by a board member or unless the presiding officer approves this procedure.

The presiding officer may:
Call on members of the public to speak who have not completed and turned in the Request to be Placed on the Board Agenda form seven days in advance of the meeting in the event that the person has signed in on the sign-in sheet requesting to speak and there is plenty of time remaining in the public participation portion of the meeting;

Interrupt, notify, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement exceeds the prescribed time limit, is abusive or disruptive, is obscene, or is irrelevant to a subject under consideration; likewise, any school board member, the superintendent or the board attorney may interrupt the participant to submit a question to the presiding officer as to relevance, length, obscenity or other issue that is in violation of this or any other law or school board policy; if a speaker fails to follow these rules one time during a meeting, he or she loses the opportunity to continue to speak at that meeting;

Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;

Call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum, room temperature, crowd condition, or room condition so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action; and

Waive these rules when necessary for the protection of privacy or the efficient administration of the Board’s business.


—Catoosa County Public Schools' website, (2007), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Catoosa County Public Schools:[2][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
2011-2012 $76,841,743 84.7% $3,233,722 3.6% $6,563,265 7.2% $0 0% $4,115,172 4.5% $90,753,902
2012-2013 $77,284,004 84.1% $3,249,324 3.5% $6,963,793 7.6% $0 0% $4,424,382 4.8% $91,921,503
2014-2015 $66,831,413 60% $14,313,329 12.9% $18,088,129 16.2% $8,486,725 7.6% $3,598,280 3.2% $111,317,876
Averages: $73,652,386.67 75% $6,932,125 7% $10,538,395.67 11% $2,828,908.33 3% $4,045,944.67 4% $97,997,760.33

Teacher salaries

Catoosa County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[11]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Catoosa County Public Schools


The district served 10,843 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.5 percent increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 10,685 N/A
2009-2010 10,733 0.8
2010-2011 10,939 1.9
2011-2012 10,934 -0.05
2012-2013 10,819 -1.1
2013-2014 10,843 0.2

District schools

Catoosa County Public Schools operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Catoosa County Public Schools
School Name
Battlefield Elementary School
Battlefield Primary School
Boynton Elementary School
Catoosa Online Academy School
Catoosa Performance Learning Center
Cloud Springs Elementary School
Graysville Elementary School
Heritage High School
Heritage Middle School
Lakeview Middle School
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
Ringgold Elementary School
Ringgold High School
Ringgold Middle School
Ringgold Primary School
Tiger Creek Elementary School
West Side Elementary School
Woodstation 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 2013-2014 school year:[14][15]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 97.4
3 ELA 95.1
3 Math 85.9
3 Science 85.3
3 Social Science 88.6
4 Reading 96.1
4 ELA 92.4
4 Math 83.3
4 Science 86.6
4 Social Science 86.1
5 Reading 98.0
5 ELA 96.1
5 Math 92.5
5 Science 86.4
5 Social Science 85.0

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.7
6 ELA 94.3
6 Math 87.2
6 Science 83.1
6 Social Science 83.3
7 Reading 96.0
7 ELA 93.3
7 Math 90.8
7 Science 87.1
7 Social Science 86.2
8 Reading 98.0
8 ELA 94.4
8 Math 90.2
8 Science 81.4
8 Social Science 83.5

Contact information

Catoosa County Public Schools logo.png
Catoosa County Public Schools
307 Cleveland Street
Ringgold, GA 30736
Phone: (706) 965-2297

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Catoosa County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Catoosa County Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
  3. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Weekly Community News, "Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Reese among tops in state," May 22, 2012
  6. Fort Oglethorpe Press, "Graysville Principal named Catoosa Schools superintendent," April 6, 2005
  7. Catoosa County Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed November 14, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Catoosa County Public Schools, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," July 24, 2007
  10. Georgia Department of Education, "Catoosa County Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed November 27, 2013 (dead link)
  11. Georgia Department of Education, "State Salary Schedule," accessed June 18, 2014
  12. Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed July 2, 2014
  13. Catoosa County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed July 1, 2014
  14. Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed November 13, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed November 13, 2014