Clayton County Public Schools, Georgia

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Clayton County Public Schools
Clayton County, Georgia
Clayton County Public Schools logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Luvenia W. Jackson
Enrollment:52,030 students
Graduation rate:82.3%[1]
Number of schools:54
Budget: $530.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Pamela Adamson
Board members:9
Term length:4
Clayton County Public Schools is a school district in Georgia that serves Clayton County. It is the fifth-largest school district in Georgia, serving 52,030 students in 54 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

About the district

Clayton County Public Schools is located in Clayton County, Georgia
Clayton County Public Schools is located in Clayton County, Georgia. The county seat of Clayton County is Jonesboro. Clayton County is home to 259,424 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Clayton 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 17.5 percent of Clayton 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 Clayton County was $42,569 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Clayton County was 21.5 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Clayton County (%) Georgia (%)
White 25.1 62.8
Black or African American 67.0 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 5.1 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 13.4 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 84.8 14.7 0.5
2008 83.0 16.6 0.4
2004 70.5 29.0 0.5
2000 65.4 32.6 2.0

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.[3][4]


The superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools is Luvenia W. Jackson, who was appointed to the position in June 2014. She had been serving as the interim superintendent since October 2012. Jackson has two bachelor's degrees and two master's degrees from Georgia State University. She also has an educational specialist degree from West Georgia College. She began her 33-year career as a special education teacher in Clayton County Public Schools, and served as both assistant principal and principal in the district before transitioning to administrative roles.[5]

School board

The Clayton County Board of Education is a partisan board consisting of nine members elected to four-year terms.[6]

Clayton County Board of Education
Member District Party Affiliation Term Ends
Pamela Adamson 1 Democratic 2014
Mark Christmas 2 Democratic 2016
Jessie Goree 3 Democratic 2016
Michael King 4 Democratic 2014
Ophelia Burroughs 5 Democratic 2016
Mary Baker 6 Democratic 2016
Judy Johnson 7 Democratic 2016
Alieka Anderson 8 Democratic 2014
Charlton L. Bivins 9 Democratic 2014

School board elections

See also: Clayton County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Five seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2010:

The Clayton County Board of Education welcomes public participation and will hear any interested individual pursuant to the guidelines outlined in this policy. Therefore, at the beginning of each regular monthly business meeting, a period of time not to exceed 30 minutes will be devoted to concerns presented by the public. Before appearing before the Board, the public is urged to seek solutions to their concerns through administrative channels. If there are no members of the public wishing to address the Board, the Board may continue with its meeting.

The following rules shall govern speakers who address the Board:

Members of the public wishing to speak must call the Board secretary before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting and provide their name, address and topic on which they wish to speak. If remaining slots are available after 4:30 p.m., members of the public may sign up to speak in the lobby up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If applicable, the individual will provide the organization, association, or school with which they are affiliated. NOTE: Members of the public will not be allowed to discuss individual personnel issues or confidential student matters.

Up to ten (10) speakers will be allowed to speak for three (3) minutes each at Regular Meetings. For Special Board Meetings, excluding Work Sessions, speakers will be allowed to speak for three (3) minutes each. Speakers are asked to strictly adhere to time allocated.

Speakers must identify themselves and topic(s) before speaking.

Speakers may provide ten written copies of their concern to the Board.

Groups are asked to designate a single spokesperson.

Board members will not respond to comments from speakers. The Chairman may respond as appropriate and, for example, direct speakers to the appropriate staff member for assistance. Issues requiring possible action by the Board may be added to a future agenda. Issues that may need to be addressed by the administration will be duly noted.

Abusive language and/or personal attacks will not be permitted and shall promptly be ruled out of order by the Chairman.

Individuals addressing the Board must at all times adhere to the Civility Policy and other rules as may be necessary for the efficient and orderly operation of the meeting. Based on the discretion of the Chair, if the Civility policy is violated and or the orderly running of the meeting is disrupted, the security personnel may be prompted by the Chair to remove the member of the public out of the meeting place or off the Board of Education properties.

The thirty-minute time limit and/or three minute maximum per speaker may be extended with a majority vote of the Board.

The Board vests in the Chairman or presiding officer, the authority to terminate the remarks of speakers who fail to adhere to the above rules.[7]

—Clayton County Public Schools' website, (2010) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Clayton County Public Schools:[9][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
2013-2014 $279,130,357 79.3% $25,915,142 7.4% $43,629,168 12.4% $0 0% $3,237,296 0.9% $351,912,363
2014-2015 $331,456,042 62.5% $95,283,394 18% $52,155,368 9.8% $0 0% $51,827,164 9.8% $530,721,968
Averages: $305,293,199.5 69% $60,599,268 14% $47,892,268 11% $0 0% $27,532,230 6% $441,317,165.5

Teacher salaries

Clayton 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 Clayton County Public Schools


The district served 52,030 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 6.7 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 48,770 N/A
2009-2010 49,826 2.2
2010-2011 50,390 1.1
2011-2012 50,664 0.5
2012-2013 51,363 1.4
2013-2014 52,030 1.3

District schools

Clayton County Public Schools operates 54 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Clayton County Public Schools
School Name
Adamson Middle School
Anderson Elementary School
Arnold Elementary School
Babb Middle School
Brown Elementary School
Callaway Elementary School
Church Street Elementary School
Drew High School
East Clayton Elementary School
Edmonds Elementary School
Elite Scholars Academy
Forest Park Middle School
Forest Park High School
Fountain Elementary School
Harper Elementary School
Hawthorne Elementary School
Haynie Elementary School
Huie Elementary School
Jackson Elementary School
Jonesboro High School
Jonesboro Middle School
Kemp Elementary School
Kemp Primary School
Kendrick Middle School
Kilpatrick Elementary School
Lake City Elementary School
Lake Ridge Elementary School
Lee Street Elementary School
Lovejoy High School
Lovejoy Middle School
M.E. Stilwell School of the Arts
Marshall Elementary School
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
McGarrah Elementary School
Morrow Elementary School
Morrow High School
Morrow Middle School
Mt. Zion Elementary School
Mt. Zion High School
Mt. Zion Primary School
Mundy's Mill High School
Mundy's Mill Middle School
Northcutt Elementary School
North Clayton High School
North Clayton Middle School
Oliver Elementary School
Open Campus High School
Pointe South Elementary School
Pointe South Middle School
Rex Mill Middle School
Riverdale Elementary School
Riverdale High School
Riverdale Middle School
River's Edge Elementary School
Roberts Middle School
Sequoyah Middle School
Smith Elementary School
Suder Elementary School
Swint Elementary School
Tara Elementary School
Unidos Dual Language Charter School
West Clayton Elementary School
White Academy
White Academy 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 86.6
3 ELA 78.7
3 Math 65.7
3 Science 63.4
3 Social Science 73.7
4 Reading 88.2
4 ELA 80.8
4 Math 66.9
4 Science 70.5
4 Social Science 69.8
5 Reading 91.0
5 ELA 91.4
5 Math 75.0
5 Science 72.1
5 Social Science 71.4

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[15]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 96.0
6 ELA 88.3
6 Math 75.4
6 Science 65.7
6 Social Science 72.2
7 Reading 92.5
7 ELA 92.0
7 Math 77.4
7 Science 77.5
7 Social Science 76.5
8 Reading 94.9
8 ELA 92.6
8 Math 67.9
8 Science 68.3
8 Social Science 72.6

Contact information

Clayton County Public Schools logo.jpeg
Clayton County Public Schools
1058 Fifth Avenue
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 473-2700

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Clayton County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
  2. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed July 1, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. 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.
  5. Clayton County Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed November 14, 2014
  6. Clayton County Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed November 14, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Clayton County Public Schools, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," July 12, 2010
  9. Clayton County Public Schools, "Business Services," accessed December 3, 2013
  10. Clayton County Public Schools, "Final Approved Budget Book, FY 2015," accessed December 10, 2014
  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. Clayton County Public Schools, "Facilities," accessed November 13, 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