Cleveland County Schools, North Carolina

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Cleveland County Schools
Shelby, NC
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Bruce Boyles
Graduation rate:83.3%
Number of schools:29
Budget: $ 151.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:9
Term length:4
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a school district in North Carolina. The district serves 15,259 students in 29 schools.[1]

About the district


Cleveland County Schools is located in Cleveland County, North Carolina
Cleveland County Schools is located in Shelby, North Carolina and is the district for Cleveland County. Cleveland County has population of 97,474.[2]


The county underperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (79.5%) is lower than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Cleveland County (15.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Cleveland County is $38,352 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Cleveland County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 76.7 71.9
Black or African American 20.7 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.5
Asian 0.9 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 39.3 59.8
2008 40.0 60.0
2004 61.4 38.3
2000 58.2 41.1

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.[4]


The superintendent for Cleveland County Schools is Dr. Bruce Boyles. He has been with the district since 2007. He previously worked for Mooresville Graded School District.[5]

School board

The Cleveland County Schools board of education consists of nine members that serve four year terms. All members are elected at-large.[6]

Cleveland County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Jack Hamrick At-large 2015
Donnie Thurman, Jr. At-large 2017
Kathy Falls At-large 2017
Phillip Glover At-Large 2017
Richard Hooker At-Large 2015
Shearra Miller At-Large 2015
Danny Blanton At-Large 2013
Jerry Hoyle At-Large 2015
Roger Harris At-Large 2015

School board elections

See also: Cleveland County Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Cleveland County Schools board of education are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Fiveseats are up for election in November 2015 and four are up for election in November 2017.


Cleveland County Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

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 $120,664,848 79.1% $0 0% $31,489,086 20.6% $0 0% $390,554 0.3% $152,544,488
Averages: $120,664,848 79% $0 0% $31,489,086 21% $0 0% $390,554 0% $152,544,488

Teacher salaries

The following table demonstrates the salary schedule for the district.[8]

Salary structure
Level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 30,635 40,326
BA+15 31,236 40,926
BA+24 31,836 41,526
MA 34,927 44,617
MA+15 35,527 45,217
MA+24 36,127 45,817

Schools in Cleveland County


Cleveland County Schools serves 15,259 students in 29 schools.

Total enrollment[9]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 15,893
2010-2011 15,626 -0.017
2011-2012 15,374 -0.016
2012-2013 15,259 -0.008

District schools

Cleveland County Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Cleveland County Schools
Bethware Elementary School
Boiling Springs Elementary School
Burns High School
Burns Middle School
Casar Elementary School
Cleveland Early College High School
Crest High School
Crest Middle School
East Elementary School
Fallston Elementary School
Graham Elementary School
Grover Elementary School
James Love Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Kings Mountain Intermediate School
Kings Mountain High School
Kings Mountain Middle School
Marion Elementary School
North Elementary School
North Shelby School
Shelby Intermediate School
Shelby High School
Shelby Middle School
Springmore Elementary School
Township Three Elementary School
Turning Point Academy
Union Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
West Elementary School

Academic performance

Cleveland County Schools has lower SAT averages than North Carolina overall. In 2012, the district average for 1600 and 2400 SAT raw scores were 978 and 1424 respectively while the state averages were 997 and 1469.[11] With a district average of 17.9, the mean ACT score for 2012 was lower than the state average score of 18.2.[12]

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. Fifteen out 29 schools in the Cleveland County school district met the AYP in North Carolina from 2010-2011.[13]



Cleveland County Schools faced budgetary issues prior to the 2013-2014 school year. As of June 2013, the district did not have a budget plan for the upcoming school year. The district was waiting for state fund allocations to be made. The board had to passed an interim budget that mirrored the 2012-2013 school year budget until they received final numbers from the state.[14] The North Carolina Assembly approved a preliminary budget in July that would result in a number of spending cuts, including up to 55 instructional positions, 45 teacher assistant positions, and additional cuts to textbook and instructional material funding.[15]

Contact information

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400 West Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: (704) 476-8000

Website evaluation

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Elected Officials
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Contracts P
Audits Y
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Public Records Y
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Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

This website was last evaluated in March 2014.

The good

  • Tax information is included in the district's annual financial reports.[16]
  • The current year budget is available, as are budget for past years.[17]
  • School board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are available.[18][19]
  • Email addresses are provided for elected school board members.[20]
  • Contact information is available for administrative officials.[21]
  • Information regarding current bids and proposals is available.[22]
  • Information about public records requests is available, and a contact person is identified.[23]
  • Independent audit reports are included in the district's annual financial reports.[16]
  • Information pertaining to the district's academic performance is available.[24][25]
  • Information on background checks, including the background check authorization form, is available.[26]

The bad

  • The district does not appear to post information about awarded contracts to vendors for over $10,000.

See also

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 16, 2013"
  3. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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  6. "Cleveland County Schools," "Board of Education," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Cleveland County Schools, "Superintendent’s Proposed Budget 2013-2014," accessed December 3, 2013
  9. "Cleveland County Schools," "Membership Data," accessed September 17, 2013
  10. "Cleveland County Schools," "Schools," accessed September 17, 2013
  11. "Public Schools of North Carolina," "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT, " accessed September 11, 2013
  12. "Public Schools of North Carolina," "ACT Results," accessed September 11, 2013
  13. "Public Schools of North Carolina," "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed September 11, 2013
  14. "Gaston Gazette," "Cleveland Schools adopt interim budget plan," accessed September 17, 2013
  15. "," "Superintendent: 'This is not a good budget'," accessed September 17, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Cleveland County Schools, "2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report," accessed March 31, 2014
  17. Cleveland County Schools, "Finance Forms and Files," accessed March 31, 2014
  18. Cleveland County Schools, "2013-2014 Meetings Schedule," accessed March 31, 2014
  19. Cleveland County Schools, "Board of Education Meetings Hub," accessed March 31, 2014
  20. Cleveland County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed March 31, 2014
  21. Cleveland County Schools, "Administration," accessed March 31, 2014
  22. Cleveland County Schools, "Bids and Proposals," accessed March 31, 2014
  23. Cleveland County Schools, "Public Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  24. Cleveland County Schools, "NC Report Card Information," accessed March 31, 2014
  25. Cleveland County Schools, "Testing Department," accessed March 31, 2014
  26. Cleveland County Schools, "Authorization for Release," accessed March 31, 2014