Colquitt County Schools, Georgia

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Colquitt County Schools
Colquitt County, Georgia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Samuel A. DePaul
Graduation rate:78.3%[1]
Number of schools:13
Budget: $75.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Patricia H. Anderson
Board members:6
Term length:4
Colquitt County Schools is a school district in Georgia. It is the 40th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 9,587 students in 13 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $75.6 million.[2]

About the district

Colquitt County Schools is located in Colquitt County, Georgia
Colquitt County Schools is located in Colquitt County, Georgia. Colquitt County is home to 46,275 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Colquitt County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.3 percent of Colquitt 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 Colquitt County was $33,186 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Colquitt County was 25.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Colquitt County (%) Georgia (%)
White 73.4 62.8
Black or African American 23.3 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 0.5
Asian 0.8 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 17.8 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Colquitt County[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 44.5 54.4 0.8
2008 52.2 47.0 0.8
2004 41.4 58.0 0.6
2000 43.2 55.0 1.8

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.[5][6]


The superintendent of Colquitt County Schools is Samuel A. DePaul. He has held the position since 2012. Prior to accepting the position in Georgia, he served as a superintendent in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for 26 years.[7]

School board

The Colquitt County school board is composed of six members serving four-year terms.[8]

Colquitt County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Trudie Hill District 1 2014
Bobbie Key District 2 2016
Mary Beth Watson District 3 2016
Roy Reeves District 4 2014
Patricia H. Anderson District 5 2014
Kevin Sumner At-large Post 6 2016

School board elections

See also: Colquitt County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Colquitt County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation at board meetings

The board does not maintain publicly available guidelines for public participation in board meetings as of June 26, 2014.


The table below displays the budget for Colquitt County Schools:[9]

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 $54,424,034.06 72.9% $4,191,887.12 5.6% $6,655,110.93 8.9% $0.00 0% $9,353,611.73 12.5% $74,624,643.84
2013-2014 $60,826,089.85 80.5% $4,499,631.24 6% $6,888,301.95 9.1% $0.00 0% $3,351,528.99 4.4% $75,565,552.03
Averages: $57,625,061.96 77% $4,345,759.18 6% $6,771,706.44 9% $0 0% $6,352,570.36 8% $75,095,097.94

Teacher salaries

Colquitt 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:[10]

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 Colquitt County Schools


The district served 9,587 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced an 8.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 8,863 NA
2009-2010 9,025 1.8
2010-2011 9,219 2.1
2011-2012 9,351 1.4
2012-2013 9,474 1.3
2013-2014 9,587 1.1

District schools

Colquitt County Schools operates 13 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Colquitt County Schools
School Name
C. A. Gray Junior High School
Colquitt County High School
Cox Elementary School
Doerun Elementary School
Funston Elementary School
Hamilton Elementary School
Norman Park Elementary School
Odom Elementary School
Okapilco Elementary School
Stringfellow Elementary School
Sunset Elementary School
Willie J. Williams Middle School
Wright Elementary School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Georgia, a district meets AYP standards if they have 95 percent test participation, academic performance (Annual Measurable Objective) and a second indicator of either attendance rate or graduation rate. Colquitt County Schools did not meet AYP in 2010 and 2011.[13]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2010 2011
Test participation Y
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Academic performance Y
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Second indicator Y
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AYP Group Status N
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Principal resignation

In May 2014, the Colquitt County NAACP chapter said that Dr. Thelma Jackson, the principal at Charlie A. Gray Junior High, was asked to step down from her post. They said she was asked to resign after teachers at the school felt she lacked good communication and was too tough in some instances. The NAACP chapter held a public meeting in early May 2014 to ask for the community's support in fighting to keep Dr. Jackson's job. Both members of the NAACP and the Concerned Citizens of Colquitt County attended the May school board meeting in Jackson's defense. School officials and board members said that they could not discuss Jackson’s resignation because it involved a personnel matter.[14][15] In June 2014, the board of education appointed Frederick Smith as the new school principal.[16]

Contact information

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Colquitt County Schools

710 28th Avenue SE
Moultrie, GA 31768

Phone: (229) 890-6200

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Georgia Department of Education, "2013 4-year Cohort Graduation Rates," accessed June 19, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Colquitt County, Georgia," accessed May 11, 2014
  4. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed May 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. WALB 10 News, "New Colquitt Co. school superintendent welcomed," August 5, 2012
  8. Colquitt County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 19, 2014
  9. Georgia Department of Education, "Expenditure Report: Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Data Collection System," accessed December 10, 2014
  10. Georgia Department of Education, "State Salary Schedule," accessed June 18, 2014
  11. Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed June 19, 2014
  12. Colquitt County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 19, 2014
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "Colquitt County Schools," access June 18, 2014
  14. Fox 31, "Colquitt County principal asked to resign," May 5, 2014
  15. The Moultrie Observer, "C.A. Gray principal Thelma Jackson resigns," May 13, 2014
  16. The Moultrie Observer, "School board names new principal for C.A. Gray," June 12, 2014 (dead link)