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Coweta County School System
Coweta County, Georgia
Coweta County School System logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Steve Barker
Enrollment:22,346 students
Graduation rate:87.4%[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $176.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Winston Dowdell
Board members:7
Term length:4
Coweta County School System is a school district in Georgia that serves Coweta County. It is the 19th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 22,346 students in 32 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $172.3 million.[2]

About the district

Coweta County School System is located in Coweta County, Georgia
Coweta County School System is located in Coweta County, Georgia. The county seat of Coweta County is Newnan. Coweta County is home to 127,317 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Coweta County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and overperformed in terms of median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.1 percent of Coweta 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 Coweta County was $60,675 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Coweta County was 11.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Coweta County (%) Georgia (%)
White 78.1 62.8
Black or African American 17.9 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.7 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 27.3 71.4 1.3
2008 28.9 70.3 0.8
2004 25.0 74.5 0.5
2000 29.1 68.3 2.6

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]


The superintendent of Coweta County School System is Dr. Steve Barker, who was appointed to the position on April 1, 2011. During the span of his 20-year career, Barker has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. He has his bachelor's degree in education from Shorter College, his master's degree from the State University of West Georgia and his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.[5]

School board

The Coweta County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board consisting of seven members elected to four-year terms. Five memberes serve by geographic district and two members serve countywide.[6]

Coweta County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Amy Dees District 1 2014
Sue Brown District 2 2016
Harry Mullins District 3 2014
Graylin Ward District 4 2014
Winston Dowdell District 5 2016
Frank Farmer At-large 2016
Larry Robertson At-large 2014

School board elections

See also: Coweta County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats 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 2012:

In order to improve communication between the Board of Education (BOE) and the citizens of Coweta County, the BOE encourages citizens to attend regularly scheduled board meetings and speak on matters of general public education concerns.

Forty-five minutes will be set aside for this purpose at each BOE meeting.

To guarantee an orderly meeting and to ensure that as many people as possible have an opportunity to speak, the BOE has implemented the following rules regarding public comment.

1. Each speaker will be limited to 3 minutes. The BOE will listen to each presentation without comment. After the presentation is made, each board member may respond if he/she wishes to, for a period no longer that one minute each.

2. Only citizens of Coweta County or employees of the Coweta County School System may speak in the public comment portion of the meeting.

3. No grievances will be heard concerning any specific personnel action or any specific county employee except through the grievance procedure set forth in the Board's Personnel Policy.

4. No one will be allowed to discuss any matter involving threatened or pending litigation with the BOE during the public comment portion of the meeting.

5. In the need to preserve order in the meeting, no person attending the meeting will be allowed to boo, hiss, cheer, clap or otherwise show approval/disapproval for any speaker in any manner whatsoever.

6. No signs or placards advocating any action or position will be allowed at the meeting.

7. No personal attacks on any person will be allowed.

8. The chairman of the Board is responsible for enforcing these rules.

9. No citizen or system employee will be retaliated against, in any manner whatsoever, for speaking on matters of public concern at the BOE meeting.

10. Any person not recognized, within the allotted time period for public comment, will be rescheduled to speak at the next meeting.

11. Requests to speak during the public comment portion of a meeting must be received, at the Board of Education office, no later than 3 hours prior to that meeting being called to order.[7]

—Coweta County School System's website, (2012), [8]


The Coweta County School System's budget is published on the Georgia Department of Education's website.[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
2011-2012 $137,669,558 80.6% $9,296,283 5.4% $14,350,123 8.4% $0 0% $9,505,953 5.6% $170,821,921
2012-2013 $137,861,546 80% $9,603,838 5.6% $14,052,491 8.2% $0 0% $10,755,034 6.2% $172,272,913
Averages: $137,765,552 80% $9,450,060.5 6% $14,201,307 8% $0 0% $10,130,493.5 6% $171,547,417

Teacher salaries

Coweta 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 Coweta County School System


The district served 22,346 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.9 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 22,138 N/A
2009-2010 22,501 1.6
2010-2011 22,438 -0.3
2011-2012 22,527 0.4
2012-2013 22,674 0.7
2013-2014 22,346 -1.4

District schools

Coweta County School System operates x schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Coweta County School System Schools
School Name
Alternative High School
Alternative Middle School
Amco-Sargent Elementary School
Arbor Springs Elementary School
Arnall Middle School
Atkinson Elementary School
Brooks Elementary School
Canongate Elementary School
Central Educational Center
Eastside Elementary School
East Coweta High School
East Coweta Middle School
Elm Street Elementary School
Evans Middle School
Glanton Elementary School
Jefferson Parkway Elementary School
Lee Middle School
Madras Middle School
Moreland Elementary School
Newnan Crossing Elementary School
Newnan High School
Northgate High School
Northside Elementary School
Poplar Road Elementary School
Ruth Hill Elementary School
Smokey Road Middle School
Thomas Crossroads Elementary School
Welch Elementary School
Western Elementary School
Westside/Burwell Elementary School
White Oak Elementary School
Willis Road 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:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 94.2
3 ELA 92.1
3 Math 84.9
3 Science 82.6
3 Social Science 89.3
4 Reading 94.9
4 ELA 90.2
4 Math 83.1
4 Science 84.9
4 Social Science 83.7
5 Reading 96.0
5 ELA 96.0
5 Math 90.3
5 Science 86.4
5 Social Science 83.2

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 98.4
6 ELA 94.4
6 Math 91.2
6 Science 81.8
6 Social Science 87.3
7 Reading 96.7
7 ELA 94.8
7 Math 93.0
7 Science 88.6
7 Social Science 86.6
8 Reading 98.1
8 ELA 96.3
8 Math 88.2
8 Science 85.1
8 Social Science 86.7

Contact information

Coweta County School System logo.jpeg
Coweta County School System
27 Jackson Street
Newnan, GA 30263
Phone: (770) 254-2800

See also

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