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Darlington County School District, South Carolina

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Darlington County School District
Darlington County, South Carolina
Darlington County School District logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Eddie Ingram
Enrollment:10,372 students
Graduation rate:78.2%[1]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $71.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Warren Jeffords
Board members:8
Term length:4
Darlington County School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Darlington County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Darlington County School District was the 21st-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 10,372 students in 22 schools with an operating budget of $71.9 million.[2]

About the district

Darlington County School District is located in Darlington County, South Carolina.
Darlington County School District is located in Darlington County, South Carolina. The county seat of Darlington County is Darlington. Darlington County is home to 68,681 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Darlington County underperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.0 percent of Darlington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Darlington County was $37,490 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Darlington County was 22.3 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Darlington County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 56.7 68.3
Black or African American 41.3 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 0.5 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Darlington County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 15,457 14,434
2008 14,505 14,544
2004 11,829 13,416
2000 10,253 11,290

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 Darlington County School District is Dr. Eddie Ingram, who was appointed to the position in 2013. Prior to this role, he served as superintendent of Franklin County Schools in North Carolina. He has also served as a teacher, an elementary and high school principal, an executive director for curriculum and instruction, an executive director for secondary instruction, a personnel director and a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. He has an associate's degree from the College of Albemarle, a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University, a master's degree from East Carolina University and a doctorate of education degree from East Carolina University.[5]

School board

The Darlington County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic area.[6]

Darlington County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Tom Henson District 1 2014
Connell Delaine District 2 2016
Joyce Wingate Thomas District 3 2014
Warren Jeffords District 4 2016
Tommy Jeffords District 5 2014
Charles Govan District 6 2016
Allen McCutchen District 7 2014
Jamie Morphis, III District 8 2016

School board elections

See also: Darlington County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Four 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 on its website:

The first thirty minutes of the board meeting will be set aside as a time for hearing from the public, unless otherwise designated. During this time, any citizen who wishes to speak will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes during this thirty minutes. Speakers will be allotted time to address the board on a first-come, first-served basis as recorded on a log provided prior to the meeting. Speakers' comments will be received only as board information.

Public input should be in the form of suggestions, information, or comments pertaining to the programs, schools, or the school district. Based on legal advise of our counsel, comments should not be made, either complimentary or critical, naming any students, school employee, administrators, or board members as these matters are personnel matters that require an executive session. Speakers' comments will be received only as board information.[7]

—Darlington County School District's website, (2014) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Darlington County School District:[2][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 $53,160,107 86.4% $3,252,987 5.3% $4,112,706 6.7% $0.00 0% $999,970 1.6% $61,529,570
2012-2013 $59,322,386 86.7% $3,494,867 5.1% $4,120,694 6% $0.00 0% $1,514,821 2.2% $68,452,768
2013-2014 $40,178,130 55.9% $0.00 0% $31,730,952 44.1% $0.00 0% $2,501 0% $71,911,583
Averages: $50,886,874.33 76% $2,249,284.67 3% $13,321,450.67 20% $0 0% $839,097.33 1% $67,297,973.67

Teacher salaries

Darlington County teacher salaries are based on years of experience and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 32,406 50,243
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 33,863 51,947
Master's degree 37,105 56,817
Master's degree + 30 hours 40,345 60,222
Doctorate 43,545 69,419

Schools in Darlington County School District


The district served 10,372 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.5 percent decrease in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 10,633 N/A
2010-2011 10,384 -2.3
2011-2012 10,372 -0.1

District schools

Darlington County School District operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Darlington County School District Schools
School Name
Brockington Elementary School
Brunson-Dargan Elementary School
Cain Elementary School
Carolina Elementary School
Darlington County Institute Of Technology
Darlington High School
Darlington Middle School
Hartsville High School
Hartsville Middle School
Lamar Elementary School
Lamar High School
Mayo High School For Math, Science, & Technology
North Hartsville Elementary School
Pate Elementary School
Rosenwald Elementary School-Middle School
Southside Early Childhood Education Center
Spaulding Elementary School
Spaulding Middle School
St. Johns Elementary School
Thornwell School for the Arts
Washington St. Elementary School
West Hartsville Elementary School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[14]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 70.4 36.7
Math 68.5 28.9
Science 69.9 25.9
Social Studies 75.1 36.0
Writing 68.5 28.6

Contact information

Darlington County School District logo.jpeg
Darlington County School District
120 E. Smith Avenue
Darlington, SC 29532
Phone: (843) 398-5100

See also

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