Davidson County Schools, North Carolina
|Davidson County Schools|
|Lexington, North Carolina|
|Number of schools:||35|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Carol Crouse|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Davidson County
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtDavidson County, North Carolina. The county seat of Davidson County is Lexington. Davidson County is home to 163,420 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Davidson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.2 percent of Davidson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Davidson County was $44,318 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Davidson County was 15.2 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.
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.
The superintendent of Davidson County Schools is Dr. Lory Morrow. The board of education unanimously appointed her on December 2, 2013, and she officially took over the role on January 1, 2014. Morrow first entered the educational field in 1989 as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte. Since then she has served as a literacy facilitator and assistant principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, principal of Northview Elementary School in Iredell-Statesville Schools, principal of Third Creek Elementary School, area director of the North Learning Community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Deputy Superintendent of Instruction of Gaston County Schools.
Morrow earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a master's and doctorate from Gardner Webb University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents and SUPES Academy Leadership Institute for Superintendents.
Davidson County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.
|Davidson County School Board|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Carol Burkhart Crouse||2002||2014|
School board elections
- See also: Davidson County Schools elections (2014)
Members of the Davidson County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Davidson County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||1.5 REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
1. The board of education welcomes any interested citizen who desires to address the board at a regular meeting for the purpose of presenting information of general public concern regarding matters relating to the public schools of the Davidson County Administrative Unit. A 30-minute portion of each regular meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board on such matters. Each group or individual presenter will be limited to five (5) minutes. Groups are asked to elect one (1) spokesperson to address the board. Individuals or groups will be heard in the order in which their requests were made. Individuals or groups falling outside the allocated thirty (30)-minute time period may be asked to reschedule their appearance for the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
2. Board members will not respond to individuals or groups who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.
3. Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.
4. Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.7.
5. By Petition:
6. Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or for facility or to the Superintendent. The Superintendent or designee shall make available this policy and board policy 6.39, Student and Parent Grievance Procedure to any individual or group submitting a complaint.
—Davidson County Schools website, (2014), 
The table below displays the budget for Davidson County Schools:
|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|
Davidson County Schools employed 1,199 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.
The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|Bachelor's + NBPTS||36,960||56,000|
|Master's + NBPTS||40,260||61,000|
|6-Year + NBPTS||41,520||62,260|
|Doctoral + NBPTS||42,790||63,530|
Schools in Davidson County
Davidson County schools served 20,338 students in 35 schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not provide historical enrollment data.
Davidson County Schools operates 35 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Davidson County Schools|
|Brier Creek Elementary|
|Central Davidson High|
|Central Davidson Middle|
|Davidson County High School|
|Davidson Early College|
|E. Lawson Brown Middle|
|East Davidson High|
|Fair Grove Elementary|
|Ledford Senior High|
|North Davidson High|
|North Davidson Middle|
|Oak Grove Middle|
|Silver Valley Elementary|
|South Davidson High|
|South Davidson Middle|
|West Davidson High|
|Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy|
North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area." Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.
The following table displays composite test results for all students in Davidson County Schools who took all tests:
- Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
|Year||# At or Above Level III||# Valid Scores||% At or Above Level III|
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- Davidson County Schools elections (2014)
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- North Carolina Association of Educators
- Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina
- Davidson County, North Carolina
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- North Carolina School Boards Association
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Davidson County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Davidson County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Davidson County, North Carolina," accessed August 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Dr. Lory Morrow," accessed November 28, 2014
- The Dispatch, "Dr. Lory Morrow is new Davidson County superintendent," December 2, 2013
- Davidson County Schools, "Superintendent's Biography," accessed November 28, 2014
- Davidson County Schools, "Board Members," accessed November 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Davidson County Schools, "School Board Policy Manual Section One: Board of Education," accessed November 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
- Davidson County Schools, "About us," accessed November 30, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Schools in Davidson County Schools," accessed November 30, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014
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