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Davidson County Schools, North Carolina

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Davidson County Schools
Lexington, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lory Morrow
Enrollment:20,338 students
Graduation rate:85.1%[1]
Number of schools:35
Budget: $160.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Carol Crouse
Board members:5
Term length:4
Davidson County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 20,338 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 19th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Davidson County Schools is located in Davidson County, North Carolina
Davidson County Schools is located in Davidson 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Davidson County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 87.1 71.7
Black or African American 9.3 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.6
Asian 1.4 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.6 8.9

Davidson County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 47,740 46.0
Democratic 30,018 28.9
Libertarian 351 0.3
Unaffiliated 25,654 24.7

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.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


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.[6][7]

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.[8]

School board

Davidson County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.[9]

Davidson County School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Carol Burkhart Crouse 2002 2014
Jeannie Leonard 2010 2014
Alan Beck 2000 2016
Vicki Trail 2013 2016
Phillip Craver 2012 2016

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. 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:
Petitioners may appear before the Board only if a written request is made. This written request must be made prior to the scheduled start of the regular Monday meeting of the Board in accordance with the notification requirements below. Information required in advance of all petitioners requesting to appear before the Board shall include:
(a) Name and address of the individual or representative spokesperson for the group.
(b) The number of people expected if a delegation in addition to the speaker is expected.

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.[10]

—Davidson County Schools website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Davidson County Schools:[12]

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
2010-2011 $132,817,000 82.8% $6,847,000 4.3% $14,598,000 9.1% $5,542,000 3.5% $564,000 0.4% $160,368,000
Averages: $132,817,000 83% $6,847,000 4% $14,598,000 9% $5,542,000 3% $564,000 0% $160,368,000

Teacher salaries

Davidson County Schools employed 1,199 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

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.[13][14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
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.[15]

District schools

Davidson County Schools operates 35 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Academic performance

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."[17] 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:[18]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 4,264 4,966 85.9%
2012-2013 2,145 4,788 44.8%

Contact information

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Davidson County Schools
250 County School Road
Lexington, NC 27292
Phone: 336-249-8182
Fax: 336-249-1062

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Davidson County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Davidson County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Davidson County, North Carolina," accessed August 14, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. LinkedIn, "Dr. Lory Morrow," accessed November 28, 2014
  7. The Dispatch, "Dr. Lory Morrow is new Davidson County superintendent," December 2, 2013
  8. Davidson County Schools, "Superintendent's Biography," accessed November 28, 2014
  9. Davidson County Schools, "Board Members," accessed November 28, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Davidson County Schools, "School Board Policy Manual Section One: Board of Education," accessed November 28, 2014
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Davidson County Schools, "About us," accessed November 30, 2014
  16. National Center for Education Statistics, "Schools in Davidson County Schools," accessed November 30, 2014
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014