Dorchester School District Two, South Carolina

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Dorchester School District Two
Dorchester County, South Carolina
Dorchester School District Two logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Joe Pye
Enrollment:22,825 students
Graduation rate:88.9%[1]
Number of schools:21
Budget: $166.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Gail Hughes
Board members:7
Term length:4
Dorchester School District Two is a school district in South Carolina that serves Dorchester County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Dorchester School District Two was the eighth-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 22,825 students in 21 schools with an operating budget of $166.5 million.[2]

About the district

Dorchester School District Two is located in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
Dorchester School District Two is located in Dorchester County, South Carolina. The county seat of Dorchester County is Dorchester. Dorchester County is home to 136,555 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Dorchester 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 24.2 percent of Dorchester 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 Dorchester County was $54,912 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Dorchester County was 11.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Dorchester County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 68.9 68.3
Black or African American 26.0 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Dorchester County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 23,445 32,531
2008 21,806 29,929
2004 14,733 26,006
2000 12,168 20,734

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.[4][5]


The superintendent of Dorchester School District Two is Joe Pye, who was appointed to the position in 1999. His annual salary in 2011 was reportedly $159,074. He has been an employee of the district for 41 years. He was named state Superintendent of the Year in 2011 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.[6]

School board

The Dorchester Two Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. They serve the district at-large.[7]

Dorchester Two Board of Education
Member Role Term Ends
Gail Hughes Chair 2018
Tanya Robinson Secretary 2018
Sam Clark Member 2016
Barbara Crosby Member 2016
Justin Farnsworth Member 2018
Brian Mitchum Member 2018
Lisa Tupper Member 2016

School board elections

See also: Dorchester School District Two elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Three 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 adopted in 2001:

Purpose: To establish the board's vision for school-parent-community relations.

The district will involve all segments of our community in accomplishing our goals and mission.

The board believes the following:

The public schools belong to the people who created them by consent and support them by taxation.

The schools are only as strong as the support afforded them by an intelligent and informed community.

The support of the people must be based upon their knowledge of, their understanding about and their participation in the aims and efforts of the schools.

The education of students is best served through the cooperative efforts of students, parents, district staff and community members.

Parents should be active participants in education by demonstrating interest in and support for their school and the district, by becoming informed about their role as partners in education and by becoming involved in the education of their children.

Community members should assist in the development of responsible citizens through appropriate involvement in the education of children.

In support of these beliefs, the district will encourage support of effective partnerships among schools, parents, community and business. Such partnerships contribute to the education of students in our district.[8]

—South Carolina School Boards Association's website, (2001) [9]


The Dorchester School District Two's budget is published on its website.[2]

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
2013-2014 $100,976,052 63.8% $12,943,135 8.2% $40,886,097 25.8% $1,168,789 0.7% $2,404,094 1.5% $158,378,167
2014-2015 $105,942,713 63.6% $13,463,693 8.1% $41,942,652 25.2% $2,625,376 1.6% $2,596,629 1.6% $166,571,063
Averages: $103,459,382.5 64% $13,203,414 8% $41,414,374.5 25% $1,897,082.5 1% $2,500,361.5 2% $162,474,615

Teacher salaries

Dorchester Two 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 2014-2015 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 34,721 54,455
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 35,400 55,713
Master's degree 37,603 60,981
Master's degree + 30 hours 40,689 64,569
Doctorate 43,383 74,788

Schools in Dorchester School District Two


The district served 22,825 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.2 percent increase 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 21,903 N/A
2010-2011 22,340 2.0
2011-2012 22,825 2.2

District schools

Dorchester School District Two operates 21 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Dorchester School District Two Schools
School Name
Alston Middle School
Ashley Ridge High School
Beech Hill Elementary School
Charles B. DuBose Middle School
Eagle Nest Elementary School
Flowertown Elementary School
Fort Dorchester Elementary School
Fort Dorchester High School
Gregg Middle School
James H. Spann Elementary School
Joseph R. Pye Elementary School
Knightsville Elementary School
Newington Elementary School
Oakbrook Elementary School
Oakbrook Middle School
River Oaks Middle School
Rollings Middle School School of the Arts
Summerville Elementary School
Summerville High School
William M. Reeves Elementary School
Windsor Hill Arts Infused 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 82.1 52.9
Math 81.0 46.1
Science 77.8 33.8
Social Studies 84.8 50.1
Writing 83.0 46.4

Contact information

Dorchester School District Two logo.png
Dorchester School District Two
102 Green Wave Boulevard
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: (843) 873-2901

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Dorchester County, South Carolina," accessed July 30, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dorchester School District Two, "Budget and Audit," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. The Post and Courier, "Dorchester 2 Superintendent Joe Pye earns high marks," August 5, 2011
  7. Dorchester School District Two, "Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees," accessed November 21, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. SCSBA Policies Online, "School-Parent-Community Relations Goals/Priority Objectives," April 23, 2001
  10. Dorchester School District Two, "Annual Classroom Teacher's Salary Schedule," accessed November 21, 2014
  11. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  12. South Carolina Department of Education, "Dorchester School District Two," accessed November 20, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scores