Etowah County School System, Alabama

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Etowah County School System
Gadsden, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Alan Cosby
Enrollment:8,963 students
Graduation rate:88%[1]
Number of schools:23
Budget: $74.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Danny Golden
Board members:7
Term length:6
Etowah County Schools is a school district in Alabama that served 8,963 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the 18th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Etowah County School System is located in Etowah County, Alabama
Etowah County School System is located in Etowah County, Alabama. Etowah County is home to 103,931 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Etowah County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 15.2 percent of Etowah County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Etowah County was $37,660 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Etowah County was 18.8 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Etowah County (%) Alabama (%)
White 81.4 70.0
Black or African American 15.5 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.7
Asian 0.8 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 63.3 30.0 0.7
2008 68.4 30.2 1.4
2004 63.3 35.9 0.8

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.[6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Etowah County Schools is Dr. Alan Cosby. Serving in the position since 2010, Cosby is a lifelong resident of Etowah County.[7] On March 13, 2014, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the Alabama Community Education Association.[8]

School board

The Etowah County School System is overseen by a seven-member board elected by geographic electoral districts to six-year terms.

Etowah County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Tim Womack 1 2008 2020
Scarlett Rains Farley 2 2020
Todd Hindsman 3 2013 2020
Ernie Payne 4 1998 2016
Doug Sherrod 5 2010 2016
Danny Golden 6 1994 2018
Tim Langdale 7 2012 2018

School board elections

See also: Etowah County School System elections (2014)

Members of the Etowah County school board are elected to six-year terms. Elections are held each even year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Etowah County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

VII. Participation Procedure
A. All citizens are encouraged to attend open meetings of the Etowah County Board of Education.

B. Addressing the Board

Persons wishing to address the Board should indicate their desire to speak when the public comments portion of the meeting is announced. The Board President has the option to limit the speakers time and determines the placement of the speaker on the meeting agenda.[9]

—Etowah County School System website, (2014), [10]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for the Etowah County School System:[11][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
2012-2013 $41,051,482.00 48.1% $11,154,577.64 13.1% $5,032,366.34 5.9% $4,092,240.81 4.8% $16,823,427.00 19.7% $85,371,703.62
2014-2015 $39,849,806.00 53.3% $11,757,897.00 15.7% $4,706,080.00 6.3% $4,897,140.13 6.6% $13,491,317.57 18.1% $74,702,240.70
Averages: $80,901,288 51% $22,912,474.64 14% $9,738,446.34 6% $8,989,380.94 6% $30,314,744.57 19% $160,073,944.32

Teacher Salaries

Etowah County Schools employed 603 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] These charts detail teacher salaries according to the 2013-2014 teacher salary schedule.[13]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 36,869 46,917
MS 42,398 53,792
AA/6Y 45,715 57,916
DOC 49,034 62,042
Salary structure 192 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 37,855 48,172
MS 43,532 55,230
AA/6Y 46,937 59,465
DOC 50,346 63,701
Salary structure 202 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 39,826 50,681
MS 45,799 58,107
AA/6Y 49,382 62,562
DOC 52,968 67,019
Salary structure 212 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 41,799 53,189
MS 48,066 60,983
AA/6Y 51,827 65,659
DOC 55,589 70,336
Salary structure 222 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 43,770 55,698
MS 50,333 63,860
AA/6Y 54,271 68,756
DOC 58,212 73,654
Salary structure 240 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 47,319 60,215
MS 54,415 69,038
AA/6Y 58,672 74,331
DOC 61,704 78,072

Schools in Etowah County

Enrollment

Etowah County served 8,963 students in 23 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has experienced a decrease in enrollment in recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 8,884
2005-2006 9,053 1.9
2006-2007 9,084 0.3
2007-2008 9,225 1.5
2008-2009 9,199 -0.3
2009-2010 9,251 0.5
2010-2011 9,296 0.5
2011-2012 9,284 -0.1
2012-2013 9,138 -1.6
2013-2014 8,963 -2.0

District schools

Etowah County operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[15][16]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[17]

Contact information

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Etowah County Schools
3200 West Meighan Blvd.
Gadsden, AL 35904
Phone: 256-549-7560
Fax: 256-549-7582

See also

External links

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References

  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 19, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Etowah County School District," accessed November 19, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Etowah County, Alabama," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed May 22, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Gadsden Times, "Cosby named state superintendent of the year," March 16, 2014
  8. Gadsden Messenger, "Cosby named ACES Superintendent of the Year," March 14, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Etowah County Schools, "ECS Board Policy Manual," accessed November 19, 2014
  11. Etowah County School System, "2014 Original Budget, accessed December 9, 2013 (dead link)
  12. Etowah County Schools, "2015 ECS Budget," accessed December 8, 2014
  13. Etowah County Schools, "Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed November 19, 2014
  14. National Center for Education Statistics, "Schools in Etowah County, Alabama," accessed November 19, 2014 (timed out)
  15. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  16. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  17. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014