Florence Public School District One, South Carolina

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Florence Public School District One
Florence County, South Carolina
Florence Public School District One logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Cleo F. Richardson Jr. (Interim)
Enrollment:15,367 students
Graduation rate:82.5%[1]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $164.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Porter Stewart
Board members:9
Term length:4
Florence Public School District One is a school district in South Carolina that serves Florence County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Florence Public School District One was the 15th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 15,367 students in 26 schools.

About the district

Florence Public School District One is located in Florence County, South Carolina.
Florence Public School District One is located in Florence County, South Carolina. The county seat of Florence County is Florence. Florence County is home to 136,885 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Florence 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 21.0 percent of Florence 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 Florence County was $41,738 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Florence County was 19.9 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Florence County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 54.9 68.3
Black or African American 42.0 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.4 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.4 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Florence County[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 28,614 28,961
2008 28,012 29,861
2004 21,442 27,689
2000 17,157 23,678

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.[3][4]


The interim superintendent of Florence Public School District One is Dr. Cleo F. Richardson Jr., who was appointed to the position in mid-2014. He took over for retiring Superintendent Allie Brooks. In September 2014, the board voted unanimously to start the interview process with finalist Randy Bridges, who had previously served as a superintendent in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.[5][6] On October 9, 2014, the board made the decision to extend a contract offer to Bridges.[7] His contract became effective on January 1, 2015. Though full details have not yet been publicized, it is speculated by local journalist Tonya Brown that Bridges will earn a monthly salary of $15,000.[8]

School board

The Florence One Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic district.[9]

Florence One Board Member map.jpg
Florence One Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Barry Townsend District 1 2016
Pat Gibson-Hye Moore District 2 2016
E. J. McIver District 3 2018
Alexis D. Pipkins Sr. District 4 2016
Glenn Odom District 5 2016
Trisha C. Caulder District 6 2018
Porter Stewart District 7 2016
Terry B. Law Sr. District 8 2018
John W. McLeod District 9 2018

School board elections

See also: Florence Public School District One 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. Five seats will be on the ballot in November 2016 for Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings on its website:

A citizen wishing to address the Board may do so through Public Participation which is scheduled at each regular meeting.

The citizen must present a completed "Public Participation Card" stating the name of the individual, the name of the organization being represented, if appropriate, the address, the phone number, the purpose of the request, and the topic to be addressed.

The completed card must be submitted to the chairman or his designee prior to the opening of the meeting at 7:00 pm.

Each citizen will be given five (5) minutes to address the topic. The chairman may extend or restrict the amount of time if warranted. If more than one person wishes to address the board in the same topic, the chair may ask the group to select a representative(s) to speak for the entire group.

A citizen may provide the board with written information if he/she wishes in lieu of addressing the board or in addition to addressing the board.

Citizens are not to address personal attacks/complaints against employees of the district during open session.

Except in an emergency situation, the Board will not take any action on the request that meeting.

If necessary, the Board may place the citizen's request on the agenda of a subsequent board meeting.

The Superintendent or his designee will respond in writing to the citizen regarding the request if a response is necessary.[10]

—Florence Public School District's website, (2014) [11]


The table below displays the budget for Florence Public School District One:[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 $125,839,000 81.9% $14,626,000 9.5% $12,362,000 8% $475,000 0.3% $440,000 0.3% $153,742,000
2011-2012 $116,957,000 70.9% $15,352,000 9.3% $31,621,000 19.2% $431,000 0.3% $493,000 0.3% $164,854,000
Averages: $121,398,000 76% $14,989,000 9% $21,991,500 14% $453,000 0% $466,500 0% $159,298,000

Teacher salaries

Florence One teacher salaries are based on years of experience and educational attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 31,595 50,269
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 32,896 52,240
Master's degree 36,134 56,825
Master's degree + 30 hours 39,156 60,164
Doctorate 42,091 69,283

Schools in Florence Public School District One


The district served 15,367 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 0.8 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 15,238 N/A
2010-2011 15,349 0.7
2011-2012 15,367 0.1

District schools

Florence Public School District One operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Florence Public School District One Schools
School Name
Alfred Rush Academy
Beck Learning Center
Briggs Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
Delmae Elementary School
Dewey-Carter Elementary School
Florence Career Center
Greenwood Elementary School
Henry L. Sneed Middle School
Henry Timrod Elementary School
John W. Moore Middle School
Lucy T. Davis Elementary School
McLaurin Elementary School
North Vista Elementary School
Palmetto Youth Academy Charter
Poynor Center
Royall Elementary School
Savannah Grove Elementary School
South Florence High School
Southside Middle School
Theodore Lester Elementary School
Wallace Gregg Elementary School
West Florence High School
Williams Middle School
Wilson High 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:[16]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[17]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 74.4 39.8
Math 71.3 30.2
Science 73.0 27.9
Social Studies 76.9 34.7
Writing 77.8 36.4


2014 state report cards

A new round of state report cards released on November 14, 2014, show an improving graduation rate, with more than 80 percent of South Carolina students able to call themselves graduates. The data also rated 49 out of 82 school districts as either "good" or "excellent," which is a significant improvement from 2009 when only one South Carolina school district achieved an "excellent" rating. In Florence County, Florence Public School District One proved to be one of the county's highest performing districts, receiving an "excellent" rating for the third consecutive year. Three out of the six other districts in Florence County received either an "average" or "below average" rating. According to Dana Yow, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, South Carolina school districts "have done a really good job of focusing on that end result." The data used to compile the report cards is taken from student achievement and other related factors; graduation rate makes up 40 percent of the overall score.[18]

Contact information

Florence Public School District One logo.png
Florence Public School District One
319 South Dargan Street
Florence, SC 29506
Phone: (843) 669-4141

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Florence County, South Carolina," accessed July 30, 2014
  2. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. 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.
  5. Morning News, "Florence 1 identifies superintendent candidate," September 11, 2014
  6. Morning News, "Florence 1 names Richardson interim superintendent," May 29, 2014
  7. SC Now.com, "Florence 1 board to offer contract to superintendent candidate," October 9, 2014
  8. Carolina Live.com, "Florence school board offers contract to new superintendent," October 10, 2014
  9. Florence Public School District One, "The Florence Public School District One Board of Trustees," accessed November 21, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Florence Public School District One, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed November 21, 2014
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 10, 2014
  13. Florence Public School District One, "2014-2015 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed November 21, 2014
  14. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  15. South Carolina Department of Education, "Florence Public School District One," accessed November 20, 2014
  16. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scores
  18. SC Now, "On-time graduation rate increases again in SC," November 14, 2014