Forsyth County Schools, Georgia
|Forsyth County Schools|
|Forsyth County, Georgia|
|Graduation rate:||87.78 percent|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Darla Light|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Forsyth County Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtForsyth County, Georgia. The county seat of Forsyth County is Cumming, Georgia. Forsyth County is home to 195,405 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Forsyth County Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Georgia.
Forsyth County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.3 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $87,585 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Forsyth County (%)||Georgia (%)|
|Black or African American||3.1||31.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5||0.5|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||1.4||1.8|
|Hispanic or Latino||9.6||9.2|
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.
The superintendent of Forsyth County Schools is Jeff Bearden. He was appointed to the position beginning on September 2, 2014. His predecessor was an interim superintendent, Keith Porter.
The Forsyth County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district.
School board elections
- See also: Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)
Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are 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 last revised in 2009:
The Board welcomes and encourages citizens to attend its meetings to understand the role of the Board and the operations of the Forsyth County School System, and to speak on educational issues or concerns.
During regular Board meetings, a specific portion of the meeting agenda may be set aside to allow comments by members of the public. For scheduling purposes, prospective speakers with non-agenda related items must sign-up by noon, two business days prior to the regular Board meeting date with the Clerk of the Board. Prospective speakers with agenda related items may sign-up with the Clerk of the Board up until 15 minutes prior to the start time of the regular Board meeting. The Board may also call special meetings solely for the purpose of public participation and comment.
To guarantee an orderly meeting and to ensure that as many people as possible have an opportunity to speak during public participation, the Board has the following procedures:
The Chairman of the Board is responsible for enforcing this policy and speakers who are found in violation will have their allotted speaking time immediately concluded.
By reading and acknowledging acceptance prior to speaking during public participation, speakers attest that they understand and will abide by this policy. Failure to abide by this policy may result in forfeiture of the right to participate in future Board meetings.
—Forsyth County Schools website, (2014) 
The table below displays the budget for Forsyth 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|
Teacher salaries at Forsyth County Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Forsyth County Schools
The district served 37,262 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 20.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Forsyth County Schools operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Forsyth County Schools|
|Big Creek Elementary|
|Coal Mountain Elementary|
|Daves Creek Elementary|
|Forsyth Academy/Academy at Night|
|Forsyth Central High|
|Haw Creek Elementary|
|iAchieve Virtual Academy|
|Johns Creek Elementary|
|Kelly Mill Elementary|
|Little Mill Middle|
|North Forsyth High|
|North Forsyth Middle|
|Piney Grove Middle|
|Settles Bridge Elementary|
|Shiloh Point Elementary|
|Silver City Elementary|
|South Forsyth High|
|South Forsyth Middle|
|Vickery Creek Elementary|
|Vickery Creek Middle|
|West Forsyth High|
The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:
- List of school districts in Georgia
- Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Forsyth County Schools
- Forsyth County, Georgia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia School Boards Association
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 20, 2013
- Georgia Department of Education, "2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 30, 2014
- Forsyth County Schools, "District Awards and Honors," accessed July 1, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Forsyth County, Georgia," accessed May 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- Forsyth County Schools, "Superintendent," accessed July 1, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Forsyth County Schools, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," August 20, 2009
- Forsyth County Schools, "FY 2014 Budget," accessed June 20, 2013
- Forsyth County Schools, "2013-2014 Salary Schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
- Forsyth County Schools, "Schools," accessed July 1, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed June 27, 2014