Fort Mill Schools, South Carolina

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Fort Mill Schools
York County, South Carolina
Fort Mill Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Chuck Epps
Enrollment:10,775 students
Graduation rate:87.0%[1]
Number of schools:15
Budget: $80.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:7
Term length:4
Fort Mill Schools or Fort Mill School District - York 4 is a school district in South Carolina that serves York County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Fort Mill Schools was the 18th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 10,775 students in 15 schools.[2]

About the district

Fort Mill Schools is located in York County, South Carolina.
Fort Mill Schools is located in York County, South Carolina. The county seat of York County is York. York County is home to 226,073 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


York County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.8 percent of York 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 York County was $52,571 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in York County was 13.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race York County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 76.1 68.3
Black or African American 19.4 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 1.7 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, York County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 39,131 59,546
2008 37,918 54,500
2004 24,226 45,234
2000 19,251 33,776

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 Fort Mill Schools is Dr. Chuck Epps, who was appointed to the position in December 2009. He had previously been serving as the district's associate superintendent.[6]

School board

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

Fort Mill Board of Education
Member Role Term Ends
Patrick White Chair 2018
Scott Patterson Vice Chair 2016
Tom Audette Member 2016
Wayne Bouldin Member 2018
Michele Branning Member 2018
Diane Dasher Member 2018
Pam Martin Member 2016

School board elections

See also: Fort Mill Schools 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 on its website:

The Board of Trustees invites the public to speak at regular meetings, typically held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the District Office. In order to speak during the designated time for public participation, fill out an information card before the meeting begins and present it to the Chairman of the Board or the Superintendent. Fifteen minutes is allowed for public participation, divided evenly among the number of people who wish to speak.

Speakers may offer comments on agenda items or school operations, programs or other matters of concern. However, in public session, the board will not hear complaints naming another individual. Questions may be directed to board members, but answers may be deferred pending consideration by the board. [8]

—Fort Mill Schools' website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Fort Mill Schools.[2][10]

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
2011-2012 $61,248,416 84.8% $12,622,929 17.5% $5,980,110 8.3% $0.00 0% $3,764,258 5.2% $72,255,713
2012-2013 $64,508,677 84.8% $1,292,149 1.7% $6,322,110 8.3% $0.00 0% $3,949,076 5.2% $76,072,012
2013-2014 $52,901,622 65.5% $27,806,382 34.4% $45,199 0.1% $0.00 0% $24,857 0% $80,778,060
Averages: $59,552,905 78% $13,907,153.33 18% $4,115,806.33 5% $0 0% $2,579,397 3% $76,368,595

Teacher salaries

Florence One 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.[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 33,656 53,119
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 35,171 54,937
Master's degree 38,537 60,127
Master's degree + 30 hours 41,902 63,765
Doctorate 45,267 74,367

Schools in Fort Mill Schools


The district served 10,775 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 9.2 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 9,866 N/A
2010-2011 10,221 3.6
2011-2012 10,775 5.4

District schools

Fort Mill Schools operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Fort Mill Schools
School Name
Banks Trail Middle School
Doby's Bridge Elementary School
Fort Mill Elementary School
Fort Mill High School
Fort Mill Middle School
Gold Hill Elementary School
Gold Hill Middle School
Nation Ford High School
Orchard Park Elementary School
Pleasant Knoll Elementary School
Riverview Elementary School
Springfield Elementary School
Springfield Middle School
Sugar Creek Elementary School
Tega Cay 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:[14]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[15]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 89.0 63.2
Math 89.5 59.6
Science 89.6 47.7
Social Studies 91.2 64.0
Writing 91.5 61.4

Contact information

Fort Mill Schools logo.png
Fort Mill Schools
2233 Deerfield Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Phone: (803) 548-2527

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "York County, South Carolina," accessed July 30, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fort Mills Schools, "Public Budget Presentation:2012-2013," accessed December 5, 2013
  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., "Fort Mill School Board Offers Superintentdent Job To Chuck Epps," December 22, 2009
  7. Fort Mill Schools, "Fort Mill School District's 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. Fort Mill Schools, "Public Participation," accessed November 21, 2014
  10. Fort Mill Schools, "FY 2014 CAFR," accessed December 15, 2014
  11. Fort Mill Schools, "Salary Schedule for Teachers," accessed November 21, 2014
  12. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  13. South Carolina Department of Education, "Fort Mill Schools," accessed November 21, 2014
  14. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
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