Gaston County Schools, North Carolina

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Gaston County Schools
Gastonia, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:W. Jeffrey Booker
Enrollment:31,696 students
Graduation rate:83.5%[1]
Number of schools:56
Budget: $267.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kenneth R. Lutz Jr.
Board members:9
Term length:4
Gaston County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 31,696 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the ninth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Gaston County Schools is located in Gaston County, North Carolina
Gaston County Schools is located in Gaston County, North Carolina. The county seat of Gaston County is Gastonia. Gaston County is home to 209,420 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Gaston County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.0 percent of Gaston County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Gaston County was $43,220 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Gaston County was 17.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Gaston County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 80.5 71.7
Black or African American 15.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 1.4 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.2 8.9

Gaston County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 50,815 38.2
Democratic 46,998 35.4
Libertarian 428 0.3
Unaffiliated 34,570 26.0

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.[5]


The superintendent of Gaston County Schools is W. Jeffrey Booker. Unanimously appointed by the board of education in November 2013, Booker has served in this role since January 1, 2014. His salary is $180,000 per year.[6]

Booker first came to the district in 2009, serving as deputy superintendent of operations. He previously was assistant vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System, principal of LWA Associates and had various leadership roles with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. A certified real estate agent and cash manager, Booker graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in finance.[7]

School board

Gaston County schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. Seven members are elected by geographic electoral districts and two are elected at-large.[8]

Gaston County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Jeff Ramsey At-large 2012 2016
Chris Howell At-Large 2012 2018
Kenneth R. Lutz, Jr. Crowders Mountain Township 2012 2016
Kaye Gribble Dallas Township 2014
David A. Phillips South Point Township 2002 2014
Dot Guthrie Gastonia Township 2012 2016
Mark A. Stephens Gastonia Township 2010 2014
Kevin Collier Riverbend Township 1998 2018
William Marcus Upchurch, Sr. Cherryville Township 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Gaston County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Gaston County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Five seats were up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school district. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the Board as it conducts its official business.

The Board of Education, as an elected representative body of the school district, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school district. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the Board in accordance with policy.

Requests to Place Item on the Agenda

In order that the Board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least ten working days prior to the third Monday meeting.

The request should include:

• the name and address of the person or persons making the request;

• the organization or group, if any, represented; and

• a brief explanation of the nature of the item. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the Board are to be submitted along with the request. Additional items may be added to the agenda by the Board on a majority vote of the Board Members.

The Superintendent will confer with the Chairperson of the Board concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda, and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion.

The Superintendent, with the consent of the Board Chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the Superintendent and chairperson.

The Superintendent will explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns.

The Superintendent will notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The Board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation where the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting.

Requests to Address the Board

A part of each meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the Board. Citizens may speak to the Boardregarding item slated for action. A sign up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the Board.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the Board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the Board Members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Time Frame for Addressing Board

The first thirty minutes of each board meeting will be reserved for citizens who wish to speak to the Board. Any citizen not heard at that time may be heard at the end of the business session.

Speakers will be allotted up to five (5) minutes to address the Board unless two or more speakers intend to address the same issue, in which case, speakers will be allotted three (3) minutes. The Board will accept copies of written statements from the respective speakers.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

Reports of Complaints

Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school district official responsible for the program or facility or to the Superintendent. The Superintendent or designee will make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[9]

—Gaston County Schools website, (2014), [10]


The table below displays the budget for Gaston County Schools:[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 $191,881,616 80.1% $16,454,386 6.9% $27,252,219 11.4% $0 0% $4,096,158 1.7% $239,684,379
2013-2014 $177,519,036 67.3% $59,729,911 22.6% $24,420,430 9.3% $0 0% $2,100,000 0.8% $263,769,377
2014-2015 $186,931,417 70% $62,581,708 23.4% $17,583,842 6.6% $0 0% $0 0% $267,096,967
Averages: $185,444,023 72% $46,255,335 18% $23,085,497 9% $0 0% $2,065,386 1% $256,850,241

Teacher salaries

Gaston County Schools employed 1,857 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[13][14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Gaston County


Gaston County serves 31,979 students in 56 schools as of the 2014-2015 school year.[15] The district has experienced a slight increase in enrollment in recent years.

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2011-2012 31,696
2012-2013 31,189 -1.6
2014-2015 31,979 2.5

District schools

Gaston County Schools operates 56 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[16] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Gaston County Schools who took all tests:[17]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 6,322 7,930 79.7%
2012-2013 3,046 7,404 41.1%

Contact information

Gaston County Schools.jpg
Gaston County Schools
943 Osceola Street
P.O. Box 1397
Gastonia, NC 28053
Phone: (704) 866-6100

See also

External links

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  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Gaston County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Gaston County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Gaston County, North Carolina," accessed August 14, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Bessemer City Primary School, "W. Jeffrey Booker appointed next superintendent of Gaston County Schools," November 18, 2013
  7. Gaston County Schools, "Superintendent Biography," accessed November 28, 2014
  8. Gaston County Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed November 28, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Gaston County Schools, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed November 28, 2014
  11. Gaston County Schools, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Gaston County Schools, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Gaston County Schools, "Facts and Figures," accessed November 30, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014