Gaston County Schools, North Carolina
|Gaston County Schools|
|Gastonia, North Carolina|
|Superintendent:||W. Jeffrey Booker|
|Number of schools:||56|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Kenneth R. Lutz Jr.|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Gaston County
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtGaston 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Gaston County School Board|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|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.
—Gaston County Schools website, (2014), 
|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|
Gaston County Schools employed 1,857 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.
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.
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|Bachelor's + NBPTS||36,960||56,000|
|Master's + NBPTS||40,260||61,000|
|6-Year + NBPTS||41,520||62,260|
|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. The district has experienced a slight increase in enrollment in recent years.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Gaston County Schools operates 56 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Gaston County Schools|
|Belmont Central Elementary|
|Bessemer City Central|
|Bessemer City High|
|Bessemer City Middle|
|Bessemer City Primary|
|Catawba Heights Elementary|
|Chapel Grove Elementary|
|East Gaston High|
|Forest Heights Elementary|
|Gardner Park Elementary|
|Gaston Early College|
|H.H. Beam Elementary|
|Hawks Nest Intermediate|
|Highland School of Technology|
|Hunter Huss High|
|John Chavis Middle|
|Mount Holly Middle|
|New Hope Elementary|
|North Belmont Elementary|
|North Gaston High|
|Pleasant Ridge Elementary|
|South Point High|
|Stuart W. Cramer High|
|W.A. Bess Elementary|
|W.B. Beam Intermediate|
|W.C. Friday Middle|
|Webb Street School|
|York Chester Middle|
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." 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:
- Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
|Year||# At or Above Level III||# Valid Scores||% At or Above Level III|
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- List of school districts in North Carolina
- Gaston County Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Gaston County Schools
- North Carolina Association of Educators
- Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina
- Gaston County, North Carolina
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- North Carolina School Boards Association
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Gaston County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Gaston County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
- United States Census Bureau, "Gaston County, North Carolina," accessed August 14, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Bessemer City Primary School, "W. Jeffrey Booker appointed next superintendent of Gaston County Schools," November 18, 2013
- Gaston County Schools, "Superintendent Biography," accessed November 28, 2014
- Gaston County Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed November 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Gaston County Schools, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed November 28, 2014
- Gaston County Schools, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
- Gaston County Schools, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
- Gaston County Schools, "Facts and Figures," accessed November 30, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014
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