Greenville County School District, South Carolina
|Greenville County School District|
|Greenville County, South Carolina|
|Superintendent:||W. Burke Royster|
|Number of schools:||96|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Charles Saylors|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Greenville County School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtGreenville County, South Carolina. The county seat of Greenville County is Greenville. Greenville County is home to 451,225 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Greenville 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 30.9 percent of Greenville 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 Greenville County was $48,438 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Greenville County was 15.2 percent compared to 17.6 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 Greenville County School District is W. Burke Royster, who was appointed to the position in April 2012. During his 34-year career, Royster has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and district administrator. Prior to becoming superintendent, Royster served as the district's deputy superintendent. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University; he is currently pursuing a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
The Greenville County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of 12 members elected to four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic district. Board members are compensated annually: members receive $10,000, and the board chair receives $11,186.
School board elections
Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Six seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Six 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 2012:
Greenville County School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
Greenville County 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.
Schools in Greenville County School District
The district served 71,109 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.4 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:
Greenville County School District operates 96 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
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:
Size and academic prowess
In addition to being the largest school district in South Carolina, Greenville County School District is also one of its highest-performing. The district has received National Accreditation status from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools and 28 PTA National Schools of Excellence. The district is also a leader in school choice, with 15 percent of students in the district attending schools based on their preference and individual academic needs. Over 600 teachers in the district are National Board Certified Teachers, which is more than 24 states have in total.
2013 American Humanist Association dispute
In 2013, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a formal complaint against Greenville County School District for its use of a church for the 5th-grade Mountain View Elementary's graduation ceremony, in addition to listing a prayer on the program. The complaint, allegedly filed on behalf of a district student, said that the district violated separation of church and state laws. Federal court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. denied the request, stating that the organization had "no basis for the injunction." The judge was criticized for saying that the AHA shouldn't "file unless you have proof" and stating that "this is what you call making a mountain out of a mole hill." Ultimately the school was able to retain its plans for the church-held graduation.