Greenville County School District, South Carolina

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Greenville County School District
Greenville County, South Carolina
Greenville County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:W. Burke Royster
Enrollment:71,109 students
Graduation rate:85.3%[1]
Number of schools:96
Budget: $689.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Charles Saylors
Board members:12
Term length:4
Greenville County School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Greenville County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Greenville County School District was the largest school district in South Carolina, serving 71,109 students in 96 schools with an operating budget of $689.5 million.[2]

About the district

Greenville County School District is located in Greenville County, South Carolina
Greenville County School District is located in Greenville 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.[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Greenville County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 77.1 68.3
Black or African American 18.5 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Greenville County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 68,070 121,685
2008 70,886 116,363
2004 55,347 111,481
2000 43,810 92,714

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.[4]


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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

Greenville County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Joy Grayson District 17 2016
Patrick Sudduth District 18 2018
Debi C. Bush District 19 2016
Charles Saylors District 20 2018
Danna Rohleder District 21 2016
Lynda Leventis-Wells District 22 2018
Glenda Morrison-Fair District 23 2016
Derek Lewis District 24 2018
Kenneth E. Baxter Sr. District 25 2016
Roger Meek District 26 2018
Crystal Ball O'Connor District 27 2016
Lisa Hannah Wells District 28 2018

School board elections

See also: Greenville County School District elections (2014)

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:

Appearances at Meetings of the Board of Trustees

Prior to beginning the conduct of any business on its agenda for regularly scheduled monthly meetings, up to one hour will be set aside during which persons may speak to the Board

Persons wishing to speak must register in person prior to the board meeting. Registration will be from 6:15 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. on the night of the board meeting. Each person shall register with his name, address, and topic to present. The chairman will recognize those registered in the order in which they registered. The administration will provide for an expeditious and orderly registration procedure.

Appearances at Meetings of the Committee of the Whole

Persons who want to appear before the Committee of the Whole will have an opportunity to register to do so on the day of the meeting between 8:30 and 8:50. The allocated time for all speakers will exceed one hour. A person who has spoken at one meeting and requests to speak on the same topic again at a later meeting will be placed at the bottom of the list of speakers.

General Rules for Board and Committee Appearances
Persons not registering to appear under the procedures set forth herein will be allowed to participate only with the unanimous consent of the members present and only when their presentation pertains to an item under discussion.

Speakers may not ask questions of individual board members and board members may not engage the speakers in discussion.

Abusive language or personal attacks aimed at students or district staff members will not be permitted. The chairman will rule either out of order and may require the speaker to relinquish the floor as a result of engaging in either.

No speaker may engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct nor direct any scurrilous, obscene, or recklessly defamatory language at any Board member. The chairman will rule such conduct out of order and may require the speaker to relinquish the floor as a result of engaging in it.

Action or discussion generated as a result of a speaker will be handled at the appropriate time on the agenda, at a later meeting, or at the chairman's direction.

The superintendent will designate an administrator to follow up on matters that speakers raise in their presentations. The designee will ensure that an appropriate response is provided to each speaker, and the superintendent will supply monthly to each Board member a report of any follow-up activity.

No presentation by a speaker will exceed three minutes.[7]

—Greenville County School District's website, (2012), [8]


Greenville County School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[2]

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 $363,473,044 52.7% $32,174,242 4.7% $241,550,077 35% $0 0% $51,044,131 7.4% $689,504,533
Averages: $363,473,044 53% $32,174,242 5% $241,550,077 35% $0 0% $51,044,131 7% $689,504,533

Teacher salaries

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.[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 33,259 54,007
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 34,741 55,860
Master's degree 38,076 61,146
Master's degree + 30 hours 41,396 64,837
Doctorate 44,730 74,784

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:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 69,447 N/A
2010-2011 70,210 1.1
2011-2012 71,109 1.3

District schools

Greenville County School District operates 96 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Greenville County School District Schools
School Name
A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School
Alexander Elementary School
Armstrong Elementary School
Augusta Circle Elementary School
Beck Academy
Bell's Crossing Elementary School
Berea Elementary School
Berea High School
Berea Middle School
Bethel Elementary School
Blue Ridge High School
Blue Ridge Middle School
Blythe Academy
Brashier Middle School College Charter
Brook Glenn Elementary School
Brushy Creek Elementary School
Bryson Elementary School
Bryson Middle School
Buena Vista Elementary School
Carolina Academy
Chandler Creek Elementary School
Cherrydale Elementary School
Crestview Elementary School
Donaldson Career Center
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School
Duncan Chapel Elementary School
East North Street Academy
Eastside High School
Ellen Woodside Elementary School
Enoree Career Center
Fork Shoals School
Fountain Inn Elementary School
Gateway Elementary School
Golden Strip Career and Technology Center
Greenbrier Elementary School
Greenville Middle School Academy
Greenville Senior High School Academy
Greenville Technical Charter High School
Greer High School
Greer Middle School
Greer Middle School College Charter
Grove Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest Middle School
Hollis Academy
Hughes Academy of Science and Technology
J. Harley Bonds Career Center
J. L. Mann High School Academy
Lake Forest Elementary School
Lakeview Middle School
Langston Charter Middle School
League Academy
Legacy Charter
Mauldin Elementary School
Mauldin High School
Mauldin Middle School
Meyer Center for Special Children Charter
Mitchell Road Elementary School]
Monarch Elementary School
Monaview Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Northwest Middle School
Northwood Middle School
Oakview Elementary School
Overbrook Child Development Center
Paris Elementary School
Pelham Road Elementary School
Plain Elementary School
Ralph Chandler Middle School
Riverside High School
Riverside Middle School
Robert E. Cashion Elementary School
Rudolph Gordon Elementary School
Sara Collins Elementary School
Sevier Middle School
Simpsonville Elementary School
Skyland Elementary School
Slater Marietta Elementary School
Southside High School
Sterling School
Stone Academy
Sue Cleveland Elementary School
Summit Drive Elementary School
Tanglewood Middle School
Taylors Elementary School
Thomas E. Kerns Elementary School
Tigerville Elementary School
Travelers Rest High School
Wade Hampton High School
Washington Center
Welcome Elementary School
Westcliffe Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School
Woodmont High School
Woodmont Middle 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:[12]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[13]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 78.6 48.6
Math 77.5 43.2
Science 75.6 30.7
Social Studies 80.8 44.5
Writing 79.9 44.1


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.[14]

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.[15]

Contact information

Greenville County School District logo.jpg
Greenville County School District
301 E. Camperdown Way
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: (864) 355-3100

See also

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