Griffin-Spalding County School System, Georgia

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Griffin-Spalding County School System
Spalding County, Georgia
Griffin-Spalding County School System Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr.
Enrollment:10,450 students
Graduation rate:76.1%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $86.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:James Westbury
Board members:5
Term length:4
Griffin-Spalding County School System is a school district in Georgia that serves Spalding County. It is the 34th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 10,450 students in 18 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $86.1 million.[2]

About the district

Griffin-Spalding County School System is located in Spalding County, Georgia
Griffin-Spalding County School System is located in Spalding County, Georgia. The county seat of Spalding County is Griffin. Spalding County is home to 64,073 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Spalding County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 14.8 percent of Spalding County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.0 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Spalding County was $41,534 compared to $49,179 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Spalding County was 21.5 percent compared to 18.2 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Spalding County (%) Georgia (%)
White 63.5 62.5
Black or African American 33.3 31.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.0 3.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 39.5 59.5 1.0
2008 40.2 58.9 0.9
2004 35.5 64.1 0.4
2000 37.9 60.3 1.8

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 Griffin-Spalding County School System is Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr., who was appointed to the position in June 2009. He has a master's in business administration degree from Albany State College, a specialist degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Jones is a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1977 to 1997 and retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Prior to his superintendent appointment, Jones was principal at Griffin High School from 2001 to 2005.[6]

School board

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of five members elected to four-year terms. They serve by geographic district.[7]

Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Michael Kendall District 1 2014
James Westbury District 2 2016
Zach Holmes District 3 2014
Barbara Jo Cook District 4 2016
Pete Graham District 5 2014

School board elections

See also: Griffin-Spalding County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on May 20, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings adopted in 2007:

The schools belong to the public and education carried on in the school system is public business; therefore, the board and staff welcome and encourage citizens of the system to attend its board meetings. By attending, the public may become better acquainted with the operation and programs of the school system.

Any individual wishing to be placed on the board meeting agenda with permission to speak to an item not on the agenda is requested to submit a letter to the Superintendent six days prior to the meeting stating who he/she is and why he/she wishes to speak. If a person wishes to address an item on the agenda, he/she shall complete a written form and provide it to the Superintendent prior to the meeting. The Board of Education may restrict, in accordance with State law, public participation in meetings to any extent necessary to allow it to carry on its business. The Board of Education can adopt an agenda and confine public discussion to matters contained on the agenda or dispense with the visitor comments portion of the meeting altogether. If the Board grants permission for one to speak, the procedures listed below must be followed. Any person concerned with an administrative question should exhaust all administrative channels before presenting same to the Superintendent and/or the Board.

Any individual desiring to speak is requested to give his/her name, address, and the group, if any, that he/she is representing. The individual should speak to the Board, not the audience.

The presentation should be brief, as brief as possible, yet should include all information considered important by the speaker. Unless an extension of time is granted, each speaker shall not exceed five (5) minutes.

If one spokesperson has presented a matter, it is not necessary for others to repeat the same ideas. Others speaking on the same subject shall usually be limited to one (1) minute each.

Questions, suggestions, proposals, or criticisms which have been presented verbally should also be submitted, when practical, in writing and should be signed by the individual or the spokesperson of the group appearing before the Board.

Persons appearing before the Board are reminded, as a point of information, that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters.

Any complaints concerning school personnel must be in writing and shall have exhausted all administrative channels before being presented to the Board in executive session.

No profane and/or vulgar language or personal abuse against any person will be permitted.

The Board vests in its chair, or other presiding officer, authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he/she does not adhere to the rules established.

A majority vote of the Board is necessary to allow unscheduled participation. If such allowed, the basic procedures of public participation shall be adhered to.[8]

—Griffin-Spalding County School System's website, (2007) [9]


The table below displays the budget for the Griffin-Spalding County School System:[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
2011-2012 $72,070,126 83.6% $1,960,795 2.3% $7,780,697 9% $0.00 0% $6,128,104 7.1% $86,175,722
2012-2013 $68,097,831 83% $1,731,815 2.1% $7,941,883 9.7% $0.00 0% $4,322,149 5.3% $82,093,678
2013-2014 $66,363,653.14 77.1% $1,961,136.59 2.3% $8,744,463.67 10.2% $0.00 0% $9,055,657.57 10.5% $86,124,910.97
Averages: $68,843,870.05 81% $1,884,582.2 2% $8,155,681.22 10% $0 0% $6,501,970.19 8% $84,798,103.66

Teacher salaries

Griffin-Spalding County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[10]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Griffin-Spalding County School System


The district served 10,450 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.2 percent decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 10,684 N/A
2009-2010 10,694 0.09
2010-2011 10,563 -1.2
2011-2012 10,496 -0.6
2012-2013 10,517 0.2
2013-2014 10,450 -0.6

District schools

Griffin-Spalding County School System operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Griffin-Spalding County School System Schools
School Name
A Z Kelsey Academy
Anne Street Elementary School
Atkinson Elementary School
Beaverbrook Elementary School
Carver Road Middle School
Cowan Road Elementary School
Cowan Road Middle School
Crescent Road Elementary School
Futral Road Elementary School
Griffin High School
Jackson Road Elementary School
Jordan Hill Road Elementary School
Kennedy Road Middle School
Moore Elementary School
Moreland Rd Elementary School
Orrs Elementary School
Rehoboth Road Middle School
Spalding High School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2013-2014 school year:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 92.0
3 ELA 87.8
3 Math 80.1
3 Science 75.8
3 Social Science 86.1
4 Reading 92.2
4 ELA 87.0
4 Math 84.6
4 Science 81.9
4 Social Science 81.0
5 Reading 93.4
5 ELA 93.6
5 Math 84.5
5 Science 77.0
5 Social Science 73.3

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2013-2014[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 95.1
6 ELA 86.3
6 Math 77.7
6 Science 62.4
6 Social Science 57.3
7 Reading 93.4
7 ELA 91.5
7 Math 80.3
7 Science 76.1
7 Social Science 67.2
8 Reading 96.5
8 ELA 90.1
8 Math 70.0
8 Science 64.2
8 Social Science 70.1

Contact information

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Griffin-Spalding County School System
216 S. 6th Street
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: (770) 229-3710

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Spalding County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Georgia Department of Education, "School System Financial Reports," accessed December 10, 2014
  3. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed July 1, 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. Griffin-Spalding County School System, "Superintendent's Office," accessed November 18, 2014
  7. Griffin-Spalding County School System, "Board of Education," accessed November 18, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Griffin-Spalding County School System, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," July 31, 2007
  10. Georgia Department of Education, "State Salary Schedule," accessed June 18, 2014
  11. Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed July 2, 2014
  12. Griffin-Spalding County School System, "Schools," accessed November 18, 2014
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed November 13, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed November 13, 2014