Harrison County Schools, West Virginia

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Harrison County Schools
Harrison County, West Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Susan Lee Collins
Graduation rate:77.4%[1]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $135.6 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:5
Term length:4
Harrison County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the sixth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 10,913 students in 26 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $135.6 million.[3]

About the district

Harrison County Schools is located in Harrison County, West Virginia
Harrison County Schools is located in Harrison County, West Virginia. Harrison County is home to 69,102 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau, [4]


Harrison County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.1 percent of Harrison County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9 percent for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Harrison County was $41,799 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Harrison County was 18.6 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Harrison County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 96.1 94.0
Black or African American 1.7 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.5 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z Z
Two or More Races 1.5 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.3 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 23,420 53.4
Republican 12,194 27.8
Mountain 43 0.09
No Party 8,109 0.18
Other 127 0.28

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.[6]


The superintendent of Harrison County Schools is Susan Lee Collins. She has held the position since 2006. Collins began her educational career as a teacher at Lincoln High School after earning a bachelor's degree in special education and library science from West Virginia University. She then earned a master's degree in education administration in 1979 from WVU and continued to serve the district in an administrative capacity. She has served as both assistant principal and principal at all programmatic levels. Collins was the administrative assistant of adolescent education for nine years prior to accepting the superintendent position.[7]

School board

The Harrison County school board is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Harrison County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Frank Devono Jr. At-large 2018
Michael Daugherty At-large 2018
Gary Hamrick At-large 2016
Doug Hogue At-large 2016
Kristin Messenger At-large 2018

School board elections

See also: Harrison County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Harrison County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation at board meetings

The board does not maintain publicly available guidelines for public participation in board meetings as of June 26, 2014.


Harrison County Schools published its annual budget on their district website:[9]

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
2010-2011 $90,525,496 63.7% $23,609,412 16.6% $13,931,775 9.8% $95,113 0.1% $13,990,171 9.8% $142,151,967
2011-2012 $90,035,809 66.4% $21,136,311 15.6% $13,723,693 10.1% $5,473 0% $10,710,168 7.9% $135,611,454
Averages: $90,280,652.5 65% $22,372,861.5 16% $13,827,734 10% $50,293 0% $12,350,169.5 9% $138,881,710.5

Teacher salaries

Harrison County teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Harrison County Board of Education:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($)
B.A. 33,165 54,534
B.A. + 15 33,978 55,387
MA 35,937 57,346
MA + 15 36,794 58,203
MA + 30 37,651 59,060
MA + 45 38,412 59,821
D 39,538 60,947

Schools in Harrison County Schools


The district served 10,913 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.8 percent decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 11,235 NA
2008-2009 11,192 -0.3
2009-2010 11,196 0.03
2010-2011 11,128 -0.6
2011-2012 11,005 -1.1
2012-2013 10,935 -0.6
2013-2014 10,913 -0.2

District schools

Harrison County Schools operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Harrison County Schools
School Name
Adamston Elementary School
Big Elm Elementary
Bridgeport High School
Bridgeport Middle School
Harrison County Alternative Learning Center
Johnson Elementary School
Lincoln High School
Lost Creek Elementary
Lumberport Elementary School
Lumberport Middle School
Mountaineer Middle School
North View Elementary
Norwood Elementary
Nutter Fort Intermediate
Nutter Fort Primary
One Eagle Way
One Mountaineer Drive
Robert C. Byrd High
Salem Elementary
Simpson Elementary
South Harrison High
South Harrison Middle
United Technical Center
Washington Irving Middle School
West Milford Elementary
Wilsonburg Elementary

Academic performance

West Virginia measures academic performance through WESTEST 2. The assessment measures student performance in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science based on the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The development of the CSOs was led by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Instruction with participation from the Office of Assessment and Accountability, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning and educators from around the state. Students enrolled in grades three through 11 participate in the assessments. WESTTEST 2 is also used as an accountability assessment to determine school, county and state status for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations by the state and federal government. The table below lists the results for Harrison County Schools.[13][14]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Harrison County Schools[15]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 6,804 3,183 46.7
Reading/Language Arts 6,802 3,542 52.0
Science 5,348 2,513 46.9
Social Studies 6,673 2,787 41.7

Contact information

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Harrison County Schools

408 E. B. Saunders Way
P. O. Box 1370
Clarksburg, WV 26302-1370

Phone: (304) 624-3325

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