Houston County Schools, Georgia

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Houston County Schools
Houston County, Georgia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Mark Scott
Graduation rate:78.8%[1]
Number of schools:42
Budget: $225.5 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Marianne Melnick
Board members:7
Term length:4
Houston County Schools is a school district in Georgia. It is the 14th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 27,878 students in 42 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $225.5 million.[3]

About the district

Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia
Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia. Houston County is home to 146,067 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Houston County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.8 percent of Houston County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Houston County was $56,265 compared to $56,265 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Houston County was 14.6 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Houston County (%) Georgia (%)
White 64.7 62.8
Black or African American 29.4 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.7 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[5][6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 39.0 59.6 1.4
2008 39.4 59.6 1.0
2004 41.4 58.0 0.6
2000 43.2 55.0 1.8

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.[7]


The superintendent of Houston County Schools is Mark Scott. Scott has held the position since June 1, 2014. He earned a bachelor's degree in trade and industrial education and a master's degree in technological studies from the University of Georgia. He then received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Mercer University. Scott began his career in education as a teacher. He later served as principal at Oak Hill Middle School, assistant principal at Baldwin High School and principal of Northside High School. He served as the assistant superintendent for human resources for Houston County before accepting the superintendent position.[8]

School board

The Houston County school board is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[9]

Houston County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Rick Unruh District 1 2018
Marianne Melnick District 2 2018
Skip Dawkins District 3 2016
Fred Wilson District 4 2018
Helen Hughe District 5 2016
Jim Maddox At-large Post 6 2014
Vacant At-large Post 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Houston County Schools elections (2014)

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

Public participation in board meetings

The Houston County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Visitors are welcome to the meetings of the Board of Education.

In order that Board members may effectively transact the numerous matters that come before them and to expedite business in a competent, efficient, and careful manner, it is most important that they have the cooperation of all visitors as requested below:

1. Whenever a person(s) wishes to appear before the Board, said person(s) shall follow the procedures outlined in Board Policy BCBD.

2. Unless the Board determines otherwise from time to time, the general order of business in each meeting shall be:

  • Call to Order
  • Moment of Silence
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Reivew Agenda and Consent Agenda
  • Adopt Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • Recognize Visitors
  • Reports/Comments
  • Old Business
  • New Business

Open Board Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Education are open to the press and to the public in accordance with the Laws of the State of Georgia.

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary procedures not provided for in the bylaws or state statute shall be determined by the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.[10]

—Houston County Schools website, (2014), [11]


The Houston County Schools' budget is published on the Georgia Department of Education's website:[12]

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 $189,747,961 84.7% $7,840,253 3.5% $16,372,904 7.3% $0 0% $10,131,696 4.5% $224,092,819
2012-2013 $190,120,882 84.3% $8,159,311 3.6% $16,901,991 7.5% $0 0% $10,362,592 4.6% $225,544,779
Averages: $189,934,421.5 84% $7,999,782 4% $16,637,447.5 7% $0 0% $10,247,144 5% $224,818,799

Teacher salaries

Houston 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:[13]

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 Houston County Schools


The district served 27,878 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.8 percent increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 26,142 NA
2009-2010 26,635 1.8
2010-2011 27,014 1.4
2011-2012 27,324 1.1
2012-2013 27,534 0.7
2013-2014 27,878 1.2

District schools

Houston County Schools operates 42 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Houston County Schools
School Name
Alternative School
Bonaire Elementary
Bonaire Middle
Centerville Elementary
Credit Recovery
David Perdue Elementary
David Perdue Primary
Eagle Springs Elementary
Edge Academy
Feagin Mill Middle
HC Career Academy
HC Crossroads Center
High Schools Grades Phone
Hilltop Elementary
Houston County High
Huntington Middle
Kings Chapel Elementary
Lake Joy Elementary
Lake Joy Primary
Lindsey Elementary
Linwood/CB Watson Primary
Matt Arthur Elementary
Miller Elementary
Morningside Elementary
Mossy Creek Middle
Northside Elementary
Northside High
Northside Middle
Parkwood Elementary
Pearl Stephens Elementary
Perry High
Perry Middle
Perry Primary
Quail Run Elementary
Russell Elementary
Shirley Hills Elementary
Thomson Middle
Tucker Elementary
Veterans High
Warner Robins High
Warner Robins Middle
Westside Elementary

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Georgia, a district meets AYP standards if they have 95% test participation, academic performance (Annual Measurable Objective) and a second indicator of either attendance rate or graduation rate. Houston County Schools did not meet AYP in 2010 and 2011.[16]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2010 2011
Test participation Y
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Academic performance Y
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Second indicator Y
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AYP Group Status N
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Elimination of high school exam exemptions

The implementation of House Bill 244 has caused the district to eliminate its tradition of final exam exemptions for high-performing high school students. The bill was passed in 2013 and will be implemented on July 1, 2014. The change to state law requires districts to put in place the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System no later than the 2014-2015 school year in order to measure student achievement. Student growth will be measured through assessments that are required as part of that system. Districts across Georgia were required to develop Student Learning Objectives, which are standardized exams based on course standards. Every course that had not previously been covered by state-mandated exams now has those objectives developed at the district level, which students will take as their final. Every student must participate and therefore can no longer be exempt. The decision has upset some district residents. In June 2014, more than 2,000 students, parents and community members signed an online petition in hopes of retaining final exam exemptions for the Houston County high school students.[17]

Contact information

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Houston County Schools

1100 Main St.
Perry, Georgia 31069

Phone: (478) 988-6200

See also

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  1. Georgia Department of Education, "2013 4-year Cohort Graduation Rates," accessed June 18, 2014
  2. Georgia Department of Education, "Houston County School District," accessed November 27, 2013
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Houston County, Georgia," accessed April 15, 2014
  5. Houston County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. Houston County Schools, "Superintendent: Biography," accessed June 18, 2014
  9. Houston County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 18, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Houston County Schools, "Policies," accessed June 18, 2014
  12. Georgia Department of Education, "Houston County School District," accessed November 27, 2013
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "State Salary Schedule," accessed June 18, 2014
  14. Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed June 18, 2014
  15. Houston County Schools, "School list," accessed June 18, 2014
  16. Georgia Department of Education, "Houston County Schools," access June 18, 2014
  17. The Telegraph, "Houston schools caught between parents, students and state law," June 12, 2014