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Jefferson County Schools, Alabama

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Jefferson County Schools
Birmingham, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Warren Craig Pouncey
Enrollment:36,203 students
Graduation rate:83%[1]
Number of schools:60
Budget: $346.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jennifer H. Parsons
Board members:5
Term length:6
Jefferson County School District is a school district in Alabama that served 36,203 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the second-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Jefferson County School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama
Jefferson County School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. Jefferson County is home to 659,479 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Jefferson County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.3 percent of Jefferson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Jefferson County was $45,415 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Jefferson County was 17.0 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Jefferson County (%) Alabama (%)
White 54.3 70.0
Black or African American 42.6 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 54.3 45.0 0.7
2008 54.0 45.0 1.0
2004 58.7 40.7 0.6

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Jefferson County Schools is Dr. Craig Pouncey. Appointed by the school board on July 15, 2014, Pouncey officially took the reins of the district on July 1, 2014. Pouncey earned bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from Troy University, an Ed.S. in educational administration from Auburn University and Ed.D. in educational leadership from Samford University. Prior to becoming superintendent, Pouncey served as chief of staff to Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, Deputy State Superintendent for Administrative and Financial services, Assistant State Superintendent and Director of Administrative and Financial Services.[7][8]

School board

Jefferson County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to six-year terms.[9]

Jefferson County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Jennifer H. Parsons 1 1998 2016
Martha Bouyer 2 2014 2018
Oscar Mann 3 2012 2018
Dean Taylor 4 2014 2020
Jacqueline A. Smith 5 1986 2016

School board elections

See also: Jefferson County School District elections (2014)

Members of the Jefferson County School Board are elected to staggered six-year terms. Elections are held each even year. One seat was up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Jefferson County School Board policy manual does not outline a specific policy on public testimony during board meetings.[10]


The table below displays the budget for the Jefferson County School District:[11]

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 $191,570,000 58.1% $53,280,000 16.2% $70,400,000 21.4% $4,850,000 1.5% $9,410,000 2.9% $329,510,000
2014-2015 $190,241,491 54.9% $53,811,878 15.5% $74,457,557 21.5% $13,075,676 3.8% $15,115,524 4.4% $346,702,126
Averages: $190,905,745.5 56% $53,545,939 16% $72,428,778.5 21% $8,962,838 3% $12,262,762 4% $338,106,063

Teacher Salaries

Jefferson County Schools employed 2,313 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] These charts detail teacher salaries according to the 2014-2015 teacher salary schedule.[12]

Salary structure 9 month contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 36,888 49,650
Master's 42,395 55,874
Ed. Specialist/AA 45,714 59,239
Doctoral 49,032 63,315
Salary structure 10 month contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 39,824 53,397
Master's 45,796 60,120
Ed. Specialist/AA 49,381 63,757
Doctoral 52,966 68,234
Salary structure 12 month contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 47,316 62,976
Master's 54,413 70,961
Ed. Specialist/AA 58,670 75,391
Doctoral 62,930 80,737

Schools in Jefferson County


Jefferson County Schools served 36,203 students in 60 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has experienced a slight increase in enrollment in recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 39,479
2005-2006 35,834 -10.2
2006-2007 36,290 1.3
2007-2008 36,109 -0.5
2008-2009 36,174 0.2
2009-2010 36,058 -0.3
2010-2011 35,860 -0.5
2011-2012 35,978 0.3
2012-2013 36,068 0.2
2013-2014 36,203 0.4

District schools

Jefferson County operates 60 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[13][14]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[15]

Contact information

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Jefferson County Schools
2100 18th St. S
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 205-379-2000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Jefferson County Schools," accessed November 20, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County, Alabama," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. WVTM Birmingham, "Jefferson County names Craig Pouncey as new school superintendent," July 17, 2014
  8. Jefferson County Schools, "Dr. Craig Pouncey to assume reins of JefCoEd Schools," accessed November 20, 2014
  9. Jefferson County Schools, "Jefferson County Board of Education," accessed November 20, 2014
  10. Jefferson County Schools, "Jefferson County Board Of Education Policy Manual," accessed November 20, 2014
  11. Jefferson County School District, "Finance Department," accessed December 9, 2013
  12. Jefferson County Schools, "2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed November 20, 2014
  13. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  14. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  15. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014