Johnston County Schools, North Carolina

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Johnston County Schools
Smithfield, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Ed Croom
Enrollment:33,097 students
Graduation rate:85.4%[1]
Number of schools:44
Budget: $61.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Larry Strickland
Board members:7
Term length:4
Johnston County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 33,097 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the eighth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Johnston County Schools is located in Johnston County, North Carolina
Johnston County Schools is located in Johnston County, North Carolina. The county seat of Johnston County is Smithfield. Johnston County is home to 177,967 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Johnston County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.9 percent of Johnston County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Johnston County was $50,132 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Johnston County was 16.1 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Johnston County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 80.5 71.7
Black or African American 15.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.6
Asian 0.7 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 13.2 8.9

Johnston County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 41,617 37.8
Democratic 38,506 35.0
Libertarian 415 0.4
Unaffiliated 28,788 23.4

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.[5]


The superintendent of Johnston County Schools is Ed Croom. The board of education named Croom to the position in December 2008 and he officially took over the role on March 1, 2009. Croom began his career in Johnston County Schools as an agricultural education teacher in 1988. He served as Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services from 2003 until he took over as superintendent. He was initially given a three-year contract with an annual salary of $134,352 and a $20,000 annual supplement.[6]

School board

Johnston County Schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Johnston County School Board
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Dorothy Johnson 1998 2018
Larry Strickland 1998 2018
Donna White 2004 2016
Butler Hall 2006 2018
Peggy Smith 2008 2016
Mike Wooten 2008 2016
Keith Branch 2008 2016

School board elections

See also: Johnston County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Johnston County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Policy Code: 1250 Public Address to the Board

Members of the public may address the board during the public comment portion of regular board meetings.

Persons desiring to address the board shall do the following:

1. Sign up forty-eight (48) business hours prior to the meeting by contacting the office of the Deputy Superintendent for Administrative Services;

2. Limit comments to 5 minutes or less; and

3. Furnish statements or written information prior to the meeting.

Public Hearings

Public hearings required by law or deemed advisable by the board shall be organized by a special order adopted by a majority vote setting forth the subject, date, place and time of the hearing as well as any rules regarding the length of time of each speaker, etc. At the appointed time, the chair or a designee shall call the hearing to order and then preside over it. When the allotted time expires or when no one wishes to speak who has not done so, the chair or a designee shall declare the hearing ended.[8]

—Johnston County Schools website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Johnston County Schools:[10][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
2013-2014 $36,693,232 57% $2,240,332 3.5% $25,260,066 39.2% $0 0% $299,000 0.5% $64,392,630
2014-2015 $33,292,828 54.5% $4,025,931 6.6% $22,965,570 37.6% $0 0% $766,564 1.3% $61,050,893
Averages: $34,993,030 56% $3,133,131.5 5% $24,112,818 38% $0 0% $532,782 1% $62,721,761.5

Teacher salaries

Johnston County Schools employed 2,157 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[12][13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Johnston County


Johnston County Schools served 33,097 students in 44 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Johnston County Schools operates 44 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Johnston County Schools
Archer Lodge Middle School
Benson Elementary
Benson Middle
Clayton High
Clayton Middle
Cleveland Elementary
Cleveland High
Cleveland Middle
Cooper Elementary
Corinth Holders High
Corinth Holders Elementary
Dixon Road Elementary
East Clayton Elementary
Four Oaks Elementary
Four Oaks Middle
Glendale-Kenly Elementary
Johnston Co. Early College Academy
Johnston Co. Middle College
McGee's Crossroads Elementary
McGee's Crossroads Middle
Meadow School
Micro-Pine Level Elementary
North Johnston High
North Johnston Middle
Polenta Elementary
Powhatan Elementary
Princeton Elementary
Princeton High
River Dell Elementary
Riverwood Elementary
Riverwood Middle
Selma Elementary
Selma Middle School
Smithfield Middle
Smithfield-Selma High
South Campus Community High
South Campus Community Middle
South Johnston High
South Smithfield Elementary
West Clayton Elementary
West Johnston High
West Smithfield Elementary
West View Elementary
Wilson's Mills Elementary

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[15] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Johnston County Schools who took all tests:[16]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 6,581 7,732 85.2%
2012-2013 2,587 6,475 40.0%

Contact information

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Johnston County Schools
2320 US Business HWY East
P.O. Box 1336
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-934-6032
Fax: 919-934-2586

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Johnston County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Johnston County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Johnston County, North Carolina," accessed August 18, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 18, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. WNCN, "Johnston Board of Ed Names Croom New Superintendent," December 23, 2008
  7. Johnston County Schools, "Board Directory," accessed November 30, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Johnston County Schools Board of Education Policy Manual, "Policy Code: 1250 Public Address to the Board," accessed November 30, 2014
  10. Johnston County Schools, "Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. Johnston County Schools, "2014-2015 Final Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Johnston County Schools, "School Profiles," accessed December 1, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014