Kanawha County Schools, West Virginia

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Kanawha County Schools
Kanawha County, West Virginia
KCS logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Ron Duerring
Graduation rate:70.9%[1]
Number of schools:71
Budget: $364.0 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Pete Thaw
Board members:5
Term length:4
Kanawha County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the largest school district in West Virginia, serving 28,378 students in 71 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $364.0 million.[3]

About the district

Kanawha County Schools is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia
Kanawha County Schools is located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Kanawha County is home to 192,179 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Kanawha 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 24.3 percent of Kanawha 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 Kanawha County was $45,642 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Kanawha County was 14.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Kanawha County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 89.0 94.0
Black or African American 7.5 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 1.1 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.1 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 69,167 51.9
Republican 37,452 28.1
Mountain 171 0.1
No Party 24,800 18.6
Other 1,670 1.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]


The superintendent of Kanawha County Schools is Ron Duerring. He has held the position since 1998. He began in Kanawha County Schools in 1975 as a teacher at Spring Hill Elementary and has since served as a consultant, principal and assistant superintendent.[7]

School board

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

Kanawha County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Pete Thaw At-large 2018
Becky Jordan At-large 2018
Ryan White At-large 2018
Jim Crawford At-large 2016
Robin Rector At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Kanawha County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Kanawha 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.


Kanawha County Schools does not publish its annual budget on its 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 $309,656,000 85.1% $16,579,000 4.6% $37,765,000 10.4% $0 0% $9,000 0% $364,009,000
Averages: $309,656,000 85% $16,579,000 5% $37,765,000 10% $0 0% $9,000 0% $364,009,000

Teacher salaries

Kanawha 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 Kanawha County Board of Education:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($)
B.A. 33,406 54,663
B.A. + 15 34,311 55,568
MA 36,345 57,684
MA + 15 37,254 58,632
MA + 30 38,168 59,613
MA + 45 38,943 60,425
D 40,133 61,609

Schools in Kanawha County Schools


The district served 28,378 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.1 percent increase 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 28,350 NA
2008-2009 28,465 0.4
2009-2010 28,481 0.05
2010-2011 28,458 -0.08
2011-2012 28,429 -0.1
2012-2013 28,548 0.4
2013-2014 28,378 -0.5

District schools

Kanawha County Schools operates 71 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Kanawha County Schools
School Name
Alban Elementary School
Alternative schools
Alum Creek Elementary School
Andrew Jackson Middle School
Andrews Heights Elementary School
Anne Bailey Elementary School
Belle Elementary School
Ben Franklin Vocational Center
Bridge Elementary School
BridgeView Elementary School
Capital High School
Carver Career Center
Cedar Grove Elementary School
Cedar Grove Middle School
Central Elementary School
Chamberlain Elementary School
Chandler Academy
Chesapeake Elementary School
Clendenin Elementary School
Cross Lanes Elementary School
Dunbar Intermediate School
Dunbar Middle School
Dunbar Primary School
DuPont Middle School
East Bank Middle School
Elk Elementary Center
Elkview Middle School
Flinn Elementary School
Garnet Career Center
George C. Weimer Elementary School
George Washington High School
Grandview Elementary School
Hayes Middle School
Herbert Hoover High School
Holz Elementary School
Horace Mann Middle School
J.E. Robbins Elementary School
John Adams Middle School
Kanawha City Elementary School
Kenna Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary School
Malden Elementary School
Marmet Elementary School
Mary Ingles Elementary School
McKinley Middle School
Midland Trail Elementary School
Montrose Elementary School
Nitro Elementary School
Nitro High School
Overbrook Elementary School
Piedmont Elementary School
Pinch Elementary School
Point Harmony Elementary School
Pratt Elementary School
Richmond Elementary School
Riverside High School
Ruffner Elementary School
Ruthlawn Elementary School
Sharon Dawes Elementary School
Shoals Elementary School
Sissonville Elementary School
Sissonville High School
Sissonville Middle School
South Charleston High School
South Charleston Middle School
St. Albans High School
Stonewall Jackson Middle School
University Collaborative School
Watts Elementary School
Weberwood Elementary School
West Side Elementary School

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 Kanawha County Schools.[13][14]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Kanawha County Schools[15]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 18,073 8,994 49.7
Reading/Language Arts 18,080 9,702 53.6
Science 14,180 5,787 40.8
Social Studies 17,318 7,158 41.3


Bottled water vs. tap water

In March 2014, the district made the decision to use tap water for drinking and cooking for the first time since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Since the spill in January 2014, schools kept drinking fountains covered and provided bottled water for students. The decision to stop providing bottled water came after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted a state of emergency for the county and requested additional tests for traces of crude MCHM at more than 100 schools across the state. All but one school came back at non-detect levels at a 2 parts per billion screening level. The screening level was stricter than Tomblin's initial 10 parts per billion level and 500 times more protective than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1 part per million recommendation. Because crude MCHM wasn't detected at the strict screening levels, Kanawha County school officials lifted the ban on tap water. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said parents who do not want their children using tap water will need to send a note to their principal or teacher.

Some parents in the district were not happy they did not have notification of the decision sooner. Karan Ireland, a mother of two Kanawha County students, organized Citizens Actively Protecting the Environment and is encouraging members to push the county to provide bottled water for the remainder of the year. She believes the district deliberately did not give her group the opportunity to organize and that had parents been given that opportunity, they could have taken an inventory of the remaining bottled water and mobilized donation drives to bring in more supplies. She believes that many people do not drink tap water in their homes, and therefore students should not be drinking it in schools.[16]

Contact information

KCS logo.jpeg
Kanawha County Schools

200 Elizabeth Street
Charleston WV 25311

Phone: (304) 348-7770

See also

External links

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  1. West Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation Rate - Accountability Year 2013-14," accessed June 12, 2014
  2. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 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, "Kanawha County, West Virginia," accessed March 6, 2014
  5. West Virginia Secretary of State," West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed March 6, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Kanawha County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 12, 2014
  8. Kanawha County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 13, 2014
  9. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. West Virginia Department of Education, "Salary Schedule by County," accessed June 13, 2014
  11. West Virginia Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed June 13, 2014
  12. Kanawha County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 13, 2014
  13. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST 2 Parent Brochure," accessed June 12, 2014
  14. West Virginia Department of Education, "Assessment and Accountability," accessed June 12, 2014
  15. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST2/APTA Assessment Data - School Year 2012-13," accessed June 12, 2014
  16. Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail, "Schools in Kanawha County begin to use tap water," March 5, 2014