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Lancaster County School District, South Carolina

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Lancaster County School District
Lancaster County, South Carolina
Lancaster County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Gene Moore
Enrollment:11,617 students
Graduation rate:81.7%[1]
Number of schools:21
Budget: $100 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bobby Parker
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lancaster County School District is a school district in South Carolina that serves Lancaster County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Lancaster County School District was the 17th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 11,617 students in 21 schools with an operating budget of $100 million.[2]

About the district

Lancaster County School District is located in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Lancaster County School District is located in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The county seat of Lancaster County is Lancaster. Lancaster County is home to 76,652 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Lancaster County underperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.5 percent of Lancaster County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Lancaster County was $42,107 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Lancaster County was 20.8 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Lancaster County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 74.4 68.3
Black or African American 23.2 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 0.8 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Lancaster County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 13,419 19,333
2008 12,139 16,441
2004 7,631 12,916
2000 8,782 11,676

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


The superintendent of Lancaster County School District is Dr. Gene Moore.[5]

School board

The Lancaster County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of seven members elected to staggered four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic district.[6]

Lancaster County Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
James Brooks District 1 2014 2018
Tyrom Faulkner District 2 2010 2016
Bobby Parker District 3 2002 2018
Bill Sumner District 4 2010 2016
Janice Dabney District 5 2006 2018
Margaret E. Gamble District 6 2004 2016
Don McCorkle District 7 2006 2018

School board elections

See also: Lancaster County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings adopted in 1992:

The board welcomes the public to attend board sessions and encourages citizens to appear and bring before the board any matter to improve the school system.

Board meetings are open to the public and press except for discussion of matters that should properly be conducted in executive session.

The agenda of each regular meeting provides a public forum so an individual or group may speak on any subject pertaining to the school system, except personnel.

  • Anyone representing either himself or a group and desiring to speak before the board should inform the superintendent of his desire to speak and his topic at least seven days before the meeting to permit orderly scheduling; however, a person may speak during public forum without notifying the board in advance.

  • A speaker may offer objective commendations, observations or criticisms of school operations and programs. However, in public session, the board will not hear personal complaints either by or against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.

  • Any individual desiring to speak should come to the front of the board room and give his name, address and the group, if any, that he is representing.

  • A presentation should be as brief as possible, yet include all information considered important by the speaker. Unless an extension is granted, each speaker will limit himself to five minutes.

  • If one spokesman has presented a matter, it is not necessary for others to repeat the same ideas, but anyone may speak who has comments to add.

  • No personal abuse against any person or vulgar language will be permitted.

  • Board members are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters. For this reason, questions may be directed to a board member but answers must be deferred pending consideration by the board.
  • Except in emergencies, board members will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the necessary time to study any proposal submitted to the board before ruling on the proposal.
  • The board will not permit its objective of giving everyone an opportunity to be heard to beused as the means of making an unsupported and unwarranted attack on board members or the school system staff.

  • The board vests in the chair or presiding officer the authority to terminate remarks of any individual, should that individual not adhere to the rules above.[7]

—Lancaster County School District's website, (1992), [8]


The table below displays the budget for Lancaster County School District:[2][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
2012-2013 $65,796,949 60.2% $8,581,482 7.9% $7,945,086 7.3% $3,908,150 3.6% $23,038,903 21.1% $109,270,570
2014-2015 $73,224,495 73.2% $3,160,081 3.2% $7,908,914 7.9% $15,743,050 15.7% $0 0% $100,036,540
Averages: $69,510,722 66% $5,870,781.5 6% $7,927,000 8% $9,825,600 9% $11,519,451.5 11% $104,653,555

Teacher salaries

Lancaster County teacher salaries are based on years of experience and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 33,361 51,261
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 34,862 53,015
Master's degree 38,199 58,029
Master's degree + 30 hours 41,534 61,534
Doctorate 44,870 71,002

Schools in Lancaster County School District


The district served 11,617 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.6 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 11,431 N/A
2010-2011 11,397 -0.6
2011-2012 11,617 1.9

District schools

Lancaster County School District operates 21 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Lancaster County School District Schools
School Name
A. R. Rucker Middle School
Andrew Jackson High School
Andrew Jackson Middle School
Brooklyn Springs Elementary School
Buford Elementary School
Buford High School
Buford Middle School
Clinton Elementary School
Discovery Charter of Lancaster
Erwin Elementary School
Harrisburg Elementary School
Heath Springs Elementary School
Indian Land Elementary School
Indian Land High School
Indian Land Middle School
Kershaw Elementary School
Lancaster High School
McDonald Green Elementary School
North Elementary School
South Middle School
Southside Early Childhood Center

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[14]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 73.1 40.3
Math 73.5 35.1
Science 67.8 22.3
Social Studies 72.2 30.9
Writing 74.7 35.5

Contact information

Lancaster County School District logo.jpg
Lancaster County School District
300 South Catawba Street
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: (803) 286-6972

See also

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