Lee County Schools, Alabama
|Lee County Schools|
|Superintendent:||James E. McCoy|
|Number of schools:||14|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Larry Boswell|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Lee County
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtLee County, Alabama. The county seat of Lee County is Opelika. Lee County is home to 150,933 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Lee County outperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.3 percent of Lee 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 Lee County was $43,189 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Lee County was 21.1 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
The superintendent of Lee County Schools is Dr. James E. McCoy. The school board named McCoy as superintendent on a 4-3 vote on April 23, 2013, and he assumed the position on July 1, 2013. McCoy previously served as superintendent for Georgia's Commerce City Schools for nine years.
Lee County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to six-year terms.
|Lee County School Board|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Fred Copeland, Jr.||5||2006||2018|
School board elections
Members of the Lee County Schools school board are elected to six-year terms. Elections are held each even year. One seat was up for election in 2014 and one seat is up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Lee County Schools school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
Chapter 2.00-School Board Governance and Organization
VI. The Board encourages citizen participation at meetings for the purpose of communicating matters important to the improvement of the school district. The President or presiding officer shall be able to regulate and control public participation. Any complaints about board actions or operations may be addressed directly to the Board by written request for the matter to be placed on the agenda as described in section V. Comments involving specific concerns related to instruction, discipline, learning materials are be to be addressed at specified levels in the following order:
Complaints about school personnel will be investigated by the administration prior to any consideration or actions by the board. At no time, however, shall the remarks of any person be focused as a personal attack. If such an attack occurs, the President or presiding officer of the Board shall proceed to terminate the citizen's time on the agenda.
—Lee County Schools website, (2014)
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
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Lee County Schools employed 623 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.
Lee County Schools does not provide their teacher's salary schedule on their website. The following table details the 2014-2015 Alabama state minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers:
|Salary structure 187 day contract|
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Lee County
Lee County Schools served 9,847 students in 14 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has experienced an increase/decrease in enrollment in recent years.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Lee County Schools operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Lee County Schools|
|Beauregard Elementary School|
|Beauregard High School|
|Beulah Elementary school|
|Beulah High School|
|East Smiths Station Elementary School|
|Loachapoka Elementary School|
|Loachapoka High School|
|Sanford Middle School|
|Smiths Station Freshman Center|
|Smiths Station High School|
|Smiths Station Jr. High School|
|South Smiths Station Elementary School|
|Wacoochee Elementary School|
|West Smiths Station Elementary|
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.
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.
- Alabama school districts
- List of school districts in Alabama
- Lee County Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Lee County Schools
- Alabama Education Association
- Lee County, Alabama
- Alabama Department of Education
- Alabama Association of School Boards
- Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
- Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Lee County, Alabama," accessed November 21, 2014 (timed out)
- United States Census Bureau, "Lee County, Alabama," accessed September 10, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed September 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- Opelika-Auburn News, "McCoy selected as new Lee County superintendent," April 23, 2013
- Lee County Schools, "School Board," accessed November 20, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Lee County Schools, "Lee County Board Policy Manual," accessed November 21, 2014
- Lee County Schools, "Operations Statement Budget to Actual C August 2011, accessed December 8, 2013
- Lee County Schools, "Operations Statement Budget to Actual C September 2012, accessed December 8, 2014
- Lee County Schools, "Operations Statement Budget to Actual C September 2013, accessed December 8, 2014
- Lee County Schools, "Operations Statement Budget to Actual C September 2014, accessed December 8, 2014
- Lee County Schools, "Operations Statement Budget to Actual C October 2014, accessed December 8, 2014
- Alabama State Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2015," April 29, 2014
- Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
- Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
- Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability," accessed November 18, 2014