Lee County Schools, North Carolina

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Lee County Schools
Lee County, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Andy Bryan
Graduation rate:85.2%[1]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $85.6 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynn Smith
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lee County Schools is a school district in North Carolina. It is the 37th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 9,931 students in 16 schools during the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $85.6 million.[3]

About the district

Lee County Schools is located in Lee County, North Carolina
Lee County Schools is located in Lee County, North Carolina. Lee County is home to 59,715 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Lee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.0 percent of Lee 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 Lee County was $45,284 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Lee County was 17.4 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Lee County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 75.4 71.9
Black or African American 20.3 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 1.0 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 19.4 8.7

2013 Party Affiliation, Lee County [5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 15,983 46.6
Republican 9,911 28.9
Libertarian 100 0.3
No Party 8,337 24.3

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.[6]


The superintendent of Lee County Schools is Andy Bryan. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Longwood College and the University of Virginia, respectively. Bryan began his career in education as a history teacher and basketball and football coach. He worked in various roles, such as athletic director and assistant principal, before becoming the principal at Rockbridge County High School in Virginia. He joined Lee County Schools in 2006 as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Bryan was named as superintendent in July 2013.[7]

School board

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

Lee County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Lynn Smith At-large 2014
Mark Akinosho At-large 2014
John T. Bonardi At-large 2014
Tamara Brogan At-large 2016
Wendy Hughes Carlyle At-large 2016
Cameron Sharpe At-large 2016
Linda A. Smith At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Lee County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Lee County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in November. Three seats are up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school district. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.

The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school district, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school district. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the board. A part of each regular scheduled meeting shall be set aside for public comments.

In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens of Lee County desiring to address the board shall be given the opportunity to sign-up the day of the meeting in order to be placed on the board agenda. The chairperson will allow three (3) minutes per person, not to exceed 30 minutes for public comments.
The sign-up sheet will include:

  • The name and address of the person wishing to address the board.
  • If the individual is speaking on behalf of a group, the group will be identified.
  • Materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted at the time the chair recognizes the speaker.
  • The sign-up sheet will be placed in a manner to allow the citizen(s) to sign 30 minutes prior to the meeting and will be collected, by the board clerk, 5 minutes prior to the “Call to Order” of the meeting.

To ensure an orderly presentation and disposition of items, board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Information received during presentations shall not be acted upon at the meeting it is received. However, the above provision may be waived by unanimous vote of the board. Public comments shall not interfere with the board's duty to conduct orderly and efficient meetings. Individuals who address the board shall not use language that is obscene, vulgar, contains fighting words or otherwise disrupts the orderly conduct of business. Discussions regarding particular employees, litigation, student records or other potentially confidential matters may not be discussed during the public comment session. Persons who willfully interrupt, disrupt or cause disturbances at official meetings of the Board may be directed to leave by the board chair. The board chair shall determine whether matters of discussion are inconsistent with these restrictions or other requirements for public comment, and may rule the speaker out of order, if necessary. Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting shall be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

If the board does not hold a regular scheduled meeting during a month, the board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a two-thirds majority of the board members present votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.[9]

—Lee County Schools website, (2014), [10]


The table below displays the budget for Lee County Schools:[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
2012-2013 $64,947,369.08 73.2% $212,976 0.2% $10,125,364.88 11.4% $0 0% $13,405,902.13 15.1% $88,691,612.09
2013-2014 $63,308,355.26 73.9% $9,406,232.28 11% $282,937 0.3% $0 0% $12,655,831.50 14.8% $85,652,941.04
Averages: $64,127,862.17 74% $4,809,604.14 6% $5,204,150.94 6% $0 0% $13,030,866.82 15% $87,172,276.57

Teacher salaries

Lee 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. All certified educators working in North Carolina school districts are required to be paid from the legislated salary schedule. This schedule is approved annually by the North Carolina General Assembly. While the state sets the minimum amounts, a district may approve additional funds to account for variables such as location, market conditions or school demographics. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by North Carolina and Lee County Schools:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA, 0-10 years 30,800 40,100
BA, 11-20 years 37,110 47,330
BA, 21-30 years 42,820 54,160
BA, 31+ years 49,030 59,560
MA, 0-10 years 33,880 44,110
MA, 11-20 years 40,820 52,070
MA, 21-30 years 47,100 59,580
MA, 31+ years 53,930 65,520

Schools in Lee County Schools


The district served 9,931 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 0.98 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[13]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2010-2011 9,834 NA
2011-2012 9,931 0.98

District schools

Lee County Schools operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Lee County Schools
School Name
B.T. Bullock Elementary School (K-5)
Bragg Street Academy (6-12)
Broadway Elementary School (K-5)
Deep River Elementary School (K-5)
East Lee Middle School (6-8)
F. L. Knight/The Children’s Center (Serving ages 3 – 21)
Greenwood Elementary School (K-5)
J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School (K-5)
J.R. Ingram, Jr. Elementary School (K-5)
Lee County High School (9-12)
Lee Early College (9-13)
SanLee Middle School (6-8)
Southern Lee High School (9-12)
Tramway Elementary School (K-5)
Warren Williams Alternative Elementary School
West Lee Middle School (6-8)

Academic performance

Academic performance information for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the United States Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. During the 2010-2011 school year, three out of 16 schools in the Lee County school district met the AYP in North Carolina.[15]

District SAT scores, 2012[16]
Best possible score District average score State average score
SAT 1600 963 997
SAT 2400 1408 1469
District ACT scores, 2012[17]
Best possible score District average score State average score
36 17.6 18.2

Contact information

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Lee County Schools

106 Gordon Street
P.O. Box 1010
Sanford, NC 27330

Phone: (919) 774-6226

See also

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