Lenoir County Public Schools, North Carolina

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Lenoir County Public Schools
Kinston, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Steve Mazingo
Enrollment:9,375 students
Graduation rate:77.3%[1]
Number of schools:17
Budget: $93.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jon Sargeant
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lenoir County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 9,375 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 39th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Lenoir County Public Schools is located in Lenoir County, North Carolina
Lenoir County Public Schools is located in Lenoir County, North Carolina. The county seat of Lenoir County is Kinston. Lenoir County is home to 58,914 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Lenoir 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 14.1 percent of Lenoir 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 Lenoir County was $34,440 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Lenoir County was 24.9 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Lenoir County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 56.5 71.7
Black or African American 40.9 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.6
Asian 0.7 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.1 8.9

Lenoir County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 9,504 26.3
Democratic 23,004 58.9
Libertarian 62 0.2
Unaffiliated 6,459 16.5

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.[5]


The superintendent of Lenoir County Public Schools is Steve Mazingo. Originally appointed to the position by the board of education on an interim basis, Mazingo has served in this role since July 2011. He has previously been superintendent of Greene County Schools and interim superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools.[6][7]

School board

Lenoir County schools are overseen by a partisan seven-member board elected to four-year terms. Five members are elected by geographic electoral districts and two members are elected at-large.[8]

Lenoir County School Board
Member District Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Billy Davis 1 Ends.png Republican 2014 2018
Keith King 2 Ends.png Republican 2014 2018
Jon Sargeant 3 Electiondot.png Democratic 2012 2016
Garland Nobles, Jr. 4 Electiondot.png Democratic 2008 2016
Walter Anderson 5 Electiondot.png Democratic 2014 2018
Merwyn K. Smith At-large Electiondot.png Democratic 2012 2016
Bruce Hill At-large Electiondot.png Democratic 2004 2016

School board elections

See also: Lenoir County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Lenoir County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections take place 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 Lenoir County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. 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 system, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school system. In order that the board may conduct an orderly meeting while providing an opportunity for input, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or subsection A.3.b of policy 2300, Board Meetings, which addresses public hearings.


In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least six working days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

the name and address of the person or persons making the request;
the organization or group, if any, represented; and
a brief explanation of the nature of the item. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request.

The superintendent shall confer with the board chair concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion. The superintendent, with the consent of the board chair, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and board chair.

The superintendent shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation when the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting. The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section C, Citizen Comments and Reports of Complaints, below.)

The board chair shall establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.


Each month, a part of at least one regularly scheduled board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board through public comment. No one will be heard in open session regarding a specific student or employee matter. These matters involve confidential information and are not appropriate for public comment. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the board. The board chair shall decide the amount of time devoted to public comments. Generally, comments will be limited to three minutes per person. Yielding time to another speaker is not permitted. A total of 12 minutes will be allocated for comments from the audience on each item unless the board votes to expand this allocation. The superintendent may develop additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

If the board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a majority of the board votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.


Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee shall make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[9]

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


The table below displays the budget for Lenoir County Public 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
2009-2010 $54,339,667 58.4% $5,006,694 5.4% $17,848,155 19.2% $0 0% $15,881,958 17.1% $93,076,474
Averages: $54,339,667 58% $5,006,694 5% $17,848,155 19% $0 0% $15,881,958 17% $93,076,474

Teacher salaries

Lenoir County Schools employed 597 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 Lenoir County


Lenoir County Public Schools served 9,375 students in 17 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Lenoir County Public Schools operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Lenoir County Public Schools
Banks Elementary
Contentnea-Savannah School
E. B. Frink Middle
Kinston High
La Grange Elementary
Lenoir County Early College High
Moss Hill Elementary
North Lenoir High
Northeast Elementary
Northwest Elementary
Pink Hill Elementary
Rochelle Middle
Sampson School
South Lenoir High
Southeast Elementary
Southwood Elementary
Woodington Middle

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 Lenoir 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 1,562 2,228 70.1%
2012-2013 662 2,292 28.9%

Contact information

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Lenoir County Public Schools
2017 W Vernon Ave.
Kinston, NC 28504
Phone: 252-527-1109
Fax: 252-527-6884

See also

External links

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  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Lenoir 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, "Lenoir County Public Schools," accessed April 22, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Lenoir 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. WCTI 12, "New Temporary Superintendent for Lenoir County Schools," July 6, 2011
  7. Cloud Computing Magazine, "Former Arendell Parrott Academy Headmaster, Greene County Schools Superintendent Steve Mazingo named Edgecombe County Schools interim superintendent," February 18, 2010
  8. Lenoir County Public Schools, "Lenoir County Board of Education," accessed December 1, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Lenoir County School Board Policy Manual, "2310: Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed December 1, 2014
  11. Lenior County Public Schools, "2009-10 Budget," accessed December 5, 2013
  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. Lenoir County Public Schools, "Our Schools and Facilities," 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