Lexington School District One, South Carolina

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Lexington School District One
Lexington County, South Carolina
Lexington School District One logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Karen C. Woodward
Enrollment:22,423 students
Graduation rate:88.2%[1]
Number of schools:30
Budget: $261.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Cynthia S. Smith
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lexington School District One is a school district in South Carolina that serves Lexington County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Lexington School District One was the ninth-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 22,423 students in 30 schools with an operating budget of $261.1 million.[2]

About the district

Lexington School District One is located in Lexington County, South Carolina.
Lexington School District One is located in Lexington County, South Carolina. The county seat of Lexington County is Lexington. Lexington County is home to 262,391 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Lexington County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.9 percent of Lexington 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 Lexington County was $53,644 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Lexington County was 12.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Lexington County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 80.9 68.3
Black or African American 15.1 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.7 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Lexington County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 34,148 76,662
2008 33,303 74,960
2004 25,393 67,132
2000 22,830 58,095

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.[4][5]


The superintendent of Lexington School District One is Dr. Karen C. Woodward.[6]

School board

The Lexington One Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of seven members elected to staggered four-year terms. They serve the district at-large.[7]

Lexington One Board of Education
Member Role Assumed Office Term Ends
Cynthia S. Smith Chair 2000 2016
G. Edwin Harmon Vice Chair 2000 2016
Debbie Knight Secretary 2010 2018
Sandra Backman Member 2010 2018
Jean N. Haggard Member 2012 2016
Brad Pitts Member 2010 2018
Brent M. Powers Member 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Lexington School District One elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Four 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 on its website:

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees solicits the advice and counsel of its citizens.

However, you must be a parent/guardian of a student in Lexington County School District One or a taxpayer of the district to participate.

To encourage this participation, the Board provides a 15 minute public participation period at each of its regular monthly board meetings.

The Board established the following procedures for individuals interested in addressing the Board:

  • An individual may address the board for up to three minutes.

  • Complete the “I would like to address the Lexington County School District One Board” card available at the meetings and drop it into the box located outside the Auditorium.

  • The Chairman will recognize each person by name.

  • Speakers may offer comments on agenda items or on school operations, programs or other matters of concern to them. However, individuals may not speak about any one individual whether student or teacher. (There are other ways to bring those situations to the Board’s attention. Contact the Superintendent or the Board Chairman for details.)

  • Speakers should not expect the Board to reply to the speakers’ remarks during Citizens’ Participation. The Board may elect to discuss the matter. However, the Board will not take action during the meeting in response to questions raised during Citizens’ Participation.

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.[8]

—Lexington School District One's website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Lexington School District One:[2]

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
2013-2014 $138,407,678 53% $0 0% $85,671,063 32.8% $24,030,876 9.2% $13,081,505 5% $261,191,122
Averages: $138,407,678 53% $0 0% $85,671,063 33% $24,030,876 9% $13,081,505 5% $261,191,122

Teacher salaries

Lexington One 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 31,686 54,351
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 33,230 56,249
Master's degree 36,650 61,923
Master's degree + 30 hours 39,942 65,615
Doctorate 42,754 74,246

Schools in Lexington School District One


The district served 22,423 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.5 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 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 21,880 N/A
2010-2011 22,156 1.3
2011-2012 22,423 1.2

District schools

Lexington School District One operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Lexington School District One Schools
School Name
Carolina Springs Elementary School
Carolina Springs Middle School
Deerfield Elementry
Forts Pond Elementary School
Gilbert Elementary School
Gilbert High School
Gilbert Middle School
Gilbert Primary School
Lake Murray Elementary School
Lexington Elementary School
Lexington High School
Lexington Middle School
Lexington Technology Center
Meadow Glen Elementary School
Meadow Glen Middle School
Midway Elementary School
New Providence Elementary School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Pelion Elementary School
Pelion High School
Pelion Middle School
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Pleasant Hill Middle School
Red Bank Elementary School
River Bluff High School
Rocky Creek Elementary School
Saxe Gotha Elementary School
White Knoll Elementary School
White Knoll High School
White Knoll Middle School

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 80.8 51.4
Math 80.3 46.7
Science 79.2 36.0
Social Studies 83.5 48.3
Writing 78.7 42.2

Contact information

Lexington School District One logo.jpg
Lexington School District One
100 Tarrar Springs Road
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: (803) 821-1000

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 United States Census Bureau, "Lexington County, South Carolina," accessed July 29, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lexington School District One, "Budget Information," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. South Carolina State Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 19, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Lexington School District One, "Superintendent's Office," accessed November 26, 2014
  7. Lexington School District One, "Board," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Lexington School District One, "Guidelines for Citizens’ Participation," accessed November 26, 2014
  10. Lexington School District One, "Certified Salary Schedule," accessed November 26, 2014
  11. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Average Daily Membership and Attendance," accessed November 19, 2014
  12. South Carolina Department of Education, "Lexington School District One," accessed November 24, 2014
  13. South Carolina State Department of Education, "Report Cards," accessed November 19, 2014
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