Lincoln County Schools, North Carolina

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Lincoln County Schools
Lincolnton, North Carolina
District Profile
Superintendent:Sherry Hoyle
Enrollment:11,982 students
Graduation rate:87.9%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $80.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Candy Stevens Burgin
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lincoln County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 11,982 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 35th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Lincoln County Schools is located in Lincoln County, North Carolina
Lincoln County Schools is located in Lincoln County, North Carolina. The county seat of Lincoln County is Smithfield. Lincoln County is home to 79,740 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Lincoln 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 19.3 percent of Lincoln 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 Lincoln County was $50,065 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Lincoln County was 14.9 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Lincoln County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 91.8 71.7
Black or African American 5.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.6
Asian 0.6 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 8.9

Lincoln County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 21,979 42.3
Democratic 15,473 29.8
Libertarian 118 0.2
Unaffiliated 14,313 27.6

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 Lincoln County Schools is Dr. Sherry Hoyle. Appointed by the board in April 2011, Hoyle had been serving as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-12 for the district since 2007. Spending her entire educational career in Lincoln County Schools, she began as a teacher at Catawba Springs Elementary School in August 1986. Hoyle has a master's degree in art in elementary education from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a doctorate in educational leadership from UNC-Charlotte.[6]

School board

Lincoln County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms. Five members are elected by specific geographic districts and two members are elected at-large.[7]

Lincoln County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Cathy G. Davis 1 2012 2016
Clayton C. Mullis 2 2010 2014
Edward L. "Ed" Hatley 3 2008 2016
Tony A. Jenkins 4 2012 2016
Robert E. "Bob" Silver 5 2010 2014
Candy Stevens Burgin At-large 2010 2018
Mark L. Mullen At-large 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Lincoln County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Lincoln County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held 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 Lincoln 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 out 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. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or policy 2300, section D., paragraph 2, 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 or any board member at least seven (7) 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 chairperson of the board 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 chairperson, shall accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson. The superintendent shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section below, Reports of Complaints).The chairperson shall establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.


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.

To ensure an orderly discussion and disposition of items, discussion of agenda items will be limited to the members of the board; the superintendent; authorized school system personnel; or citizens who have prior approval or are recognized by the chairperson. Other persons present during the board meeting may speak only in response to a request or inquiry from a board member to obtain clarification of or additional information on the subject under consideration. Disruptions of a public meeting by any person or persons shall 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.[8]

—Lincoln County Schools website, (2014)[9]


The table below displays the budget for Lincoln County Schools:[10][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
2010-2011 $79,542,927 77% $6,222,838 6% $5,038,688 4.9% $6,604,596 6.4% $5,881,032 5.7% $103,290,081
2011-2012 $78,786,159 77% $6,603,620 6.5% $5,943,976 5.8% $8,423,957 8.2% $2,502,713 2.4% $102,260,425
2013-2014 $46,174,933 57.2% $13,186,592 16.3% $12,174,221 15.1% $0 0% $9,137,838 11.3% $80,673,584
Averages: $68,168,006.33 71% $8,671,016.67 9% $7,718,961.67 8% $5,009,517.67 5% $5,840,527.67 6% $95,408,030

Teacher salaries

Lincoln County Schools employed 781 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 Lincoln County


Lincoln County Schools served 11,982 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Lincoln County Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Lincoln County Schools
Battleground Elementary
Catawba Springs Elementary
Childers Elementary
East Lincoln High
East Lincoln Middle
G. E. Massey Elementary
Iron Station Elementary
Kiser Intermediate
Lincoln County School of Technology
Lincolnton High
Lincolnton Middle
Love Memorial Elementary
North Brook Elementary
North Lincoln High
North Lincoln Middle
Pumpkin Center Intermediate
Pumpkin Center Primary
Rock Springs Elementary
S. Ray Lowder Elementary
St. James Elementary
Union Elementary
West Lincoln High
West Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 2,379 2,796 85.1%
2012-2013 1,367 2,772 49.3%

Contact information

Lincoln County Schools
353 N. Generals Blvd
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: (704) 732-2261

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Lincoln 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, "Lincoln County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Lincoln 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. Lincoln County Schools, "Dr. Sherry Hoyle Named New School District Superintendent," April 13, 2011
  7. Lincoln County Schools, "Meet the Board," accessed December 1, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Lincoln County School Board Policy Manual, "Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed December 1, 2014
  10. Lincoln County Schools, "Lincoln County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 4, 2013
  11. Lincoln County Schools, "2014-15 Budget Message," accessed December 17, 2014
  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. Lincoln County Schools, "School Directory 2014-2015," 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