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Lowndes County Schools, Georgia

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Lowndes County Schools
Lowndes County, Georgia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Wes Taylor
Graduation rate:75.9%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $78.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Fred Wetherington
Board members:7
Term length:4
Lowndes County Schools is a school district in Georgia. It is the 37th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 10,421 students in 11 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $78.5 million.[2]

About the district

Lowndes County Schools is located in Lowndes County, Georgia
Lowndes County Schools is located in Lowndes County, Georgia. Lowndes County is home to 114,638 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Lowndes County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.3 percent of Lowndes County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Lowndes County was $38,348 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Lowndes County was 23.4percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Lowndes County (%) Georgia (%)
White 58.9 62.8
Black or African American 37.0 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.5 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 44.5 54.4 0.8
2008 52.2 47.0 0.8
2004 41.4 58.0 0.6
2000 43.2 55.0 1.8

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Lowndes County Schools is Wes Taylor. He has held the position since 2012. Taylor earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, his master's degree from Georgia Southwestern State University and his educational specialist degree from Florida State University. He worked as a high school principal for 21 years prior to his appointment. Taylor work for 10 years in Florida and 11 in Georgia, where he served the last nine years as the principal of Lowndes High School.[6]

School board

The Lowndes County school board is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[7]

Lowndea County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Mike Davis District 1 2014
Fred Wetherington District 2 2014
Brian Browning District 3 2014
Jason Wisenbaker District 4 2016
Dave Clark District 5 2016
Philip Poole District 6 2016
Fred Davis District 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Lowndes County Schools elections (2014)

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

Public participation in board meetings

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

The Lowndes County Board of Education represents the citizens of Lowndes County. Board meetings are open to the public. The Board confirms the right and desirability of members of the public expressing their points of view to the Board. Delegations or individuals who wish to speak at Board meetings are subject to the regulations below.


  • Matters concerning an individual school shall be discussed first with the teachers.
  • If the problem cannot be resolved with the teacher, the matter or concern should be discussed with the administration of the school.
  • If the problem cannot be resolved at the school level, it shall then be brought to the superintendent or his designee.
  • If the problem cannot be resolved with the superintendent of schools, it may then be brought to the Board of Educati**on.


  • Time may be set aside at Board of Education meetings for public comment.
  • Persons who wish to speak on a particular agenda item at a meeting must sign in prior to the meeting, stating name and topic of discussion.
  • The following rules for addressing the Board of Education shall apply:
    • Up to three (3) persons may speak on each side of an issue.
    • Each speaker shall be limited to three (3) minutes.
    • Personnel issues shall not be discussed in open meetings, except as provided for Federal, State and local law and policy. References to an employee must be made using the terms teacher, administrator or employee.
    • Persons who refuse to follow accepted rules of conduct may be removed from the meeting.
    • Persons speaking must address the Board of Education rather than the audience.[8]

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


The table below displays the budget for Lowndes County Schools:[10]

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 $57,121,971.52 72.7% $2,641,425.11 3.4% $7,076,140.90 9% $0.00 0% $11,687,386.95 14.9% $78,526,924.48
2013-2014 $63,797,352.63 81.3% $2,626,136.91 3.3% $7,321,388.33 9.3% $0.00 0% $4,706,193.93 6% $78,451,071.80
Averages: $60,459,662.08 77% $2,633,781.01 3% $7,198,764.62 9% $0 0% $8,196,790.44 10% $78,488,998.14

Teacher salaries

Lowndes County teacher salaries are based on years of service and teacher certification. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing various teaching certifications. The salary schedule also accounts for experience by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries depending on years of service. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Georgia Department of Education:[11]

Salary structure
Years of experience Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
0-2 years 31,586 48,213
3-5 years 32,505 52,683
6-8 years 35,550 58,974
9-10 years 38,847 60,743
11-12 years 40,012 62,565
13-14 years 41,212 64,442
15-16 years 42,448 66,375
17-18 years 43,721 68,366
19-20 years 45,033 70,417
21+ years 46,384 72,530

Schools in Lowndes County Schools


The district served 10,421 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 6.7 percent increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2014:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 9,759 NA
2009-2010 10,079 3.2
2010-2011 10,323 2.4
2011-2012 10,292 -0.3
2012-2013 10,439 1.4
2013-2014 10,421 -0.1

District schools

Lowndes County Schools operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Lowndes County Schools
School Name
Clyattville Elementary School
Dewar Elementary School
Hahira Elementary School
Hahira Middle School
Lake Park Elementary School
Lowndes High School
Lowndes Middle School
Moulton-Branch Elementary School
Pine Grove Elementary School
Pine Grove Middle School
Westside Elementary School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Georgia, a district meets AYP standards if they have 95% test participation, academic performance (Annual Measurable Objective) and a second indicator of either attendance rate or graduation rate. Lowndes County Schools did not meet AYP in 2010 and 2011.[14]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2010 2011
Test participation Y
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Academic performance Y
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Second indicator Y
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AYP Group Status N
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Contact information

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Lowndes County Schools

1592 Norman Drive
Valdosta, GA 31601

Phone: (229) 245-2250

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