Mercer County Schools, West Virginia

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Mercer County Schools
Mercer County, West Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Deborah S. Akers
Enrollment:9,585
Graduation rate:78.5%[1]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $123.8 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:5
Term length:4
Mercer County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the ninth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 9,585 students in 26 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $123.8 million.[3]

About the district

Mercer County Schools is located in Mercer County, West Virginia
Mercer County Schools is located in Mercer County, West Virginia. Mercer County is home to 62,395 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Mercer County slightly underperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.4 percent of Mercer County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9 percent for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Mercer County was $34,517 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Mercer County was 20.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Mercer County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 91.5 94.0
Black or African American 6.3 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.5 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 1.5 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 0.9 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 20,507 52.4
Republican 9,827 25.1
Mountain 61 0.2
Other 715 1.8
No Party 8,027 20.5

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]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Mercer County Schools is Deborah S. Akers.[7]

School board

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

Mercer County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Gilbert Bailey At-large 2018
Gregory S. Prudich At-large 2018
J.B. Hurt At-large 2018
Mary Alice Kauffman At-large 2016
Paul Hodges At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Mercer County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Mercer 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 two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation at board meetings

The board does not maintain publicly available guidelines for public participation in board meetings as of June 26, 2014.

Budget

Mercer County Schools publishes its annual budget on its website:[9]

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 $79,251,000 64% $3,642,000 2.9% $40,914,000 33% $0 0% $0 0% $123,807,000
Averages: $79,251,000 64% $3,642,000 3% $40,914,000 33% $0 0% $0 0% $123,807,000

Teacher salaries

Mercer 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. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Mercer County Board of Education:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($)
B.A. 31,675 52,484
B.A. + 15 35,528 53,337
MA 34,487 55,296
MA + 15 35,344 56,153
MA + 30 36,201 57,010
MA + 45 36,962 57,771
D 38,088 58,897

Schools in Mercer County Schools

Enrollment

The district served 9,585 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.0 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[11]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 9,484 NA
2008-2009 9,538 0.5
2009-2010 9,552 0.1
2010-2011 9,611 0.6
2011-2012 9,657 0.4
2012-2013 9,673 0.1
2013-2014 9,585 -0.9

District schools

Mercer County Schools operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Mercer County Schools
School Name
ATHENS SCHOOL (K-5)
BLUEFIELD INTERMEDIATE (3-5)
BLUEFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
BLUEWELL ELEMENTARY (K-5)
BRUSHFORK ELEMENTARY (K-5)
CERES ELEMENTARY (K-5)
CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS ELC (PRE-K)
EDUCATION CENTER
GLENWOOD SCHOOL (K-8)
LASHMEET/MATOAKA (K-5)
LUEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
MELROSE ELEMENTARY (K-5)
MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY (K-2)
MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL
MERCER ELEMENTARY (3-5)
MONTCALM ELEMENTARY (K-6)
MONTCALM HIGH SCHOOL (7-12)
OAKVALE (K-5)
PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
PIKEVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
PRINCETON MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
PRINCETON PRIMARY (K-2)
PRINCETON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
SILVER SPRINGS ELC (PRE-K)
SPANISHBURG (K-5)
STRALEY ELEMENTARY (3-5)
SUN VALLEY ELEMENTARY (K-5)
WHITETHORN ELEMENTARY (K-2)

Academic performance

West Virginia measures academic performance through WESTEST 2. The assessment measures student performance in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science based on the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The development of the CSOs was led by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Instruction with participation from the Office of Assessment and Accountability, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning and educators from around the state. Students enrolled in grades three through 11 participate in the assessments. WESTTEST 2 is also used as an accountability assessment to determine school, county and state status for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations by the state and federal government. The table below lists the results for Mercer County Schools.[13][14]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Mercer County Schools[15]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 6,055 2,780 45.9
Reading/Language Arts 6,057 2,582 42.6
Science 4,806 1,662 34.5
Social Studies 5,977 2,061 34.4

Contact information

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Mercer County Schools

1403 Honaker Ave
Princeton WV 24740

Phone: (304) 487-1551

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