Mobile County Public Schools, Alabama

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Mobile County Public Schools
Mobile, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Martha L. Peek
Enrollment:57,577 students
Graduation rate:75%[1]
Number of schools:91
Budget: $719.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Reginald Crenshaw
Board members:5
Term length:6
Mobile County Public Schools is a school district in Alabama that served 57,577 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Mobile County Public Schools is located in Mobile County, Alabama
Mobile County Public Schools is located in Mobile County, Alabama. Mobile County is home to 414,079 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Mobile County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.3 percent of Mobile County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Mobile County was $42,973 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Mobile County was 19.5 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Mobile County (%) Alabama (%)
White 60.5 70.0
Black or African American 35.2 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.7
Asian 1.9 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.5 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 54.3 45.0 0.7
2008 54.0 45.0 1.0
2004 58.7 40.7 0.6

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.[6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools is Martha L. Peek. Hired by the school board on June 19, 2012, Peek previously served in the school system for nearly 40 years as a teacher, principal at Dixon Elementary in Irvington, deputy superintendent and interim superintendent. In October 2014, the board unanimously voted to extend her contract by two years.[7] A native of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, Peek graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Southern Alabama.[8]

School board

Mobile County schools are overseen by a partisan five-member board elected to six-year terms.[9]

Mobile County School Board
Member Party District Assumed Office Term Ends
L. Douglas Harwell Jr. Ends.png Republican 1 2012 2018
Don Stringfellow Ends.png Republican 2 2012 2018
Reginald Crenshaw Electiondot.png Democratic 3 2014 2020
Robert Edward Battles Sr. Electiondot.png Democratic 4 2014 2020
William Foster Ends.png Republican 5 2010 2016

School board elections

See also: Mobile County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Mobile County school board are elected to staggered six-year terms. Elections take place every even year. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and one seat is up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Chapter 2.00 – School Board Operations
2.317 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Members of the public and delegations are permitted to address the board at all board meetings. No delegations shall be permitted during special meetings unless the board votes to suspend the rules to allow delegations.

A person who desires to appear before the board in official meetings as an individual citizen or as a duly authorized representative of a group of citizens or parents in Mobile County shall be afforded the opportunity of doing so by complying with the following provisions:

  • 1. Before appearing before the board, a person must assure exhaust all remedies available to resolve the issue with the superintendent or her/his designee where applicable.
  • 2. The person/delegate shall notify the superintendent or her or his designee (verbally or in writing) no later than 15 minutes prior to the time of the board meeting, stating in general the nature of the matter to be discussed.
  • 3. All visitors shall be expected to demonstrate respectful behavior and shall not obstruct the orderly functions of the board. The presiding officer shall retain the privilege of ordering removal of disruptive persons from the board room.
  • 4. People addressing the board shall be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes of uninterrupted time to make his/her presentation. The oral presentation may be accompanied by written copies for distribution to the board members and superintendent.
  • 5. The character, reputation or good name of an individual shall not be disparaged in the presentation.
  • 6. A copy of these rules shall be made available to any member of the public notifying the superintendent of his or her desire to address the board.[10]

School Board Policy Book Chapter 2-School Board Operations[11]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Mobile County Public Schools:[12]

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 $304,403,639 48% $82,638,509 13% $156,105,649 24.6% $25,440,097 4% $66,046,538 10.4% $634,634,432
2014-2015 $308,696,396 42.9% $84,337,688 11.7% $131,420,592 18.3% $26,217,302 3.6% $169,227,741 23.5% $719,899,719
Averages: $306,550,017.5 45% $83,488,098.5 12% $143,763,120.5 21% $25,828,699.5 4% $117,637,139.5 17% $677,267,075.5

Teacher Salaries

Mobile County Schools employed 3,838 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] The following table details the 2014-2015 Alabama state minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers:[13]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Non-Degree 36,867 46,917
Bachelor 36,867 46,917
Master 42,395 53,792
6-Year 45,714 57,916
Doctoral 49,032 62,040

Schools in Mobile County

Enrollment

Mobile County Public Schools served 57,577 students in 91 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has experienced a decrease in enrollment in most recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 64,109
2005-2006 64,721 0.9
2006-2007 64,178 -0.8
2007-2008 63,424 -1.2
2008-2009 61,398 -3.3
2009-2010 61,587 0.3
2010-2011 61,181 -0.7
2011-2012 58,756 -4.1
2012-2013 57,407 -2.3
2013-2014 57,577 0.3

District schools

Mobile County Public Schools operates 91 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[15][16]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[17]

Contact information

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Mobile County Public Schools
1 Magnum Pass
Mobile, AL 36618
Phone: 251-221-4000

See also

External links

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References

  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Mobile County, Alabama," accessed November 21, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Mobile County, Alabama," accessed May 16, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. AL.com, "Mobile County school board extends superintendent's contract for 2 years," October 27, 2014
  8. Mobile County Public Schools, "Bio of Martha L. Peek," accessed November 21, 2014
  9. Mobile County Public Schools, "Board Commissioners," accessed November 21, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Mobile County Public Schools, "School Board Policy Book Chapter 2-School Board Operations," accessed November 21, 2014
  12. Mobile County Public Schools, "Budget Documents," accessed November 29, 2013
  13. Alabama State Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2015," April 29, 2014
  14. Mobile County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed November 20, 2014
  15. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  16. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  17. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014