Monongalia County Schools, West Virginia

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Monongalia County Schools
Monongalia County, West Virginia
Monongalia County Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Frank Devono
Graduation rate:81.9%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $136.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Barbara L. Parsons
Board members:5
Term length:4
Monongalia County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the seventh-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 11,192 students in 18 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Monongalia County Schools is located in Monongalia County, West Virginia
Monongalia County Schools is located in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Monongalia County is home to 102,274 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Monongalia County outperformed the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.3 percent of Monongalia 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 Monongalia County was $41,326 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Monongalia County was 22.6 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Monongalia County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 91.2 94.0
Black or African American 3.8 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3.0 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 1.8 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 27,029 48.4
Republican 15,943 28.6
Mountain 85 0.2
Other 727 1.3
No Party 12,053 21.6

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 Monongalia County Schools is Frank Devono.[6]

School board

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

Monongalia County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Barbara L. Parsons At-large 2018
Mike Kelly At-large 2018
Clarence Harvey, Jr. At-large 2018
Nancy Walker At-large 2016
Ron Lytle At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Monongalia County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Monongalia 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 in board meetings

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



School Laws of West Virginia has adopted public participation procedures for Board of Education meetings.


The Board adopts as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation at Board meetings:

1. Any citizen, including employees of the school system and students, may appear and address the Board.
2. Any individual desiring to speak shall announce his/her name, address, and subject matter to be addressed.
3. The presentation should be as brief as possible and limited to the stated subject matter. A speaker shall be limited to five (5) minutes, unless the Board grants an extension of time.
4. Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concern them, but in public session, the Board President will not permit personal complaints lodged against school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.[8]

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


The table below displays the budget for Monongalia 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
2011-2012 $84,402,069 60.1% $23,010,785 16.4% $13,559,713 9.7% $4,366,474 3.1% $15,081,708 10.7% $140,420,749
2014-2015 $73,027,300 53.5% $23,077,960 16.9% $22,355,810 16.4% $4,393,460 3.2% $13,719,540 10% $136,574,070
Averages: $78,714,684.5 57% $23,044,372.5 17% $17,957,761.5 13% $4,379,967 3% $14,400,624 10% $138,497,409.5

Teacher salaries

Monongalia 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 Monongalia County Board of Education and the state of West Virginia:[12]

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 Monongalia County Schools


The district served 11,192 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 6.9 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[13]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 10,221 NA
2008-2009 10,294 0.7
2009-2010 10,459 1.6
2010-2011 10,731 2.6
2011-2012 10,929 1.8
2012-2013 11,029 0.9
2013-2014 11,192 1.4

District schools

Monongalia County Schools operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Monongalia County Schools
School Name
Brookhaven Elementary
Cheat Lake Elementary
Clay Battelle High
Clay Battelle Middle
Eastwood Elementary
Mason Dixon Elementary
Morgantown High
Mountaineer Middle
Mylan Park Elementary
North Elementary
Ridgedale Elementary
Skyview Elementary
South Middle
Suncrest Middle
Suncrest Primary
University High
Westwood Middle

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 Monongalia County Schools.[15][16]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Monongalia County Schools[17]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 6,942 3,816 54.96
Reading/Language Arts 6,937 3,829 55.1
Science 5,426 2,712 49.98
Social Studies 6,873 3,380 49.1


New school

In March 2014, the Monongalia County school board asked the state school building authority (SBA) for nearly $11 million of the $16 million needed to build a new elementary school in the district. The board is looking at replacing 96-year-old Suncrest Primary Elementary, which is in need of upgrades and overpopulated. The land for the new school has already been secured and the district administration supports the decision. Schools across the state have asked for more than $100 million in funding for similar projects from the SBA. The SBA has said it only has $45 million to allocate statewide. Monongalia County Schools was allocated $8.6 million for the new school project in April 2014.[18][19]

Contact information

Monongalia County Schools logo.png
Monongalia County Schools

13 South High Street
Morgantown, WV 26501

Phone: (304) 291-9210

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. West Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation Rate - Accountability Year 2013-14," accessed June 25, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Monongalia County, West Virginia," accessed April 9, 2014
  4. West Virginia Secretary of State, "West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed April 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Monongalia County Schools, "Directory," accessed June 15, 2014
  7. Monongalia County Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed June 15, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Monongalia County Schools, "Policies," accessed June 15, 2014
  10. Monongalia County Schools, "Monongalia County Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 12, 2013
  11. Monongalia County Schools, "FY 2015 Budget Presentation," accessed December 10, 2014
  12. West Virginia Education Association, "Salary Schedules," accessed June 15, 2014
  13. West Virginia Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed June 15, 2014
  14. Monongalia County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 15, 2014
  15. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST 2 Parent Brochure," accessed June 12, 2014
  16. West Virginia Department of Education, "Assessment and Accountability," accessed June 12, 2014
  17. West Virginia Department of Education, "WESTEST2/APTA Assessment Data - School Year 2012-13," accessed June 15, 2014
  18. Andrew Clay, 12 WBOY, "Mon. County School Request $11 Million for New School," March 19, 2014
  19. WKOW TV "WV School Building Authority hands out money to schools," April 28, 2014