Onslow County Schools, North Carolina

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Onslow County Schools
Onslow County, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Rick Stout
Enrollment:24,989
Graduation rate:87.9%[1]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $199.9 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Pamela Thomas
Board members:7
Term length:4
Onslow County Schools is a school district in North Carolina. It is the 14th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 24,989 students in 37 schools during the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $199.9 million.[3]

About the district

Onslow County Schools is located in Onslow County, North Carolina
Onslow County Schools is located in Onslow County, North Carolina. Onslow County is home to 183,263 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Onslow County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.3 percent of Onslow 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 Onslow County was $45,812 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Onslow County was 13.9 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Onslow County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 76.6 71.9
Black or African American 16.2 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 4.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 11.1 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 33,154 35.0
Democratic 30,614 32.3
Libertarian 487 0.5
No Party 30,420 32.1

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.[6]

Supintendent

The superintendent of Onslow County Schools is Rick Stout. He was appointed to the position in December 2013. Stout earned a bachelor’s degree from Atlantic Christian College. He earned both a master’s and an education specialist degrees at Eastern Carolina University. He is also in the process of completing course work for his doctorate in education at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Stout previously served as the superintendent of Scotland County Schools, an assistant superintendent with Alamance-Burlington School System and an associate superintendent with Beaufort County Schools. He has also served as principal at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.

School board

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

Onslow County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Pamela Thomas At-large 2016
Brock Ridge At-large 2018
Joel Churchwell At-large 2018
Bob Williams At-large 2018
Jeffrey L. Brown At-large 2016
Earl Taylor At-large 2016
Paul L. Wiggins At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Onslow County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Onslow 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 Onslow County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

To conduct meetings of the Onslow County Board of Education in an orderly and efficient manner, the following guidelines have been established governing public participation at Board meetings:

A. Public Participation Request

  • Speakers must sign in within one hour prior to the time of the Board meeting. The "Request to Address the Board" form(s) will be made available by and remain in possession of the Superintendent or his designee. All requested information must be provided. Groups are asked to appoint a single spokesperson.
  • Ten (10) minutes prior to the convening of the Board meeting, the request form(s) will be presented to the Chairman of the Board of Education. The Chairman will invite speakers to the podium in the order in which they have registered.
  • To maximize participation, comments will be limited to three (3) minutes per speaker. Time may be extended upon Board vote.
  • Comments must be issue-oriented. Subjects normally handled in closed session cannot be discussed in open session. The Chairman retains the right to limit discussion when such discussion becomes libelous, slanderous, personally colored, or unrelated to the topic being considered.
  • Any speaker who wishes to provide printed material to the Board, excluding petitions, must present twenty-five (25) copies of the material to the School/Community Relations officer for distribution to Board members, staff, media, and interested attendees.

B. Agenda Request

  • Individuals or groups may request that items be placed on the agenda by completing the "Request to Appear on Agenda" form. This form may be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent. This form must be returned to the Office of the Superintendent by 8:00am five (5) business days preceding the date of the Board meeting.
  • Approval for granting appearances and time limitations will be decided by the Chairman, the Superintendent, or the full Board. The Chairman may limit the number of speakers from one group.
  • Matters presented will be acted upon as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  • A majority vote of the Board may permit individuals or groups to appear before the Board without the above notification, provided the matter is of an emergency nature.
  • Comments must be issue-oriented. Subjects normally handled in closed session cannot be discussed in open session. The Chairman retains the right to limit discussion when such discussion becomes libelous, slanderous, personally colored, or unrelated to the topic being considered.
  • Any speaker who wishes to provide printed material to the Board, excluding petitions, must present twenty-five (25) copies of the material to the School/Community Relations officer for distribution to Board members, staff, media, and interested attendees.

C. Public Response

  • Comments must be in response to matters handled during the Board meeting.
  • Comments must be issue-oriented. Subjects normally handled in closed session cannot be discussed in open session. The Chairman retains the right to limit discussion when such discussion becomes libelous, slanderous, personally colored, or unrelated to the topic being considered.
  • Any speaker who wishes to provide printed material to the Board, excluding petitions, must present twenty-five (25) copies of the material to the School/Community Relations officer for distribution to Board members, staff, media, and interested attendees.
  • Speakers must preface comments with a statement of their name and address for the public record.[8]

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

Budget

Onslow County Schools does not publish its annual budget on its website:[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
2010-2011 $166,070,000 83.1% $8,181,000 4.1% $16,187,000 8.1% $7,521,000 3.8% $1,977,000 1% $199,936,000
Averages: $166,070,000 83% $8,181,000 4% $16,187,000 8% $7,521,000 4% $1,977,000 1% $199,936,000

Teacher salaries

Onslow 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. All certified educators working in North Carolina school districts are required to be paid from the legislated salary schedule. This schedule is approved annually by the general assembly. While the state sets the minimum amounts, a district may approve additional funds to account for variables such as location, market conditions or school demographics. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by North Carolina and Onslow County Schools:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA, 0-10 years 30,800 40,100
BA, 11-20 years 37,110 47,330
BA, 21-30 years 42,820 54,160
BA, 31+ years 49,030 59,560
MA, 0-10 years 33,880 44,110
MA, 11-20 years 40,820 52,070
MA, 21-30 years 47,100 59,580
MA, 31+ years 53,930 65,520

Schools in Onslow County Schools

Enrollment

The district served 24,989 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.6 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2010-2011 23,890 NA
2011-2012 24,989 4.6

District schools

Onslow County Schools operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Onslow County Schools
School Name
Bell Fork Elementary School
Blue Creek Elementary School
Carolina Forest International Elementary School
Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School of International Studies and Cultural Arts
Dixon Elementary School
Dixon High School
Dixon Middle School
Hunters Creek Elementary School
Hunters Creek Middle School
Jacksonville Commons Elementary School
Jacksonville Commons Middle School
Jacksonville High School
Meadow View Elementary
Morton Elementary School
New Bridge Middle School
Northside High School
Northwoods Elementary School
Northwoods Park Middle School
Onslow County Learning Center
Parkwood Elementary School
Queens Creek Elementary School
Richlands Elementary School
Richlands High School
Richlands Primary School
Sand Ridge Elementary School
Silverdale Elementary School
Southwest Elementary School
Southwest High School
Southwest Middle School
Stateside Elementary School
Summersill Elementary School
Swansboro Elementary School
Swansboro High School
Swansboro Middle School
Thompson Early Childhood Center
Trexler Middle School
White Oak High School

Academic performance

Academic performance information for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the United States Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. During the 2010-2011 school year, four out of 35 schools in the Onslow County school district met the AYP in North Carolina.[14]

District SAT scores, 2012[15]
Best possible score District average score State average score
SAT 1600 974 997
SAT 2400 1428 1469
District ACT scores, 2012[16]
Best possible score District average score State average score
36 17.6 18.2

Issues

School improvement plan

In March 2014, Onslow County commissioners approved a $145 million capital improvement plan to build six new schools in ten years. Commissioners approved the plan to maintain a fund balance that would not exceed 8 percent of annual expenditures, after rejecting an amendment proposed by the Board of Education that would allow a fund balance of 16 percent. Todd Lyman, Onslow County's Public Information Officer, said the commissioners wanted to use a sales tax to help pay for the plan. However, since the county does not have the authority to levy a sales tax, the Board of Commissioners agreed to petition the state for a sales tax to help fund county education initiatives. Some sources claimed that a property tax might help pay for the project as well. The Onslow County Schools' Capital Reserve fund would provide the initial investment of $13 million. Construction would begin in May 2015. Onslow County proposed a school bond referendum in 2013 that 60 percent of voters rejected due to a potential property tax increase.[17][18]

Contact information

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Onslow County Schools

200 Broadhurst Road
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540

Phone: (910) 455-2211

See also

External links

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References

  1. North Carolina Public Schools, "2013 School Districts *Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 5, 2014
  2. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Onslow County, North Carolina," accessed March 17, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed March 19, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Onslow County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 5, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Onslow County Schools, "OCS Policies," accessed June 5, 2014
  10. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  11. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Salary Guides," accessed June 5, 2014
  12. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 5, 2014
  13. Onslow County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 5, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed June 5, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT," accessed June 5, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed June 5, 2014
  17. WITN, "$145 Million Onslow School Improvement Plan Goes Back To School Board," March 18, 2014
  18. Christopher Thomas, The Daily News, Jacksonville, "Board of Education to continue discussing building funds," accessed March 20, 2014