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Pitt County Schools, North Carolina

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Pitt County Schools
Greenville, North Carolina
Pitt County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Ethan Lenker
Enrollment:23,495 students
Graduation rate:82.7%[1]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $223.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Worth Forbes
Board members:12
Term length:6
Pitt County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 23,495 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3] This district is the 15th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Pitt County Schools is located in Pitt County, North Carolina
Pitt County Schools is located in Pitt County, North Carolina. The county seat of Pitt County is Greenville. Pitt County is home to 174,263 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Pitt County outperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Pitt 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 Pitt County was $40,452 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Pitt County was 24.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Pitt County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 61.2 71.9
Black or African American 34.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 1.7 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 8.7

2013 Party Affiliation, Pitt County[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 57,481 49.7
Republican 30,197 26.1
Libertarian 453 0.4
No Party 27,458 23.6


The superintendent of Pitt County Schools is Dr. Ethan Lenker. Appointed to the position by the board of education on July 15, 2013, Lenker previously served as superintendent of Sampson County Schools and Jones County Schools. He has also worked as a central office director, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. Lenker's contract runs though June 30, 2017, and he is paid $179,000 per year. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics education and master's in education administration from Virginia Tech and doctorate of education from East Carolina University.[6][7]

School board

Pitt County schools are overseen by a 12-member board elected to six-year staggered terms. Two members are selected from each of six electoral districts. One seat from each district is designated as Seat A and the other as Seat B.[8]

The 2014 elections were a transitional period for the Pitt school board, which, with the 2016 elections will consist of nine members elected to four-year terms. Prior to 2014 the board consisted of 12 members elected to six-year terms, with two members selected from each of six electoral districts, one seat being designated as Seat A and the other as Seat B. The 2014 election saw the temporary combination of several districts that will only exist until the 2016 elections, when the entire school district will be divided into nine new electoral districts.[9][10]

Pitt County Schools
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Mildred Atkinson Council 1A 2012 2016
Robert Moore 1B 2013 2014
Billy Peaden 2A 2016
Mary Blount-Williams 2B 2008 2016
Betty Edwards Miller 3A 2014 2016
Jill Camnitz 3B 1996 2014
Marc Whichard 4A 2016
Barbara Owens 4B 2006 2014
Sean Kenny 5A 2016
Jennifer Little 5B 2008 2014
Worth Forbes 6A 2016
Benjie Forrest 6B 2008 2014

School board elections

See also: Pitt County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Pitt County school board were elected to two-year terms in 2014 due to the reorganization of the board. As of 2016 they will be elected to four-year terms. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and all nine seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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


4.1 A portion of each regular Board meeting will be set aside for public expression. This does not include workshop sessions and/or retreats.

4.2 At no time may speakers address any of the following:

4.2.1 matters concerning the job competence and performance of specific personnel or employees of the Board of Education

The policies and laws of the State of North Carolina, as well as the policies of the Board, provide that matters concerning the job competence and performance of individual school system employees are confidential. For this reason, and to ensure that Board meetings are conducted in an orderly and fair manner, the Board will not entertain public discussion about specifically named school system employees during the open session of Board meetings. The proper manner for raising concerns about a specific employee is to submit comments in writing to the Superintendent or to use the grievance procedures that have been established by the Board.

4.2.2 matters involving specific students of the school system

4.3 Any individual or spokesperson for any group who wishes to address the Board shall complete a Request to Address the Board form at least fifteen minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting, and shall provide his/her name, address, the name of the organization he/she represents, if any, and the topic to be addressed. (See Appendices 1.307-A: Procedures for Speaking before the Board, and 1.308-A: Form for Speaking before the Board.) If the speaker wishes to give the Board members written materials related to his/her remarks, twenty (20) copies shall be given to the Superintendent’s designee for distribution.

4.4 Individual speakers will be given up to three (3) minutes to speak before the Board. Groups shall be asked to select one or more spokespersons to speak on their behalf and will be given up to a total of five (5) minutes for the group. The Chair may limit the number of speakers on a specific topic, depending on the number of speakers and topics listed.

4.5 The following rules shall be followed by speakers appearing before the Board:

4.5.1 The speaker shall state his or her name and address.
4.5.2 All remarks shall be made to the Board as a body and not to an individual Board member.
4.5.3 No speaker shall make obscene, derogatory or slanderous remarks. Any Board member may stop such comments.
4.5.4 No person shall be allowed to disrupt the speaker except for Board members as provided in 4.5.3 and the Board Chair as provided in 4.6.
4.5.5 Remarks shall end when the speaker’s allotted time has expired.
4.5.6 Board members or the Superintendent may ask the speaker questions for clarification. However, no person from the floor shall enter into discussion with the Board.

4.6 The Board Chair may immediately terminate any comments that are considered to be inappropriate.

4.7 Public speaker comments from action meetings of the Board will be 1) accepted as opinion, or 2) referred to an administrator for investigation to be reported back to the citizen and Board to the extent permitted by law, or 3) referred to the Board Chair, Vice Chair and Superintendent for agenda planning, or 4) referred to a Board Committee.

When the Board Chair refers an issue of public concern to an administrator for investigation, the Superintendent or administrator will respond in one of three ways within 5 business days: 1) provide an answer to the citizen about their issue of concern, or 2) provide an estimated time frame that the administration feels will be necessary to investigate and provide an answer to the citizen, or 3) indicate that the administration will not be able to provide the answer with reasonable effort.[11]

—Pitt County Schools website, (2014), [12]


The table below displays the budget for the Pitt County School District:[13]

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 $162,240,736 72.7% $0 0% $50,523,067 22.6% $0 0% $10,431,973 4.7% $223,195,777
Averages: $162,240,736 73% $0 0% $50,523,067 23% $0 0% $10,431,973 5% $223,195,777

Teacher salaries

Pitt County Schools employed 1,599 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[14]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[15][16]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Pitt County


Pitt County Schools served 23,495 students in 37 schools during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's enrollment has held relatively steady in recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006-2007 22,609
2007-2008 22,950 1.5
2008-2009 23,240 2.0
2009-2010 23,022 -1.7
2010-2011 23,267 1.1
2011-2012 23,386 0.5
2012-2013 23,495 0.5

District schools

Pitt County Schools operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[17]

Pitt County Schools
A.G. Cox Middle
Ayden Elementary
Ayden-Grifton High
Ayden Middle
Belvoir Elementary
Bethel School
C.M. Eppes Middle
Chicod School
Creekside Elementary
D.H. Conley High
E.B. Aycock Middle
Eastern Elementary
Elmhurst Elementary
Falkland Elementary
Farmville Central High
Farmville Middle
G.R. Whitfield School
Grifton School
H.B. Sugg Elementary
Hope Middle School
Hospital School
J.H. Rose High
Lakeforest Elementary
North Pitt High
Northwest Elementary
Pactolus School
Pitt Academy
Ridgewood Elementary School
Sam D. Bundy Elementary
South Greenville Elementary
South Central High
Stokes School
W. H. Robinson Elementary
Wahl-Coates Elementary
Wellcome Middle
Wintergreen Intermediate
Wintergreen Primary

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[18] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Pitt County Schools who took all tests:[19]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 4,257 5,527 77.0%
2012-2013 2,108 5,220 40.4%

Contact information

Pitt County Schools.jpg
Pitt County Schools
1717 West Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-830-4200

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Pitt County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pitt County Schools, "Enrollment and Ethnicity Reports," accessed December 2, 2014
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, "Pitt County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Pitt County, North Carolina," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. Pitt County Schools, "Dr. Ethan Lenker," accessed December 1, 2014
  7. WITN, "Pitt County Names New Superintendent," July 16, 2013
  8. Pitt County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed December 1, 2014
  9. Reflector, "Roundup: Local offices decided," November 5, 2014
  10. WNCT, "Legislation to reduce Pitt County Board of Education passes," July 24, 2013
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Pitt County Schools, "Policies and Procedures 1.200 Rules of Procedure," accessed December 1, 2014
  13. Pitt County Schools, "Finance," accessed December 12, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named enrollment
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  17. Pitt County Schools, "School Directory," accessed December 2, 2014
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  19. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014