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Putnam County Schools, West Virginia

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Putnam County Schools
Putnam County, West Virginia
Putnam County Schools logo.gif
District Profile
Superintendent:Chuck Hatfield
Graduation rate:86.4%[1]
Number of schools:23
Budget: $108.9 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:William Legg
Board members:5
Term length:4
Putnam County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the eighth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 9,907 students in 23 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $108.9 million.[3]

About the district

Putnam County Schools is located in Putnam County, West Virginia
Putnam County Schools is located in Putnam County, West Virginia. Putnam County is home to 56,650 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Putnam County outperformed the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.0 percent of Putnam 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 Putnam County was $56,081 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Putnam County was 10.1 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Putnam County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 96.8 94.0
Black or African American 1.0 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.9 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 0.9 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 14,964 41.2
Republican 14,794 40.8
Mountain 33 0.1
Other 534 1.5
No Party 5,693 15.7

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Putnam County Schools is Chuck Hatfield. Hatfield is a 40 year veteran of Putnam County Schools. After earning a bachelor's degree in elementary and social studies education from Glenville State College and a master’s degree from Marshall University in educational administration, he joined Putnam County Schools as a substitute teacher. He later taught at Hurricane Elementary School, and eventually served as assistant principal of Winfield Elementary and principal of Eastbrook Elementary. Hatfield also served as director of early childhood education, assistant superintendent of personnel and pupil services and deputy superintendent before being named superintendent in 2004. In 2009, he was named State Superintendent of the Year.[7]

School board

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

Putnam County School Board
Member District Term Ends
William Legg At-large 2018
Rob Cunningham At-large 2018
Craig Spicer At-large 2018
Samuel P. Sentelle At-large 2016
Jack Coyner At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Putnam County Schools elections (2014)

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

Presentations: All persons desiring to address the Board at a Regular Meeting or a matter identified within the stated purpose of a Special Meeting must register prior to the meeting. Persons will not be required to register more than fifteen minutes prior to the time a meeting is scheduled to commence. Persons desiring to address the Board shall be subject to a time limitation as established by the president at the beginning of the meeting. By unanimous consent of the Board persons may be granted time to address the Board during consideration of an item. Persons may not allot time to other speakers.[9]

—Putnam County Schools website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Putnam County Schools:[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
2010-2011 $73,961,000 67.9% $4,524,000 4.2% $30,376,000 27.9% $135,000 0.1% $0 0% $108,996,000
Averages: $73,961,000 68% $4,524,000 4% $30,376,000 28% $135,000 0% $0 0% $108,996,000

Teacher salaries

Putnam 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 Putnam County Board of Education:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($)
B.A. 35,302 56,961
B.A. + 15 36,165 57,936
MA 38,141 60,259
MA + 15 39,182 61,352
MA + 30 40,235 62,586
MA + 45 41,154 63,553
D 42,503 64,955

Schools in Putnam County Schools


The district served 9,907 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 7.6 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 9,201 NA
2008-2009 9,341 1.5
2009-2010 9,517 1.8
2010-2011 9,631 1.1
2011-2012 9,779 1.5
2012-2013 9,788 0.1
2013-2014 9,907 1.2

District schools

Putnam County Schools operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Putnam County Schools
School Name
Buffalo Elementary School
Buffalo High School
Confidence Elementary School
Conner Street Elementary School
Eastbrook Elementary School
George Washington Elementary School
George Washington Middle School
Hometown Elementary School
Hurricane High School
Hurricane Middle School
Hurricane Town Elementary School
Lakeside Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Poca Elementary School
Poca High School
Poca Middle School
Putnam Career and Technical Center
Rock Branch Elementary School
Scott Teays Elementary School
West Teays Elementary School
Winfield Elementary School
Winfield High School
Winfield Middle School

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 Putnam County Schools.[15][16]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Putnam County Schools[17]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 6,468 3,832 59.2
Reading/Language Arts 6,474 3,838 59.2
Science 5,110 2,767 54.1
Social Studies 6,354 3,129 49.2

Contact information

Putnam County Schools logo.gif
Putnam County Schools

77 Courthouse Drive
Winfield, WV 25213

Phone: (304) 586-0500

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. West Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation Rate - Accountability Year 2013-14," accessed June 16, 2014
  2. U.S. Census, "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, "Putnam County, West Virginia," accessed April 15, 2014
  5. West Virginia Secretary of State, "West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed April 15, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Putnam County Schools, "Central Office," accessed June 16, 2014
  8. Puntam County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 16, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Putnam County Schools, "Policy Manual," accessed June 16, 2014
  11. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  12. Putnam County Schools, "Professional Salary Schedule, accessed June 16, 2014
  13. West Virginia Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed June 16, 2014
  14. Putnam County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 16, 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