Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia

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Raleigh County Schools
Raleigh County, West Virginia
Raleigh County Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:David Price
Graduation rate:81.0%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $144.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Richard Snuffer II
Board members:5
Term length:4
Raleigh County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the fifth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 12,568 students in 29 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Raleigh County Schools is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia
Raleigh County Schools is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Raleigh County is home to 78,833 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Raleigh County underperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.1 percent of Raleigh 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 Raleigh County was $39,325 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Raleigh County was 17.5 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Raleigh County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 89.0 94.0
Black or African American 8.2 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 1.2 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 0.4 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 29,245 53.1
Republican 15,006 27.2
Mountain 41 0.1
Other 355 0.6
No Party 10,448 18.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


Dave Price is the superintendent of Raleigh County Schools. He was appointed to the position in April 2014, after former superintendent, Jim Brown, announced his resignation. He previously served as assistant superintendent for Raleigh County Schools. Price has also worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, coordinator of school improvement for the West Virginia Department of Education and as an administrative assistant in Boone County.[7]

School board

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

Raleigh County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Richard Snuffer II At-large 2016
Cindy Jafary At-large 2018
Larry D. Ford At-large 2018
Charlotte Hutchens At-large 2018
Sally Susman At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Raleigh County Schools elections (2014)

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

Public Participation in Board Meetings

The board welcomes input and participation by the public in its meetings. At the same time, the board encourages citizens to work with the administration to try to resolve problems and-or differences.

Persons who desire to address the board must arrange with the superintendent to do so. Citizens should call the board two weeks in advance of a regular meeting to secure a place on the written agenda or may register to address the board beginning 30 minutes prior to each regular meeting of the board. Citizens addressing the board at a regular meeting will be allocated five (5) minutes per speaker.

Depending on the purpose of the meeting, the board may make reasonable rules for the number of speakers, how long they may speak and whether their remarks are to be made in open or executive session.

Citizens shall be heard and their problems and-or requests taken under consideration. Action will be taken on matters brought before the board only after a thorough study has been made by the board.[9]

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


The table below displays the budget for Raleigh 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 $97,182,000 65.4% $7,626,000 5.1% $43,886,000 29.5% $0 0% $1,000 0% $148,695,000
2011-2012 $81,777,000 56.6% $7,386,000 5.1% $55,220,000 38.2% $0 0% $7,000 0% $144,390,000
Averages: $89,479,500 61% $7,506,000 5% $49,553,000 34% $0 0% $4,000 0% $146,542,500

Teacher salaries

Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh County Schools


The district served 12,568 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.4 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 12,153 NA
2008-2009 12,316 1.3
2009-2010 12,340 0.1
2010-2011 12,372 0.2
2011-2012 12,456 0.6
2012-2013 12,580 0.9
2013-2014 12,568 -0.1

District schools

Raleigh County Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Raleigh County Schools
School Name
Academy of Careers and Technology
Beckley Elementary
Beckley-Stratton Middle
Bradley Elementary
Clear Fork Elementary
Coal City Elementary
Crab Orchard Elementary
Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary
Crescent Elementary
Daniels Elementary
Fairdale Elementary
Ghent Elementary
Hollywood Elementary
Independence High
Independence Middle
Lester Elementary
Liberty High
Mabscott Elementary
Marsh Fork Elementary
Maxwell Hill Elementary
Park Middle
Shady Spring Elementary
Shady Spring High
Shady Spring Middle
Sophia-Soak Creek Elementary
Stanaford Elementary
Stratton Elementary
Trap Hill Middle
Woodrow Wilson High

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 Raleigh County Schools.[15][16]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Raleigh County Schools[17]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 7,806 3,827 49.0
Reading/Language Arts 7,810 4,086 52.3
Science 6,211 2,430 39.1
Social Studies 7,645 2,942 38.4

Contact information

Raleigh County Schools logo.png
Raleigh County Schools

105 Adair Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Phone: (304) 256-4500

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. West Virginia Department of Education, "Graduation Rate - Accountability Year 2013-14," accessed June 16, 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, "Raleigh County, West Virginia," accessed April 15, 2014
  4. West Virginia Secretary of State, "West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed April 15, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. The Register-Herald, "VIDEO: Price named new Raleigh Schools superintendent," April 21, 2014 (dead link)
  8. Raleigh County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 17, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Raleigh Public Schools, "Policy Manual," accessed Jun 17, 2014
  11. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 10, 2014
  12. West Virginia Education Association, "Salary Schedules," accessed June 17, 2014
  13. West Virginia Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed June 16, 2014
  14. Raleigh County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 17, 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 17, 2014