Public Schools of Robeson County, North Carolina

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Public Schools of Robeson County
Robeson County, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Johnny Hunt
Graduation rate:85.1%[1]
Number of schools:44
Budget: $230.6 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Loistine P. DeFreece
Board members:11
Term length:4
Public Schools of Robeson County is a school district in North Carolina. It is the 13th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 24,996 students in 44 schools during the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $230.6 million.[3]

About the district

Public Schools of Robeson County is located in Robeson County, North Carolina
Public Schools of Robeson County is located in Robeson County, North Carolina. Robeson County is home to 134,841 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Robeson 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 12.9 percent of Robeson 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 Robeson County was $30,167 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Robeson County was 31.9 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Robeson County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 32.8 71.9
Black or African American 24.7 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 39.0 1.5
Asian 0.8 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.2 8.7

2013 Party Affiliation, Robeson County[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 52,857 71.1
Republican 8,654 11.6
Libertarian 133 0.2
No Party 12,648 17.0

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]


Johnny Hunt is the superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County.

School board

The Robeson school board is composed of eleven members serving four-year terms.[7]

Public Schools of Robeson County School Board
Member Term Ends
Loistine P. DeFreece 2016
Brenda S. Fairley-Ferebee 2018
Peggy Wilkins Chavis 2018
Jo Ann C. Lowery 2016
Bosco Locklear 2016
Mike Smith 2018
John Campbell 2016
Dwayne Smith 2018
Gary Strickland 2016
Randy Lawson 2016
Steve Martin 2016

School board elections

See also: Robeson County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Robeson school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and seven seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.
The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school system, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school system. In order that the board may conduct an orderly meeting while providing an opportunity for input, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or subsection D.2 of policy 2300, Board Meetings, which addresses public hearings.

In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least six working days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

  • the name and address of the person or persons making the request;
  • the organization or group, if any, represented; and
  • a brief explanation of the nature of the item. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request.

The superintendent shall confer with the chairperson of the board concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion. The superintendent, with the consent of the board chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson. The superintendent shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request.

The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation when the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting. (See policy 2330, Board Meeting Agenda.) The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section C, Reports of Complaints, below.)

The chairperson shall establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.

Each month, a part of at least one regularly scheduled board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board through public comment. The public comment period will last 30 minutes or until the last person speaks, whichever is first. The proceedings of the public comment period will be recorded.

Before the meeting begins, individuals shall indicate that they wish to address the board by completing all the applicable information on a provided sign-up sheet. No substitute speakers are allowed for individuals who request time to address the board during the public comment period. The chairperson will recognize individuals in the order in which forms are submitted. When called upon by the chairperson, each speaker should state his or her name and address. Four individuals may speak in succession per issue during the public comment period. Each individual shall limit remarks to either no more than three minutes or no more than five minutes as set by the board chairperson at the beginning of the public comment period.

The board chairperson will not permit any individual to use abusive language or to make personal attacks. Each speaker is expected to present comments in a respectful manner. The board vests its chairperson or presiding officer with the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to established guidelines. Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17. At anytime, the board may establish additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Remarks made by each speaker must be addressed to the chairperson. Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter. Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take eight votes to take action during a public comment period.

If the board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a majority of the board votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.

Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee shall make available this policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[8]

—Public Schools of Robeson County website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Public Schools of Robeson County:[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 $179,480,000 77.8% $13,502,000 5.9% $36,716,000 15.9% $140,000 0.1% $826,000 0.4% $230,664,000
Averages: $179,480,000 78% $13,502,000 6% $36,716,000 16% $140,000 0% $826,000 0% $230,664,000

Teacher salaries

Robeson 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 the Public Schools of Robeson County:[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 Public Schools of Robeson County


The district served 24,996 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.4 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 23,933 NA
2011-2012 24,996 4.4

District schools

Public Schools of Robeson County operates 44 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Public Schools of Robeson County
School Name
Deep Branch Elementary
East Robeson Elementary
Fairgrove Middle School
Fairmont High
Fairmont Middle School
Green Grove Elementary
J. C. Hargrave Elementary
L. Gilbert Carroll Middle
Littlefield Middle
Long Branch Elementary
Lumberton High
Lumberton Junior High
Magnolia Elementary
Orrum Middle
Oxendine Elementary
Parkton Elementary
Pembroke Elementary
Pembroke Middle
Peterson Elementary
Piney Grove Elementary
Prospect Elementary
Purnell Swett High
R. B. Dean Elementary
Red Springs High
Red Springs Middle
Robeson County Career Center
Robeson County Early College High
Rosenwald Elementary
Rowland Middle
Rowland Norment
Shining Stars Preschool: Lumberton
Shining Stars Preschool: Pembroke
South Robeson High
St. Pauls Elementary
St. Pauls High
St. Pauls Middle
Tanglewood Elementary
Townsend Middle
Union Chapel Elementary
Union Elementary
W. H. Knuckles Elementary
West Lumberton Elementary

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, seven out of 42 schools in the Robeson 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 849 997
SAT 2400 1247 1469
District ACT scores, 2012[16]
Best possible score District average score State average score
36 15.7 18.2

Contact information

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Public Schools of Robeson County

410 Caton Road
Lumberton, NC 28360

Phone: (910) 671-6000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  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, "Robeson County, North Carolina," accessed March 17, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Public Schools of Robeson County, "Board of Education," accessed June 9, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Public Schools of Robeson County, "Board Policies," accessed June 9, 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 6, 2014
  12. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 5, 2014
  13. Public Schools of Robeson County, "School Directory," accessed June 9, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed June 9, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT," accessed June 9, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed June 9, 2014