Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3, South Carolina

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Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3
York County, South Carolina
Rock Hill Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Kelly Pew
Enrollment:16,769 students
Graduation rate:87.0%[1]
Number of schools:28
Budget: $129.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jim Vining
Board members:7
Term length:4
Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 is a school district in South Carolina that serves York County. In the 2011-2012 school year, Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 was the 11th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 16,769 students in 28 schools with an operating budget of $129.1 million.[2]

About the district

Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 is located in York County, South Carolina
Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 is located in York County, South Carolina. The county seat of York County is York. York County is home to 226,073 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


York County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.8 percent of York County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in York County was $52,571 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in York County was 13.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race York County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 76.1 68.3
Black or African American 19.4 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 1.7 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, York County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 39,131 59,546
2008 37,918 54,500
2004 24,226 45,234
2000 19,251 33,776

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.[4]


The superintendent of Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 is Dr. Kelly Pew, who was appointed to the position in April 2014. She had previously been serving as the superintendent of the Pickens County School District. Pew replaced Lynn Moody, who resigned in 2013 to become superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina. Her annual salary is $180,000.[5]

School board

The Rock Hill Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of seven members elected to staggered four-year terms. Five members serve by geographic district, and two members serve at-large.[6]

Rock Hill Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Elizabeth "Ann" Reid District 1 2000 2016
Helena Miller District 2 2014 2018
Mildred Douglas District 3 2000 2016
Jane Sharp District 4 2014 2018
Walter Brown District 5 2000 2016
Terry Hutchinson At-large 2012 2016
Jim Vining At-large 1998 2018

School board elections

See also: Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 1998:

Purpose: To establish the basic structure for public participation in board meetings.

All official meetings of the board will be open to the press and public. However, the board reserves the right to adjourn or recess a meeting at any time to discuss such matters as may be properly considered in executive sessions.

The board desires citizens of the district to attend its sessions so that they may become better acquainted with the operations and programs of the schools and that the board may have opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public.

In order to assure that persons who wish to appear before the board may be heard, at the same time, conduct its meetings properly and efficiently, the board adopts as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation in board meetings.

Anyone wishing to initiate a topic for consideration may speak before the board. The person may represent either himself/herself or group and should inform the district superintendent of his/her desire to do so and his/her topic as early as possible, but by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Citizens who wish to address items on the agenda will be provided an opportunity at regular meetings. To address the board, the citizen must complete a request form made available at the entrance of the board room and submit the request to the superintendent, or his/her designee, prior to the time the meeting is called to order. The board will attempt to hear all citizens, but the board chairperson maintains the right to limit the time for speakers.

An individual desiring to speak will give his/her name, address, and the group, if any, that he/she is representing.

The presentation should be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker will limit himself/herself to five minutes.

Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concerns them. But in public session, the board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.

No profane or vulgar language nor personal abuse against any person will be permitted.

The board vests in its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he/she does not adhere to the rules established above. Persons appearing before the board are reminded as a point of information that members of the board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters; thus, questions may be directed to the board members but answers must be deferred pending consideration by the board.[7]

—Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3's website, (1998), [8]


The table below displays the budget for Rock Hill Schools:[2]

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 $111,970,822 86.7% $0 0% $17,029,178 13.2% $0 0% $100,000 0.1% $129,100,000
Averages: $111,970,822 87% $0 0% $17,029,178 13% $0 0% $100,000 0% $129,100,000

Teacher salaries

Rock Hill teacher salaries are based on years of experience and education attainment. A teacher can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 33,544 52,749
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 35,054 54,549
Master's degree 38,408 59,642
Master's degree + 30 hours 41,762 63,220
Doctorate 45,117 73,489

Schools in Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3


The district served 16,769 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.3 percent decrease in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 17,325 N/A
2010-2011 16,894 -2.5
2011-2012 16,769 -0.7

District schools

Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 operates 28 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 Schools
School Name
Applied Technology Center
Belleview Elementary School
Castle Heights Middle School
Central Child Development Center
Dutchman Creek Middle School
Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School
Ebinport Elementary School
Finley Road Elementary School
Independence Elementary School
India Hook Elementary School
Lesslie Elementary School
Mount Gallant Elementary School
Mount Holly Elementary School
Northside Elementary School
Northwestern High School
Oakdale Elementary School
Old Pointe Elementary School
Rawlinson Road Middle School
Richmond Drive Elementary School
Rock Hill High School
Rosewood Elementary School
Saluda Trail Middle School
South Pointe High School
Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies
The Children's School at Sylvia Circle
The Palmetto School at the Children's Attention Home
W. C. Sullivan Middle School
York Road Elementary School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[12]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[13]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 72.8 40.2
Math 70.6 34.2
Science 69.5 25.2
Social Studies 76.9 37.7
Writing 75.1 36.3

Contact information

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Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3
660 N. Anderson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: (803) 981-1000

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