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Rockingham County Public Schools, Virginia

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Rockingham County
Public Schools
Rockingham County, Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Carol Fenn
Enrollment:11,921 students
Graduation rate:78.9%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $127.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:5
Term length:4
Rockingham County Public Schools is the 24th-largest school district in Virginia serving 11,921 students in 23 schools. It is located in Rockingham County which is the third largest county in Virginia.

About the district

Rockingham County Public Schools is located in Rockingham County, Virginia.
Rockingham County Public Schools is located in Rockingham County, Virginia. The county seat of Rockingham County is Harrisonburg. Rockingham County is home to 77,741 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Demographics

Rockingham County underperformed compared to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.4 percent of Rockingham County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.2 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Rockingham County was $52,195 compared to $63,907 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Rockingham County was 10.4 percent compared to 11.3 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Rockingham County (%) Virginia (%)
White 95.3 70.8
Black or African American 2.0 19.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 0.7 6.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.9 8.6

Presidential Voting Pattern, Rockingham County[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 28.9 69.4
2008 31.4 67.4
2004 24.9 74.4
2000 24.3 72.9

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

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools is Dr. Carol Fenn, who was appointed in March 2007. Fenn has previously worked as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal in an elementary school, elementary school and middle school principal, and several central office administrative positions.[4]

School board

The Rockingham County Public School Board is made up of five members selected by district.[5]

Rockingham County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Dan Breeden District 5 2015
Lowell Fulk District 2 2015
Bob May District 4 2015
Renee Reed District 3 2017
LaDonna Shiflet District 1 2017

School board elections

See also: Rockingham County Public Schools elections (2013)

Two seats on the Rockingham County Public School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Districts 1 and 3, which were occupied by Anthony Slater and John J. Myers, Jr., respectively. Three seats will be up in November 2015 for Districts 2, 4 and 5.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Rockingham County Public Schools:[6][7]

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
2011-2012 $88,761,966 74.4% $9,011,714 7.6% $16,982,097 14.2% $0 0% $4,474,160 3.8% $119,229,937
2014-2015 $104,401,571 81.6% $14,703,933 11.5% $8,004,060 6.3% $0 0% $756,000 0.6% $127,865,564
Averages: $96,581,768.5 78% $11,857,823.5 10% $12,493,078.5 10% $0 0% $2,615,080 2% $123,547,750.5

Teacher salaries

Notes to the table below: Completion of half of the academic requirements for a Master's Degree is $1,060, $2,485 for a Master's Degree, $2,835 for a Master's Degree plus 15 hours, $4,010 for a Doctorate and $1,500 for a National Teacher Certificate. These amounts are in addition to the base salary.

Rockingham County Public Schools Teacher Salary Scale 2013-2014[8]
Years Experience Base Salary ($)
0 40,775
1 40,979
2 40,979
3 40,979
4 40,979
5 40,979
6 41,097
7 41.438
8 41,542
9 41,733
10 41,923
11 42,114
12 42,307
13 42,507
14 42,688
15 42,879
16 43,792
17 44,649
18 44,853
19 45,222
20 45,796
21 46,177
22 47,195
23 48,144
24 48,803
25 49,759
26 50,332
27 51,096
28 52,034
29 53,198
30 53,961
31 55,226
32 56,396
33 57,161
34+ 58,832

Schools in Rockingham County

Rockingham County Public Schools operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[9]

Rockingham County Public schools
Name
Broadway High School
Cub Run Elementary School
Elkton Elementary School
Elkton Middle School
J. Frank Hillyard Middle School
Fulks Run Elementary School
Lacey Spring Elementary School
Linville-Edom Elementary School
McGaheysville Elementary School
Montevideo Middle School
Mountain View Elementary School
John C. Myers Elementary School
Ottobine Elementary School
Plains Elementary School
Peak View Elementary School
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
River Bend Elementary School
East Rockingham High School
Spotswood High School
South River Elementary School
Turner Ashby High School
John Wayland Elementary School
Wilbur S. Pence Middle School

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[10]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Rockingham County Public Schools as having a student population of 11,946 and 22 schools in the division.

Rockingham County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[11]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Broadway High 9 – 12, PG 1,107 Yes
Cub Run Elementary Pre-K - 5 602 Yes
East Rockingham High N/A N/A N/A
Elkton Elementary Pre-K - 4 383 Yes
Elkton Middle 5 - 8 472 No
Fulks Run Elementary Pre-K - 5 211 Yes
J. Frank Hillyard Middle 6 - 8 761 Yes
John C. Myers Elementary Pre-K - 5 463 Yes
John W. Wayland Elementary Pre-K - 5 567 Yes
Lacey Spring Elementary Pre-K - 5 303 Yes
Linville-Edom Elementary Pre-K – 5 211 Yes
McGaheysville Elementary Pre-K – 5 348 Yes
Montevideo Middle 6 - 8 633 No
Mountain View Elementary Pre-K - 5 543 No
Ottobine Elementary Pre-K - 5 235 Yes
Peak View Elementary Pre-K - 5 406 Yes
Plains Elementary Pre-K - 5 495 Yes
Pleasant Valley Elementary Pre-K - 5 277 Yes
River Bend Elementary N/A 357 N/A – New School
South River Elementary Pre-K - 5 406 Yes
Spotswood High 9 – 12, PG 1,355 Yes
Turner Ashby High 9 – 12, PG 1,116 Yes
Wilbur S. Pence Middle 6 – 8 695 No
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Website evaluation

Last updated on July 22, 2010.

The good

  • The Rockingham County Public Schools 2010- 2011 budget, including federal, state, and local revenue, is available.[12]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[13][14]
  • School board meeting schedule, minutes and agendas are posted.[13][15]
  • Academic performance information is available.[16]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Rockbridge County School Board Policy Manual includes a Request for Public Records form. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes hiring and evaluation procedures.[17]
  • Salary scale and benefits information is available.[18]
  • The School Board’s financial statements can be found in the Rockingham County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.[19]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[20]

The bad

  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • Current teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[21]

Contact information

RockinghamCountyPSlogo.jpg

Board of Trustees
Rockingham County Public Schools
100 Mount Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: 540-564-3200

See also

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census Bureau, "Rockingham County, Virginia," accessed January 27, 2015
  2. Virginia Department of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 17, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Dr. Carol Fenn Will Be Rockingham's Superintendent Accessed September 24, 2013
  5. Rockingham County School Board Accessed September 24, 2013
  6. Rockingham County Public Schools, "Rockingham County Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 5, 2013
  7. Rockingham County Public SChools, "RCPS Budget," accessed December 18, 2014
  8. Rockingham County Teacher Base Salaries 2013-2014" accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Schools and Offices Accessed September 25, 2013
  10. 'Virginia Department of Education', School Report Card Accountability Guide, June 14, 2010 (dead link)
  11. ‘Virginia Department of Education’, Rockingham County Public Schools, July 22, 2010
  12. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, RCPS Budget Information, July 22, 2010
  13. 13.0 13.1 ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, School Board, July 22, 2010
  14. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, July 22, 2010
  15. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, SchoolBoardMeeting, July 22, 2010
  16. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, RCPS Quick Facts, July 22, 2010
  17. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, RCPS Policy Manual, July 22, 2010
  18. ‘Rockingham County Public Schools’, Human Resources, July 22, 2010
  19. ‘Rockingham County’, Finance, July 22, 2010
  20. 'Virginia Department of Education', Virginia State Contracts, June 10, 2010
  21. 'Virginia Department of Education', Education Workforce Data & Reports, June 10, 2010