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Rockingham County Schools, North Carolina

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Rockingham County Schools
Eden, North Carolina
Rockingham County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rodney Shotwell
Enrollment:13,179 students
Graduation rate:75.5%[1]
Number of schools:25
Budget: $130.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Nell Rose
Board members:11
Term length:4
Rockingham County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 13,179 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3] This district is the 27th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Rockingham County Schools is located in Rockingham County, North Carolina
Rockingham County Schools is located in Rockingham County, North Carolina. The county seat of Rockingham County is Wentworth. Rockingham County is home to 91,878 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Rockingham County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.0 percent of Rockingham 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 Rockingham County was $38,004 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Rockingham County was 17.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Rockingham County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 78.2 71.7
Black or African American 18.2 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 0.6 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.9 8.9

Rockingham County Party Affiliation, 2014[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 19,303 32.5
Democratic 26,105 44.1
Libertarian 164 0.3
Unaffiliated 13,662 23.1

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 Rockingham County Schools is Dr. Rodney Shotwell. Shotwell has served in this position since 2006. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics industrial relations from UNC Chapel Hill in 1989.[7] In July 2013, the board of education extended his contract through 2017, gave him a $6,000 raise and the highest bonus available in his contract. Shotwell's base pay for the 2012-2013 school year was $146,981.04. In November 2014, he was named the 2015 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, an award presented by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association and the North Carolina School Boards Association.[8]

School board

Rockingham County schools are overseen by an eleven-member board elected to four-year terms. Six members are elected by geographic electoral districts and five members are elected at-large.[9]

Rockingham County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Amanda Bell 1 2004 2016
Josh Austin 2 2012 2016
Nell Rose 3 1992 2016
Wayne Kirkman 4 2016
Elaine McCollum 5 2016
Bob Wyatt 6 2012 2016
Hal Griffin At-large 2014
Lorie Booth McKinney At-large 2014
Ron Price At-large 2006 2018
Steve C. Smith At-large 2014
Vacant At-large

School board elections

See also: Rockingham County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Rockingham County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Five seats were up for election in 2014 and six seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Rockingham 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 district. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business. All meetings of the Rockingham County Board of Education shall be open to the public unless a portion of the meeting is closed by motion duly made and adopted.

The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school district, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school district. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or policy 2300, section D, paragraph3, which addresses public hearings.

Public Comment

A part of at least one regularly scheduled board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board through public comment. The individual or group who wishes to address the board shall sign up to speak by calling the superintendent’s office up to 5 days prior to the date of the meeting or by signing up to speak before the meeting begins. All speakers will be allowed FIVE minutes to speak and the board will allow up to one hour for public comment. In the event that all speakers cannot be heard during the one hour designated for public comment, the board will allow time following the conclusion of its business for additional comment.

The superintendent and board chair shall develop additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter. Discussion of matters involving individual students or individual personnel will not be allowed during public comment and should be addressed as provided in the section below, Reports of Complaints.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

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.

Reports of Complaints

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 district official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee will make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[10]

—Rockingham County Schools website, (2014), [11]


The table below displays the budget for Rockingham County Schools:[12]

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 $78,231,445 60% $0 0% $40,947,082 31.4% $0 0% $11,213,709 8.6% $130,392,236
Averages: $78,231,445 60% $0 0% $40,947,082 31% $0 0% $11,213,709 9% $130,392,236

Teacher salaries

Rockingham County Schools employed 903 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[13][14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Rockingham County


Rockingham County Schools served 13,179 students in 25 schools.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Rockingham County operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Rockingham County Schools
Bethany Elementary
Central Elementary
Dillard Elementary
Douglass elementary
Draper Elementary
Holmes Middle
Huntsville Elementary
Leaksville-Spray Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
McMichael High
Monroeton Elementary
Morehead High
Moss Street Elementary
New Vision School of Math, Science and Technology
Reidsville High
Reidsville Middle
Rockingham County High
Rockingham County Middle
Rockingham Early College High School
SCORE Center
South End Elementary
Stoneville Elementary
Wentworth Elementary
Western Rockingham Middle
Williamsburg Elementary

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[16] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Rockingham County Schools who took all tests:[17]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 2,573 3,384 76.0%
2012-2013 1,145 2,982 38.4%

Contact information

Rockingham County Schools.jpg
Rockingham County Schools
511 Harrington Highway
Eden, NC 27288
Phone: (336) 627-2600

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Rockingham County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rockingham County Schools, "2012-2013 RCS Annual Report," accessed December 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Rockingham County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Rockingham County, North Carolina," accessed August 25, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 25, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. LinkedIn, "Rodney Shotwell," accessed December 3, 2014
  8. News-Record, "Shotwell named statewide Superintendent of the Year," November 18, 2014
  9. Rockingham County Schools "Board of Education Members," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Rockingham County Schools Policy Manual, "Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation At Board Meetings," accessed December 3, 2014
  12. Rockingham County Schools, "Budget," accessed December 13, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Rockingham County Schools, "School Directory," accessed December 3, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014