Rowan-Salisbury Schools, North Carolina

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Salisbury, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lynn Moody
Enrollment:20,340 students
Graduation rate:80.9%[1]
Number of schools:35
Budget: $38.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Richard W. Miller
Board members:7
Term length:4
Rowan-Salisbury Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 20,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 18th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Rowan-Salisbury Schools is located in Rowan County, North Carolina
Rowan-Salisbury Schools is located in Rowan County, North Carolina. The county seat of Rowan County is Salisbury. Rowan County is home to 138,323 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Rowan 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 16.7 percent of Rowan 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 Rowan County was $41,561 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Rowan County was 16.5 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Rowan County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 80.3 71.7
Black or African American 16.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.6
Asian 1.1 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.0 8.9

Rowan County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 37,234 40.7
Democratic 30,778 33.6
Libertarian 218 0.2
Unaffiliated 23,282 25.4

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]


The superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools is Dr. Lynn Moody. Serving in this role since October 1, 2013, she previously served as superintendent of Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina since 2006. Moody has also been a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina State University, and doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.[7][8]

School board

Rowan-Salisbury schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms by specific geographic districts.[9]

Rowan-Salisbury School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Richard W. Miller 1 2018
L.A. Overcash 2 2012 2014
Josh Wagner 3 2012 2016
Kay Wright Norman 4 1994 2014
Charles Hughes 5 2016
W. Jean Kennedy 6 2006 2018
Susan Cox 7 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Rowan-Salisbury Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Rowan-Salisbury school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Rowan-Salisbury school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

D. Meetings Open to the Public

The public is invited and encouraged to attend Board meetings. Although Board meetings are open to the public, the public may not participate in the Board’s deliberations unless the chair directs a question to a member of the audience or if the Board, by a majority vote of the membership, allows audience participation.

During each regular meeting, a specific time shall be set aside to allow members of the audience to address the Board.[10]

—Rowan-Salisbury Schools website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Rowan-Salisbury School District:[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
2012-2013 $22,031,779 57.8% $0 0% $15,938,766 41.8% $115,869 0.3% $32,308 0.1% $38,118,722
Averages: $22,031,779 58% $0 0% $15,938,766 42% $115,869 0% $32,308 0% $38,118,722

Teacher salaries

Rowan-Salisbury Schools employed 1,354 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

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 Rowan-Salisbury


Rowan-Salisbury Schools served 20,340 students in 35 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Rowan-Salisbury Schools operates 35 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Bostian Elementary
Carson High
China Grove Elementary
China Grove Middle
Cleveland Elementary
Corriher Lipe Middle
Dole Elementary
East Rowan High
Enochville Elementary
Erwin Elementary
Faith Elementary
Granite Quarry Elementary
Henderson High
Hurley Elementary
Isenberg Elementary
Knollwood Elementary
Knox Middle
Koontz Elementary
Landis Elementary
Millbridge Elementary
Morgan Elementary
Mt. Ulla Elementary
North Rowan Elementary
North Rowan High
North Rowan Middle
Overton Elementary
Rockwell Elementary
Rowan Co Early College
Salisbury High
Shive Elementary
South Rowan High
Southeast Middle
West Rowan High
West Rowan Middle
Woodleaf 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."[15] 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 Rowan-Salisbury Schools who took all tests:[16]

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 3,718 4,888 76.1%
2012-2013 1,759 5,005 35.1%

Contact information

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Rowan-Salisbury School System
P.O. Box 2349
Salisbury, NC 28145
Phone: 704-636-7500

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Rowan-Salisbury Schools 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Rowan-Salisbury Schools," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Rowan County, North Carolina," accessed August 26, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 26, 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. Rowan-Salisbury School System, "About Our Superintendent," accessed December 3, 2014
  8. Charlotte Observer, "Moody leaving Rock Hill for Rowan schools job," August 26, 2013
  9. Rowan-Salisbury School System, "Board of Education," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Policy Manual, "1-17 Board Meetings," accessed December 3, 2014
  12. Rowan-Salisbury Schools, "Annual Budget Resolution," accessed December 5, 2013 (dead link)
  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. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014