School District of Oconee County, South Carolina

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School District of Oconee County
Oconee County, South Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Michael Thorsland
Enrollment:10,236 students
Graduation rate:82.5%[1]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $116.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Andy Inabinet
Board members:5
Term length:4
School District of Oconee County is a school district in South Carolina that serves Oconee County. In the 2011-2012 school year, School District of Oconee County was the 20th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 10,236 students in 19 schools.[2]

About the district

School District of Oconee County is located in Oconee County, South Carolina.
School District of Oconee County is located in Oconee County, South Carolina. The county seat of Oconee County is Oconee. Oconee County is home to 74,273 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]


Oconee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.6 percent of Oconee 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 Oconee County was $41,854 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Oconee County was 19.2 percent compared to 18.0 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Oconee County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 89.5 68.3
Black or African American 7.8 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 0.8 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.8 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Oconee County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 8,550 21,611
2008 9,481 21,164
2004 8,395 18,811
2000 7,571 15,364

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 the School District of Oconee County is Dr. Michael Thorsland, who was appointed to the position in April 2014. He had previously been serving as the district's assistant superintendent for nine years.[5]

School board

The Oconee County Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of five members elected to staggered four-year terms. They serve by specific geographic district.[6]

Oconee County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Jerry Lee District 1 2018
Rosemary Bailes District 2 2016
Andy Inabinet District 3 2018
Denise McCormick District 4 2016
Buddy G. Herring District 5 2016

School board elections

See also: School District of Oconee County elections (2014)

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

Public participation in board meetings

School District of Oconee County does not maintain a policy on public participation in board meetings.


The table below displays the budget for the School District of Oconee County:[2][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
2010-2011 $45,265,000 75.9% $2,310,000 3.9% $10,842,000 18.2% $960,000 1.6% $246,000 0.4% $59,623,000
2012-2013 $65,387,141 57.6% $0.00 0% $40,480,422 35.7% $1,591,234 1.4% $6,059,416 5.3% $113,518,213
2013-2014 $66,049,638 56.8% $0.00 0% $42,771,009 36.8% $1,514,153 1.3% $5,885,684 5.1% $116,220,484
Averages: $58,900,593 61% $770,000 1% $31,364,477 33% $1,355,129 1% $4,063,700 4% $96,453,899

Teacher salaries

Oconee County 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.[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's degree 33,529 52,321
Bachelor's degree + 18 hours 34,882 54,111
Master's degree 38,219 59,227
Master's degree + 30 hours 41,558 62,808
Doctorate 44,896 72,471

Schools in School District of Oconee County


The district served 10,236 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.5 percent decrease in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[9]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 10,397 N/A
2010-2011 10,276 -1.2
2011-2012 10,236 -0.4

District schools

School District of Oconee County operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

School District of Oconee County Schools
School Name
Blue Ridge Elementary School
Fair-Oak Elementary School
Fred P. Hamilton Career Center
James M. Brown Elementary School
Keowee Elementary School
Northside Elementary School
Oakway Intermediate
Orchard Park Elementary School
Ravenel Elementary School
Seneca High School
Seneca Middle School
Tamassee-Salem Elementary School
Tamassee-Salem Middle School-High School
Walhalla Elementary School
Walhalla High School
Walhalla Middle School
West Oak Middle School
West-Oak High School
Westminster 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:[11]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[12]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 74.9 44.1
Math 74.6 39.6
Science 69.6 23.0
Social Studies 73.1 30.8
Writing 76.6 37.6

Contact information

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School District of Oconee County
414 South Pine Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
Phone: (864) 886-4400

See also

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