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Shelby County Schools, Alabama

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Shelby County Schools
Columbiana, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Randy Fuller
Enrollment:22,773 students
Graduation rate:91%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $243.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Aubrey Miller
Board members:5
Term length:6
Shelby County Schools is a school district in the state of Alabama that served 22,773 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the fifth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Shelby County Schools is located in Shelby County, Alabama
Shelby County Schools is located in Shelby County, Alabama. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana. Shelby County is home to 204,180 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Shelby County outperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.5 percent of Shelby County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Shelby County was $69,379 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Shelby County was 7.7 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Shelby County (%) Alabama (%)
White 84.4 70.0
Black or African American 11.8 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 2.1 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.0 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, Shelny County[5]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 71,436 20,051
2008 69,060 20,625
2004 63,435 14,850
2000 47,651 13,183

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.[6][7]


The superintendent of Shelby County Schools is Randy Fuller. Working in the educational field for over 30 years, Fuller served as a teacher, coach, administrative assistant, assistant principal, and principal before becoming superintendent in November 2006. He first came to the district to oversee construction of Oak Mountain High School in 1998, remaining there as principal for 8 years.[8] Fuller earned an undergraduate degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and has several education degrees from the University of Montevallo.[9]

School board

Shelby County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to six-year terms by geographic electoral districts.[10]

Shelby County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Jimmy Bice 1 2012 2018
Kevin Morris 2 2012 2018
Peg Hill 3 2002 2020
Jane Hampton 4 2010 2016
Aubrey Miller 5 2010 2016

School board elections

See also: Shelby County Schools, Alabama elections (2014)

Members of the Shelby County school board are elected to six-year terms. Elections are held every even year. One seat was up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Shelby County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

2.4.5 Public Participation

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public. The Board encourages citizens of the community to appear and bring before the Board any matter deemed important to the improvement of the school district.

All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit such requests in writing to the Superintendent at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters are to be presented to the Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting. The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine whether items requested are significant enough to warrant inclusion on the agenda.

Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one person in advance as its spokesperson and provide that name to the Superintendent. Only persons or groups properly requesting an appearance before the Board shall be placed on the agenda. The Board, at its discretion, may address questions to persons who address the Board after the presentation is completed.

The Board shall have authority to terminate the remarks or remove any persons when such remarks become personal in nature or such person disrupts, becomes boisterous, or interferes in any manner with the orderly process of the meeting.

All delegations appearing before the Board shall present their problems and proposals as briefly and concisely as possible. The Board shall be guided by its previously adopted policies in arriving at a decision on matters brought up by any such delegation. This policy in no way interferes with the public's right to address the Board on agenda items.[11]

—Shelby County Schools website, (2014)[12]


The Shelby County School District's budget is published on its website.[13]

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 $122,350,656 50.3% $35,463,194 14.6% $20,771,155 8.5% $18,498,248 7.6% $45,991,492 18.9% $243,074,750
Averages: $122,350,656 50% $35,463,194 15% $20,771,155 9% $18,498,248 8% $45,991,492 19% $243,074,750

Teacher Salaries

Shelby County Schools employed 1,852 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] These charts detail teacher salaries according to the 2014-2015 teacher salary schedule.[14]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Rank II 36,867.84 48,521.40
Rank I 43,396.72 55,310.40
AA 45,715.92 59,097.12
Doctorate 49,033.32 62,667.24
Salary structure 197 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Rank II 38,838.60 51,115.68
Rank I 44,663.88 58,268.76
AA 48,160.68 62,257.92
Doctorate 51,655.44 66,018.72
Salary structure 207 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Rank II 40,810.08 53,710.32
Rank I 46,931.04 61,226.52
AA 50,605.32 65,418.24
Doctorate 54,277.56 69,369.84
Salary structure 222 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Rank II 43,767.36 57,602.40
Rank I 50,331.84 65,663.16
AA 54,272.40 70,158.72
Doctorate 58,210.68 74,396.64
Salary structure 240 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Rank II 47,316.00 62,272.80
Rank I 54,412.80 70,987.20
AA 58,672.80 75,847.20
Doctorate 62,930.40 80,428.80

Schools in Shelby County


Shelby County Schools served 22,773 students in 31 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district had experienced a continual increase in enrollment in recent years until the 2013-2014 school year, when it dropped significantly.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 23,462
2005-2006 24,711 5.0
2006-2007 25,635 3.6
2007-2008 26,299 2.5
2008-2009 26,996 2.5
2009-2010 27,629 2.3
2010-2011 28,036 1.5
2011-2012 28,264 0.8
2012-2013 28,615 1.2
2013-2014 22,773 -25.7

District schools

Shelby County Schools operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[16][17]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[18]

Contact information

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Shelby County Schools
410 East College Street
P.O. Box 1910
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: 205-682-7000
Fax: 205-682-7005

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Shelby County, Alabama," accessed November 21, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Shelby County, Alabama," accessed September 15, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed September 15, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.
  8. 280 Living, "Fuller seeking re-election as superintendent," January 14, 2014
  9. Shelby County Schools, "Superintendent's Office," accessed November 21, 2014
  10. Shelby County Schools, "Shelby County School Board Members," accessed November 21, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Shelby County Schools, "Shelby County Schools Policy Manual," accessed November 21, 2014
  13. Shelby County Schools, "Combined Budget," accessed December 5, 2013
  14. Shelby County Schools, "2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed November 21, 2014
  15. Shelby County Schools, "Directory of Shelby County Schools," accessed November 20, 2014
  16. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  17. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  18. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014