Spartanburg County School District 6, South Carolina

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Spartanburg County School District 6
Rosebuck, SC
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District Profile
Superintendent:Darryl Owings
Enrollment:10,597
Graduation rate:85.4%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $91 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynn Harris
Board members:9
Term length:4
Spartanburg County School District 6 is a school district in South Carolina that serves the city of Chesnee. It is the 19th largest school district in South Carolina, serving 10,597 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $91 million.[1]

About the district

Spartanburg County School District 6 is located in Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 2 is located in Spartanburg County, which is in Northwestern South Carolina. The county is home to 288,745 residents.[2]

Demographics

The county underperformed the state in median household income and higher education, but outperformed the state in poverty rate in 2011. According to the US Census, the median household income in Spartanburg County was $43,563 compared to South Carolina's statewide median of $44,587. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Spartanburg County was 16.2% while the state rate was 17.0%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a Bachelor's degree or higher in Spartanburg County was 20.4% compared to the state average of 24.2%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Spartanburg County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 74.9 68.4
Black or African American 20.9 28.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 6.1 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.8 60.9
2008 39.0 60.0
2004 34.8 64.1
2000 35.4 62.4


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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Spartanburg County School District 6 is Daryl Owings.[5]

School board

The Spartanburg School District 6 Board of Trustees is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[6]

Spartanburg School District 2
MEMBER DISTRICT TERM ENDS
Michael Forrester At-large 2017
Mary Lou Hightower At-large 2017
Dale Evans At-large 2017
Kevin Harrison At-large 2017
Mike Crook At-large 2017
Lynn Harris At-large 2015
Charles Boyd At-large 2015
Wendell Lee At-large 2015
Alex Meadows At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Spartanburg County School District 6 elections (2013)

Members of the Spartanburg County School District 6 Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Four seats are up for election in November 2015 and five seats are up for election in November 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Spartanburg County School District 6 Board of Trustees maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

All official meetings of the Board shall be open to the press and public. However, the Board reserves the right to meet for work sessions and to adjourn or recess a meeting at any time to discuss such matters as are properly considered in executive sessions (see BCBK).

The Board desires citizens of District Six to attend its sessions so that they may become better acquainted with the operation and programs of the schools and that the Board may have opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public.

In order to assure that all persons who wish to appear before the Board may be heard and, at the same time, conduct its meetings properly and efficiently, the Board has adopted as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation in board meetings:

  • Anyone wishing to speak before the Board, representing either himself or a group, must inform the superintendent or board chairman of his desire to do so and his topic as early as possible, but at least five (5) days before the meeting. This will permit orderly scheduling of his remarks on the meeting agenda.
  • Any individual requesting to speak must provide his name, address, and a written summary of the subject he is addressing himself to as spokesperson.
  • His presentation should be as brief as possible, yet include all information considered important by the speaker. Unless an extension of time is granted, each speaker shall limit himself to five minutes.
  • If one spokesman has presented a matter, it is not necessary for others to repeat the same ideas, but anyone may speak who has something to add that is pertinent. Others speaking on the same subject shall usually be limited to one minute each.
  • Questions, suggestions, proposals, or criticisms which have been presented verbally should also be submitted in writing and signed by the individual or the spokesman of the group appearing before the Board.
  • Persons appearing before the Board are reminded as a point of information that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters; thus, questions may be directed to the Board but answers must be deferred pending consideration by the Board.
  • Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concerns them. But in public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. Other channels have been established by the Board for the consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.
  • No profane or vulgar language will be permitted nor personal abuse against any person. The Board vests in its chairman or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he does not adhere to the rules established above. At any time the Board may adjourn the meeting or the chairman may recess the meeting and call the Board into executive session.

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Budget

Spartanburg County School District 6 publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

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 $60,111,000 65.6% $6,277,000 6.8% $22,760,000 24.8% $534,000 0.6% $2,006,000 2.2% $91,688,000
Averages: $60,111,000 66% $6,277,000 7% $22,760,000 25% $534,000 1% $2,006,000 2% $91,688,000

Teacher Salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated for the Spartanburg County District 6 teachers:[10]

Spartanburg County School District 6 Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,361 51,770
BA + 18 34,862 53,523
MA 38,196 58,537
MA + 30 41,533 62,042
D 44,869 71,511

Schools in Spartanburg County School District 6

Enrollment

The district served 10,597 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 3.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2011 and 2012:

Total enrollment[11]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 10,238
2009-2010 10,335 0.9
2010-2011 10,460 1.2
2011-2012 10,564 0.9
2012-2013 10,660 0.9
2014-2014 10,597 -0.5

District schools

Spartanburg School District 6 operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Spartanburg School District 6
Anderson Mill Elementary
Arcadia Elementary
Dorman Freshman Campus
Dorman High
Fairforest Elementary
Fairforest Middle
Jesse S. Bobo Elementary
L. E. Gable Middle
Lone Oak Elementary
Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary
R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center
R. P. Dawkins Middle
Roebuck Elementary
West View Elementary
Woodland Heights Elementary

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In South Carolina, AYP measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class), studnet performance on standardized tests and test participation. Spartanburg County School District 6 did not make AYP in 2011.[13]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011
Attendance Y
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Student Performance N
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Test Preparation Y
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Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Federal Accountability System

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 as a part of the "War on Poverty." ESEA emphasizes equal access to education and establishes high standards and accountability. The law authorizes federally funded education programs that are administered by the states. In 2002, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as the No Child Left Behind Act. The ESEA rates schools based on grading scaled based on a number of academic standards. In 2013, Spartanburg County School District 6 received an B on its ESEA report card, meaning the district's performance exceeded the state's expectations.[14]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • School board meeting schedule[15] and agendas are posted.[16]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[17]
  • Some vendor contracts are available.[18]
  • Spending transparency reports posted[19]

The bad

  • School board members are listed, but contact information is not available.[20]
  • Meeting minutes are not available.
  • Does not include information on taxes, contracts, audits, academic performance, and background checks.
  • There is no information on how to request public records.

Contact information

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Spartanburg County School District 6

1390 Cavalier Way
Rosebuck, SC 29376

Phone: (864) 576-4212

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