Spartanburg School District 2, South Carolina

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Spartanburg School District 2
Chesnee, SC
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District Profile
Superintendent:Scott Mercer
Graduation rate:80.7
Number of schools:14
Budget: $67.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joyce Wright
Board members:9
Term length:4
Spartanburg School District 2 is a school district in South Carolina that serves the city of Chesnee. It is the 22nd largest school district in South Carolina, serving 9,721 students in 14 schools.[1]

About the district

Spartanburg County School District 2 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]


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 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.[4][5]


Scott Mercer is currently the superintendent of Spartanburg School District 2.[6]

School board

The Spartanburg School District 2 Board of Trustees is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[7]

Spartanburg School District 2
Jack Mabry At-large 2017
Craig Sims At-large 2017
Joyce Wright At-large 2017
Connie Smith At-large 2017
Harriette Hipp At-large 2017
Gordon Ray At-large 2015
Rusty Tucker At-large 2015
David C. Sereque At-large 2015
Angie K. Horton At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Spartanburg County School District 2 elections (2013)

Members of the Spartanburg School District 2 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.


The table below displays the budget for Spartanburg County School District 2.[8][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
2012-2013 $48,012,271 71.1% $4,614,950 6.8% $7,779,922 11.5% $0 0% $7,139,897 10.6% $67,547,039
2013-2014 $46,613,804 70.3% $4,526,791 6.8% $7,686,133 11.6% $0 0% $7,195,494 10.9% $66,284,629
2014-2015 $40,848,412 60.5% $0.00 0% $24,401,437 36.1% $0.00 0% $2,297,190 3.4% $67,547,039
Averages: $45,158,162.33 67% $3,047,247 5% $13,289,164 20% $0 0% $5,544,193.67 8% $67,126,235.67

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 2 teachers:[10]

Spartanburg County School District 2 Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,361 51,762
B.A. + 18 34,862 53,513
MA 38,199 58,528
MA + 30 41,534 62,034
D 44,870 71,502

Schools in Spartanburg School District 2


The district served 9,721 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 2.4% decrease in enrollment between 2011 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2011 and 2012:

Total enrollment[11]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2011-2012 9,964
2011-2012 9,720 -2.4
2012-2013 9,721 0.01

District schools

Spartanburg School District 2 operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Spartanburg School District 2
Boiling Springs Elementary School
Boiling Springs High School
Boiling Springs High School 9th Grade Campus
Boiling Springs Intermediate School
Boiling Springs Junior High School
Carlisle-Foster’s Grove Elementary School
Chesnee Elementary School
Chesnee High School
Chesnee Middle School
Cooley Springs -Fingerville Elementary School
Hendrix Elementary School
Mayo Elementary School
Oakland Elementary School
Rainbow Lake Middle School

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 School District 2 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 School District 2 received an A on its ESEA report card, meaning the district's performance substantially exceeded the state's expectations.[14]

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts N
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Audits N
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Public Records N
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Academics N
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact information.[15]
  • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are posted.[16]
  • Budget is posted[17]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[18]
  • Spending transparency reports posted[19]
  • Salary schedules are posted[20]

The bad

  • Budget is not published.
  • 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 School District 2

3231 Old Furnace Road
Chesnee, SC 29323

Phone: (864) 578-0128

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Spartanburg School District 2, "Home," accessed January 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2010 Census: Quick Facts, "Spartanburg County," accessed October 15, 2013"
  3. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Facebook, "Spartanburg 2 Superintendent," accessed January 29, 2014
  7. Spartanburg School District 2, "Board of Trustees," accessed January 29, 2014
  8. Spartanburg County School District 2, "2012-2013 General Fund Budget, accessed December 5, 2013
  9. Spartanburg County School District 2, "2014-2015 General Fund Budget, accessed December 15, 2014
  10. Spartanburg County School District 2, "Teacher Salary Schedule FY 2013-2014," accessed January 29, 2014
  11. Spartanburg County School District, "School Brochure," accessed January 30, 2014
  12. Spartanburg School District 2, "Schools," accessed January 30, 2014
  13. South Carolina Department of Education," "AYP 2011," accessed January 30, 2014
  14. South Carolina Board of Education," "2013 ESEA," accessed January 30, 2014
  15. School board (dead link)
  16. Meetings
  17. 2010-11 budget
  18. Administration
  19. transparency
  20. SalSched