Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia

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Spotsylvania County
Public Schools
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
link=Spotsylvania County  Public Schools
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Scott Baker
Enrollment:23,585 students
Graduation rate:88.2%
Number of schools:29
Budget: $277.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:7
Term length:4
Spotsylvania County Public Schools is the 11th-largest school district in Virginia, serving 23,585 students in 29 schools. It is located near the eastern border of Virginia in Spotsylvania County.

About the district

Spotsylvania County Public Schools is located in Spotsylvania County, VA
Spotsylvania County Public Schools is located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Spotsylvania County is home to 122,397 residents.[1]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Spotsylvania County overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 88.2% compared to 86.6% statewide. The average household income was $78,299 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Spotsylvania County had a poverty rate of 7.7%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Spotsylvania County (%) Virginia (%)
White 78.2 71.1
Black 15.8 19.7
Hispanic or Latino 8.0 8.4
Asian 2.4 6.0
American Indian 0.4 0.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 43.4 54.9
2008 46.0 52.9
2004 36.6 62.8
2000 38.4 59.2

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.[3]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Spotsylvania County Public Schools is Scott Baker, who was appointed to his position in May 2012. Previously, Baker served as director of K-12 curriculum and instruction at Hanover County Public Schools. He has his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in theater arts from Radford University and both his special education teaching credentials and his doctorate from the University of Virginia.[4]

School board

The Spotsylvania County School Board is comprised of seven members elected by district who serve four-year terms.[5]

Spotsylvania County School Board
Member Role District Term Ends
Amanda Blalock Chair Lee Hill District 2017
James A. Meyer Vice Chair Courtland District 2015
William M. Blaine, Jr. Member Salem District 2015
Ray Lora Member Livingston District 2015
Erin Grampp Member Berkeley District 2017
Dawn Shelley Member Chancellor District 2015
Baron Braswell Member Battlefield District 2017

School board elections

See also: Spotsylvania County Public Schools elections (2013)

Three seats were up for election on the Spotsylvania County School Board on November 5, 2013. The Battlefield, Lee Hill and Berkeley Districts were filled by unopposed candidate Baron Braswell, challenger Erin Grampp and unopposed incumbent Amanda Blalock, respectively. Four seats will be up for election in November 2015.

Budget

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Spotsylvania County Public Schools has an operating budget of $277.7 million.

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
2009-2010 $172,982,606 62.7% $0 0% $55,968,548 20.3% $31,863,833 11.6% $14,865,312 5.4% $275,680,298
2010-2011 $165,582,010 64.6% $0 0% $54,306,904 21.2% $31,957,290 12.5% $4,317,463 1.7% $256,163,667
2011-2012 $167,142,147 64.9% $0 0% $54,699,239 21.2% $30,453,789 11.8% $5,282,634 2.1% $257,577,959
2012-2013 $179,668,066 66.3% $0 0% $56,332,171 20.8% $28,417,437 10.5% $6,724,104 2.5% $271,141,778
2013-2014 $182,668,684 65.8% $0 0% $57,189,386 20.6% $25,622,391 9.2% $12,186,631 4.4% $277,667,092
Averages: $173,608,702.6 65% $0 0% $55,699,249.6 21% $29,662,948 11% $8,675,228.8 3% $267,646,158.8

Teacher salaries

Table below is based on employees with a bachelor's degree. Supplemental pay is as follows: Bachelor's plus 15 hours (in a master's program) is an additional 3%, Masters 7%, Masters plus 15 hours 10%, Education Specialist Degree 11.5% and Doctorate 13%.

Spotsylvania County Teacher Salary Scale 2013-2014[6]
Years Experience Salary ($) _ 0 39,000
1 39,200
2 40,161
3 40,373
4 40,592
5 40,902
6 41,219
7 41,879
8 42,564
9 43,274
10 44,114
11 44,877
12 45,347
13 46,481
14 47,642
15 48,834
16 50,056
17 51,306
18 52,589
19 53,903
20 55,251
21 56,631
22 58,049
23 59,499
24 60,987
25 62,511
26 64,075
27 65,676
28 67,318
29 69,000
30 70,725
31 72,494
32 74,306
33 76,164
34 78,067
35 80,019
36 82,020

Schools in Spotsylvania County

Spotsylvania County operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[7]

Spotsylvania County schools
Name
Battlefield Elementary School
Battlefield Middle School
Berkeley Elementary School
Brock Road Elementary School
Cedar Forest Elementary School
Chancellor Elementary School
Chancellor High School
Chancellor Middle School
Courthouse Road Elementary School
Courtland Elementary School
Courtland High School
Freedom Middle School
Harrison Road Elementary School
Lee Hill Elementary School
Livingston Elementary School
Massaponax High School
Ni River Middle School
Parkside Elementary School
Post Oak Middle School
Riverbend High School
Riverview Elementary School
Robert E. Lee Elementary School
Salem Elementary School
Smith Station Elementary School
Spotswood Elementary School
Spotsylvania High School
Spotsylvania Middle School
Thornsburg Middle School
Wilderness Elementary School

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[8]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Spotsylvania County Public Schools as having a student population of 24,081 and 29 schools in the division.

Spotsylvania County Public School Division made AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[9]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Battlefield Elementary Pre-K – 5 669 Yes
Battlefield Middle 6 - 8 782 Yes
Berkeley Elementary Pre-K – 5 327 Yes
Brock Road Elementary Pre-K – 5 797 Yes
Cedar Forest Elementary Pre-K – 5 728 Yes
Chancellor Elementary Pre-K – 5 333 Yes
Chancellor High 9 - 12 1,374 Yes
Chancellor Middle 6 - 8 835 No
Courthouse Road Elementary Pre-K – 5 889 No
Courtland Elementary Pre-K – 5 588 No
Courtland High 9 - 12 1,283 Yes
Freedom Middle 6 - 8 875 Yes
Harrison Road Elementary Pre-K – 5 760 Yes
Lee Hill Elementary Pre-K – 5 574 Yes
Livingston Elementary Pre-K – 5 473 Yes
Massaponax High 9 - 12 1,988 Yes
Ni River Middle 6 - 8 726 No
Parkside Elementary Pre-K – 5 886 Yes
Post Oak Middle 6 - 8 733 No
Riverbend High 9 - 12 1,976 Yes
Riverview Elementary Pre-K – 5 643 Yes
Robert E. Lee Elementary Pre-K – 5 484 No
Salem Elementary Pre-K – 5 643 Yes
Smith Station Elementary Pre-K – 5 843 Yes
Spotswood Elementary Pre-K – 5 409 Yes
Spotsylvania High 9 - 12 1,214 No
Spotsylvania Middle 6 - 8 840 No
Thornburg Middle 6 - 8 658 No
Wilderness Elementary Pre-K – 5 751 Yes
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Last updated on July 26, 2010.

The good

  • The Spotsylvania County Public Schools 2009-2010 and approved 2010-2011 budgets, including federal, state, and local revenue information, are available.[10]
  • School board meeting schedule and agendas are available.[11]
  • Administrative and school board contact information is available.[12][13]
  • Academic performance information is available via a link to the Virginia Department of Education School Report Card. Adequate Yearly Progress and Virginia Standards of Learning information is also available.[14]
  • Section K: School-Community Relations of the Spotsylvania County School Board Policy Manual includes Request for Information procedures in compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Section D: Fiscal Management includes information regarding audit requirements and Section G: Personnel includes hiring and evaluation procedures.[15]
  • Teacher salary scales are posted on the division website.[16]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[17]

The bad

  • Current meeting minutes are not available.
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • The website does not include the results of audits.
  • Current teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[18]

Contact information

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Board of Trustees
Spotsylvania County Public Schools
8020 River Stone Drive
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Phone: 540-834-2500

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