Troup County School System, Georgia

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Troup County School System
Troup County, Georgia
Troup County School System logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Cole Pugh
Graduation rate:75.44 percent[2]
Number of schools:20
Budget: $103.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sheila Rowe
Board members:7
Term length:4
Troup County School System is a school district in Georgia that served 12,751 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] District schools have earned distinctions from state education officials including Georgia School of Excellence awards for LaGrange High School, Long Cane Elementary and Rosemont Elementary during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

About the district

Troup County School System is located in Troup County, Georgia
Troup County School System is located in Troup County, Georgia. The county seat of Troup County is LaGrange. Troup County is home to 69,053 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Troup County School System is the 30th-largest school district in Georgia.


Troup County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.7 percent of Troup County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Troup County was $40,246 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Troup County was 22.1 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Troup County (%) Georgia (%)
White 62.0 62.8
Black or African American 34.4 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.7 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 3.5 9.2

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.[5]


The superintendent of Troup County School System is Cole Pugh as of June 27, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Pugh previously served as the superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District in Texas.[6]

School board

The Troup County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district.

Troup County Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Allen Simpson 1 2012 2014
Dianne Matthews 2 2001 2016
Sheila Rowe 3 1993 2016
Ted Alford 4 2011 2014
Debbie Burdette 5 2001 2016
Ashley Johnson Adams 6 2013 2016
Alfred McNair 7 1988 2014

School board elections

See also: Troup County School System elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on May 20, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2010:

  • The Board of Education welcomes visitors to Board meetings and is willing to hear any person or persons desiring to appear before the Board. Individuals are expected to contact the Superintendent, his/her administrative staff and/or local school officials in an effort to secure a satisfactory solution to the concern. Members of the Board of Education shall refer all concerns/requests to the appropriate administrative official.
  • Persons who wish to appear before the Board must submit a request in writing stating the specific reason for the request to the Superintendent not later than noon Friday prior to the next regularly scheduled Thursday Board meeting. The Superintendent will schedule appearances on the meeting agenda.
  • Questions from Board members and/or the Superintendent may be asked for clarification but after a request for special action or a grievance has been heard, no comment will be made by Board members or the Superintendent. Matters requiring board action will be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting unless the Board by majority vote determines that action is needed on a matter prior to the next regular Board meeting.


—Troup County School System's website, (2014), [8]


Troup County School System publishes annual budgets on the Georgia Department of Education 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
2011-2012 $87,566,904 80% $7,202,847 6.6% $8,815,401 8.1% $0 0% $5,862,445 5.4% $109,447,597
2012-2013 $82,193,936 79.5% $6,492,712 6.3% $8,441,752 8.2% $0 0% $6,303,541 6.1% $103,431,941
Averages: $84,880,420 80% $6,847,779.5 6% $8,628,576.5 8% $0 0% $6,082,993 6% $106,439,769

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Troup County School System are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provision certificate + Bachelors 32,831 32,831
Professional certificate + Bachelors 34,742 52,266
Provisional certificate + Masters 37,000 55,661
Professional certificate + Masters 39,954 60,103
Professional certificate + Specialist 45,147 67,917
Professional certificate + Doctorate 50,114 75,387

Schools in Troup County School System


The district served 12,751 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.4 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,441 -
2008-2009 12,544 0.8
2009-2010 12,623 0.6
2010-2011 12,648 0.2
2011-2012 12,751 0.8

District schools

Troup County School System operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Troup County School System
Ault Academy
Berta Weathersbee Elementary School
Callaway Elementary School
Callaway High School
Callaway Middle School
Ethel W. Kight Magnet Elementary School
Franklin Forest Elementary School
Gardner Newman Middle School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Hogansville Elementary School
Hollis Hand Elementary School
LaGrange High School
Long Cane Elementary School
Long Cane Middle School
Mountville Elementary School
Rosemont Elementary School
The HOPE Academy
Troup County Comprehensive High School
West Point Elementary School
Whitesville Road Elementary School

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[12][13]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 93.0
3 ELA 90.3
3 Math 81.8
3 Science 78.5
3 Social Science 85.3
4 Reading 93.4
4 ELA 91.1
4 Math 83.5
4 Science 85.4
4 Social Science 85.7
5 Reading 94.6
5 ELA 96.4
5 Math 93.6
5 Science 81.6
5 Social Science 87.2

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 94.7
6 ELA 89.8
6 Math 82.5
6 Science 74.3
6 Social Science 79.2
7 Reading 93.9
7 ELA 90.1
7 Math 89.4
7 Science 80.7
7 Social Science 81.3
8 Reading 97.6
8 ELA 93.6
8 Math 83.1
8 Science 68.3
8 Social Science 73.1

Contact information

Troup County School System logo.jpg
Troup County School System
100 North Davis Rd.
P.O. Box 1228
LaGrange, GA 30241
Phone: (706) 812-7900

See also

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