Tuscaloosa City Schools, Alabama

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Tuscaloosa City Schools
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City School Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Paul McKendrick
Enrollment:10,065 students
Graduation rate:71.0%
Number of schools:24
Budget: $128.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dan Meissner
Board members:8
Term length:4
Tuscaloosa City Schools is a school district in the state of Alabama. It is the tenth-largest school district in the state serving 10,348 students in 24 schools.[1]

About the district

Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa is located northwest of the state capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 Census, Tuscaloosa is home to 90,898 residents.[2]


Tuscaloosa lags behind the rest of Alabama based on median household income and persons below the poverty level but outperforms the state average in high school graduation rates. The median household income for Tuscaloosa is $34,359 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Tuscaloosa is 29.6% while it is 17.3% for the state of Alabama. 85.3% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 81.9% of Alabama residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 32.7% of Tuscaloosa residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 22% for the state of Alabama.

2010 Census Data for Tuscaloosa, Alabama[2]
Race Tuscaloosa State of Alabama
White 53.8% 68.5%
Black or African American 41.5% 26.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.6%
Asian 1.8% 1.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1%
Two or more race 1.1% 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino 3.0% 3.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 52.6% 67%

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[3]


Dr. Paul McKendrick began his tenure as the 13th Superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools on September 1, 2011. The school district website has the following as his identified objectives for his term.[4]

  • To identify the significant and critical issues, events, and concerns facing the Tuscaloosa City Schools, especially those related to the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that heavily damaged and/or destroyed several schools in the city.
  • To understand the values, goals, and expectations of parents, the community, and the school system.
  • To establish a community presence and to develop relationships with and the trust of the community.
  • To ascertain and then build on the strengths of the school system.
  • To gather information about the community and the school system.

School Board

The Tuscaloosa Board of Education consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. There are seven members representing specific geographic districts and an eighth member elected by voters as the board chair.[5]

Tuscaloosa Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Lee Garrison Chair 2013 2017
James Minyard 1 2001 2017
Earnestine Tucker 2 2001 2017
Norman A. Crow 3 2013 2017
Cason Kirby 4 2013 2017
Harry C. Lee 5 2009 2017
Marvin L. Lucas 6 2009 2017
Erskine Simmons 7 2009 2017

School board elections

See also: Tuscaloosa City School District elections (2013)

All eight seats on the Tuscaloosa Board of Education are up for election in August every four years. The district will hold elections for eight board seats on August 27, 2013.


The table below displays the budget for Tuscaloosa City Schools.[6][7][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
2011-2012 $49,370,047.70 39.1% $17,493,469.79 13.9% $8,397,928.10 6.7% $7,549,872.62 6% $34,370,257.7 27.2% $126,181,575.91
2012-2013 $54,880,006.05 43% $19,486,939.14 15.3% $7,762,771.00 6.1% $8,038,836.91 6.3% $34,296,763.14 26.8% $127,775,386.24
2013-2014 $56,148,468.29 39.5% $20,954,377.89 14.7% $10,087,725.26 7.1% $8,096,917.44 5.7% $46,589,845.22 32.7% $142,277,334.10
2014-2015 $56,055,626.44 43.7% $19,984,118.13 15.6% $10,426,370.00 8.1% $8,962,439.00 7% $32,869,136.73 25.6% $128,297,690.30
Averages: $54,113,537.12 41% $19,479,726.24 15% $9,168,698.59 7% $8,162,016.49 6% $37,031,500.7 28% $131,132,996.64

Teacher salaries

Tuscaloosa City Schools employed 832 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[10] This chart is according to a 9 month, 187 day Schedule 16 for teachers and curriculum coaches[11]

Salary structure
Years Experience Bachelor's Degree ($) Master's Degree ($) Rank IAA Degree ($) Doctoral Degree($)
0-2 36,144.00 41,564.00 44,818.00 48,071.00
3 39,756.00 45,720.00 49,297.00 52,877.00
4 39,782.00 45,720.00 49,297.00 52,877.00
5 39,960.00 45,720.00 49,297.00 52,877.00
6 41,497.00 47,721.00 51,470.00 55,191.00
7 41,507.00 47,721.00 51,470.00 55,191.00
8 41,691.00 47,721.00 51,470.00 55,191.00
9 42,053.00 48,362.00 52,148.00 55,932.00
10 42,056.00 48,362.00 52,148.00 55,932.00
11 42,280.00 48,362.00 52,148.00 55,932.00
12-14 42,818.00 49,238.00 53,093.00 56,949.00
15-17 43,794.00 50,364.00 54,305.00 58,244.00
18-20 44,360.00 51,012.00 55,005.00 58,999.00
21-23 44,926.00 51,666.00 55,708.00 59,752.00
24-26 45,461.00 52,201.00 56,245.00 60,288.00
27+ 45,997.00 52,737.00 56,780.00 60,824.00


The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the teachers union for the State of Alabama.[12] The AEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[13]

Schools in Tuscaloosa City


Tuscaloosa City Schools serves 10,065 students in 24 schools.[14]

District schools

Tuscaloosa City Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[15]

Tuscaloosa City Schools
Name Grades
Alberta Elementary School PK-5
Arcadia Elementary School PK-5
Central Elementary School PK-2
Central High School 9-12
Eastwood Middle School 6-8
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School 3-5
Northington Elementary School PK-5
Northridge High School 9-12
Oak Hill School 6-12
Oakdale Elementary School PK-2
Paul W. Bryant High School 9-12
Rock Quarry Elementary School K-5
Rock Quarry Middle School 6-8
Skyland Elementary School K-5
Southview Elementary School K-5
Southview Middle School 6-8
Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy 9-12
Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Elementary K-5
Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Middle 6-8
University Place Elementary School K-5
University Place Middle School 6-8
Verner Elementary School K-5
Westlawn Middle School 6-8
Woodland Forrest Elementary School K-5

Academic performance

The Alabama Department of Education's Student Assessment Program tests students K – 12 in core content areas of reading, mathematics, language, and science, including specialist populations such as special education students and limited English proficient students.[16]

The Alabama Accountability Program sets Annual Measurable Objectives for schools and school systems. To achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward system goals, schools must score at or above the set objectives and have at least a 95% participation rate amongst students. Students are tested in reading and mathematics. A school that misses AYP in the same area for two consecutive years is identified as In Improvement.[17]

AYP results for the State of Alabama and Tuscaloosa City Schools are noted below.[18] Results for individual schools within each district can be accessed through the Accountability Reporting Query System on the Alabama State Department of Education website.[19]

Reading Achievement Scores, 2011-2012[18]
Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 1% 13% 38% 47%
4th 0% 15% 36% 49%
5th 0% 12% 34% 54%
6th 0% 2% 16% 82%
7th 0% 15% 36% 48%
8th 1% 25% 40% 34%

Math Achievement Scores, 2011-2012[18]
Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 5% 14% 25% 56%
4th 3% 11% 27% 59%
5th 0% 6% 28% 65%
6th 0% 25% 45% 30%
7th 0% 34% 37% 30%
8th 0% 28% 49% 23%

State of Alabama AYP Results, 2011-2012[18]
Level Made AYP?
State of Alabama Y
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Tuscaloosa City Y
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Definitions of performance standards

The Alabama Student Assessment Program uses four levels to determine if a district is meeting expectations. The following list defines these levels:

  • Level I - Does Not Meet Academic Content Standards
  • Level II - Partially Meets Academic Content Standards
  • Level III - Meets Academic Content Standards
  • Level IV - Exceeds Academic Content Standards


Failing schools

Tuscaloosa City Schools currently has four schools listed as failing according to the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013. Under the provisions of the act, parents of students in these schools may transfer their children to either a non-failing school in the same school system, a non-failing public school in nearby school system that's willing to accept the student or a state-recognized accredited private school. Parents who transfer their children to a private school are eligible for a private school tax credit worth about $3,500 annually per child that they'll receive when they get their tax returns.[20][21]

Overflow of applicants for University Place schools

In 2013, Superintendent McKendrick opened enrollment to the University Place schools to all students living in the Tuscaloosa County School zone in order to allow every student to access the new STEAM program. The two schools had a total of 97 openings for students and received a total of 224 applicants. Student applicants were placed in a lottery system and chosen at random. Expansion of these schools is possible, but Superintendent McKendrick suggested they see how the schools perform for one year before they add additional classrooms.[22]

School Choice

Schools that do not meet State goals for student achievement are required to provide parents with the option of sending their child to another public school that is not also recognized as In Improvement, per the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).[23]

Four schools in Tuscaloosa City are required to offer school choice for the 2010-2011 school year: Central Primary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, Oakdale Primary, and Westlawn Middle School. Students are eligible to transfer to six higher performing schools in the district.[24]

Contact information

Tuscaloosa City School Logo.jpg
Tuscaloosa City Board of Education
1210 21st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 759-3700

Website evaluation

Taxes P
Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Public Records N
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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on October 19, 2012.

The good

  • Taxes
    • Revenue totals are included in budget documents.[25]
  • Budget
    • Budget documents are posted.[25]
  • Meetings
    • Archived meeting minutes are posted.[26]
  • Elected officials
    • Board members are listed with contact details.[27]
  • Administrative officials
    • A partial list of administrative telephone numbers is listed.
  • Contracts
    • Salary schedules are available.[28]
  • Audits
    • Financial audits are posted.[25]
  • Academic performance
    • The site provides a link to state listed academic accountability reports.
  • Background checks
    • Background check details are posted.[29]

The bad

  • Taxes
    • Tax rates are not posted.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not up to date.
    • Meeting agendas and schedules are not posted.
  • Administrative officials
    • Administrative email addresses are not listed.
  • Lobbying
    • [Taxpayer-funded lobbying] details are not posted.
  • Public records
    • Information is not available on how to file a public records request.

See also

External links


  1. Tuscaloosa City Schools, "Schools," accessed July 24, 2013 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Tuscaloosa," accessed July 24, 2013 (dead link)
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Tuscaloosa City Schools, "Meet our Superintendent, Dr. Paul McKendrick" accessed July 25, 2013
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Board_Members
  6. State of Alabama Department of Education, "FY 2012 Combined Budget for Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances," accessed July 25, 2013
  7. State of Alabama Department of Education, "FY 2013 Combined Budget for Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances," accessed July 25, 2013
  8. State of Alabama Department of Education, "FY 2014 Combined Budget for Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances," accessed December 8, 2014
  9. State of Alabama Department of Education, "FY 2015 Combined Budget for Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances," accessed December 8, 2014
  10. Tuscaloosa City Schools, "Tuscaloosa City Schools System Facts" accessed July 25,2013
  11. Tuscaloosa City Schools Personnel Department, "Salary Schedule Certified Tuscaloosa City Schools" accessed July 25, 2013
  12. 'Alabama Education Association', September 2, 2010
  13. 'National Education Association', September 2, 2010
  14. Tuscaloosa City Schools, "Tuscaloosa City Schools System Facts," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Tuscaloosa City Schools, "Schools" accessed July 25, 2013
  16. ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Assessment and Accountability, July 25, 2013
  17. ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Accountability Overview, July 25, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Alabama Department of Education, "Accountability Reporting," accessed July 25, 2013
  19. ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Accountability Reporting Query System, July 25, 2013
  20. Tuscaloosa News, "Residents turn out to talk about city schools" accessed July 23, 2013
  21. AL.com, "Four Tuscaloosa schools on 'failing' list under Alabama Accountability Act," June 18, 2013
  22. Tuscaloosa News, "University Place has overflow of student applicants" accessed July 25, 2013
  23. ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, School Choice Guidance, September 2, 2010
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named School_Choice
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education Finance Department, "Fiscal Reports," accessed August 16, 2013 (timed out)
  26. Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education, "Meetings," accessed August 16, 2013
  27. Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education, "About," accessed August 16, 2013
  28. Tuscaloosa City Schools Personnel Department, "Salary Schedules," accessed August 16, 2013 (timed out)
  29. Tuscaloosa City Schools Personnel Department, "FAQ," accessed August 16, 2013