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Tuscaloosa County School System
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Elizabeth D. Swinford
Enrollment:17,754 students
Graduation rate:77%[1]
Number of schools:34
Budget: $170.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mark Nelson
Board members:7
Term length:6
Tuscaloosa County Schools is a school district in the state of Alabama that served 17,754 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the ninth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Tuscaloosa County School System is located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Tuscaloosa County School System is located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. The county seat of Tuscaloosa County is Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa County is home to 200,821 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Tuscaloosa County outperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.6 percent of Tuscaloosa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Tuscaloosa County was $43,996 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Tuscaloosa County was 19.2 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Tuscaloosa County (%) Alabama (%)
White 66.5 70.0
Black or African American 30.7 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.7
Asian 1.4 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, Tuscaloosa County[5]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 45,748 32,048
2008 45,405 32,796
2004 42,877 26,447
2000 34,003 24,614

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.[6][7]


The superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County School System is Dr. Elizabeth D. Swinford. The board of education named Swinford to the post on April 18, 2013, and she officially assumed the role on June 17, 2013. Born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, Swinford graduated from InterAmerican University with a major in biology and minor in secondary education. She earned her master's in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her doctorate in organizational leadership.[8]

Swinford was an assistant principal in the Morongo Unified School District in California from 1996 to 1998, going on to become principal from 1998 to 2001. She then moved to Louisiana, serving as director of certified personnel for Caddo Parish Schools from 2001 to 2003 and associate superintendent for human resources for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System from 2003 to 2010. That year she went to Missouri to be superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren School District, which she was serving as when selected by the Tuscaloosa County school board.[9]

School board

Tuscaloosa County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to six-year terms.[10]

Tuscaloosa County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Schmitt Moore 1 2006 2018
James Barnett 2 2002 2020
Gary Mims 3 2012 2018
Don Presley 4 2014 2020
Mark Nelson 5 2010 2016
Joe Boteler 6 2010 2016
Bill Copeland 7 2006 2018

School board elections

See also: Tuscaloosa County School System elections (2014)

Members of the Tuscaloosa County school board are elected to staggered six-year terms. Elections are held each even year. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Tuscaloosa County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

The Board encourages citizen participation at meetings for the purpose of communicating matters important to the improvement of the school district. The President or presiding officer shall be able to regulate and control public participation.

Any concerns or complaints about board actions or operations may be addressed directly to the Board by written request for the matter to be placed on the agenda as described in Section (V). All delegations or individuals who wish to comment on a scheduled agenda item may be permitted to do so by signing in prior to the meeting. The sign-in sheet for board meetings will be displayed in an area that is visible and accessible by the public. Based upon the number of person(s) indicating a desire to speak about an agenda item, the superintendent shall recommend to the board president a specific length of time for such person(s) to be allowed to speak so as to continue the orderly process of the meeting.

Comments involving specific concerns related to instruction, discipline, or learning materials are to be addressed at specified levels in the following order:

A. Teacher
B. Designated building-level employee, if applicable (athletic director, counselor, assistant principal, etc.)
C. Principal
D. Designated Central Office Staff Member, as determined by the Superintendent
E. Superintendent
F. Board of Education

Complaints about school personnel will be investigated by the administration prior to any consideration or actions by the Board. At no time, however, shall the remarks of any person be focused as a personal attack. If such an attack occurs, the President or presiding officer of the Board shall proceed to terminate the citizen’s time on the agenda.[11]

—Tuscaloosa County School System website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for the Tuscaloosa County School System:[13]

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 $102,645,339 49.3% $23,948,207 11.5% $63,631,010 30.5% $15,356,917 7.4% $2,740,764 1.3% $208,322,237
2013-2014 $107,004,588 58.9% $21,895,087 12.1% $34,563,708 19% $15,618,212 8.6% $2,618,645 1.4% $181,700,240
2014-2015 $111,458,307 65.4% $22,338,211 13.1% $17,516,109 10.3% $15,726,139 9.2% $3,352,991 2% $170,391,757
Averages: $107,036,078 57% $22,727,168.33 12% $38,570,275.67 21% $15,567,089.33 8% $2,904,133.33 2% $186,804,744.67

Teacher salaries

The Tuscaloosa County School System employed 1,108 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] The following table details the 2014-2015 Alabama state minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers:[14]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Non-Degree 36,867 46,917
Bachelor 36,867 46,917
Master 42,395 53,792
6-Year 45,714 57,916
Doctoral 49,032 62,040

Schools in Tuscaloosa County


The Tuscaloosa County School System served 17,754 students in 34 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has experienced an increase in enrollment each year during the last decade, with the exception of a slight dip during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 16,020
2005-2006 16,272 1.5
2006-2007 16,504 1.4
2007-2008 16,813 1.8
2008-2009 17,351 3.1
2009-2010 17,481 0.7
2010-2011 17,614 0.8
2011-2012 17,533 -0.4
2012-2013 17,661 0.7
2013-2014 17,754 0.5

District schools

The Tuscaloosa County School System operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[15][16]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[17]

Contact information

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Tuscaloosa County School System
1118 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 758-0411

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Tuscaloosa County, Alabama," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Tuscaloosa County, Alabama," accessed September 10, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed August 5, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.
  8. Tuscaloosa County School System, "Dr. Elizabeth D. Swinford," accessed November 24, 2014
  9., "Tuscaloosa County school board selects new superintendent," April 18, 2013
  10. Tuscaloosa County School System, "School Board," accessed November 24, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Tuscaloosa County School System, "Board Policy Manual," accessed November 24, 2014
  13. Tuscaloosa County School System, "District Financial Information," accessed December 9, 2014
  14. Alabama State Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2015," April 29, 2014
  15. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  16. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  17. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014