Union County Public Schools, North Carolina

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Union County Public Schools
Monroe, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Mary Ellis
Enrollment:42,047 students
Graduation rate:92.6%[1]
Number of schools:53
Budget: $387.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Richard Yercheck
Board members:11
Term length:4
Union County Public Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 42,047 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the sixth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Union County Public Schools is located in Union County, North Carolina
Union County Public Schools is located in Union County, North Carolina. The county seat of Union County is Monroe. Union County is home to 91,878 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Union County outperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.8 percent of Union County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Union County was $64,953 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Union County was 9.7 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Union County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 83.5 71.7
Black or African American 12.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.6
Asian 0.1 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 10.9 8.9

Union County Party Affiliation, 2014[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 59,984 42.8
Democratic 39,850 28.4
Libertarian 507 0.4
Unaffiliated 39,657 28.3

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.[6]


The superintendent of Union County Public Schools is Dr. Mary Ellis. Serving in this role since July 1, 2012, she was previously assistant superintendent from 2005 to 2009 and deputy superintendent from 2009 to 2012. Beginning her career as an eight-grade language arts teacher at Sun Valley Middle School, she went on to work 18 years as a teacher before entering the administrative side. Ellis was an assistant principal at Walter Bickett Elementary, assistant principal at East Union Middle, principal at Parkwood Middle and the inaugural principal at Porter Ridge Middle. She earned her bachelor's degree in English, master's in human development and learning, doctorate in educational leadership and principal and curriculum specialist certifications from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[7][8]

School board

Union County schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. Six members are elected by geographic electoral district and three members are elected at-large.[9]

Union County School Board
Member District Assumed Office term ends
Sharon Harrell 1 2014 2016
H. Kevin Stewart 2 2012 2016
Gary Sides 3 2014 2018
Melissa Merrell 4 2014 2018
John Collins 5 2004 2016
Marce Savage 6 2010 2018
Leslie Boyd At-large 2014 2018
Michael Guzman At-large 2012 2016
Christina Helms At-large 2012 2016

School board elections

See also: Union County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Union County School Board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and five seats are up for election in 2016.


The table below displays the budget for Union County Public Schools:[10]

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 $239,732,396 70.2% $33,536,610 9.8% $56,260,700 16.5% $0 0% $11,865,749 3.5% $341,395,456
2013-2014 $235,378,278 69.3% $85,991,721 25.3% $11,609,412 3.4% $0 0% $6,444,603 1.9% $339,424,014
2014-2015 $254,780,307 65.7% $28,725,009 7.4% $93,611,226 24.1% $0 0% $10,701,272 2.8% $387,817,814
Averages: $243,296,993.67 68% $49,417,780 14% $53,827,112.67 15% $0 0% $9,670,541.33 3% $356,212,428

Teacher salaries

Union County Public Schools employed 2,383 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[11][12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Union County


Union County Public Schools served 42,047 students in 53 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] The district has experienced a steady increase/decrease in enrollment in recent years.

Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2005-2006 31,580
2006-2007 34,431 8.3
2007-2008 37,110 7.2
2008-2009 38,568 3.8
2009-2010 39,366 2.0
2010-2011 39,900 1.3
2011-2012 40,359 1.1
2012-2013 40,958 1.5
2013-2014 42,047 2.6

District schools

Union County Public Schools operates 53 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Union County Public Schools
Antioch Elementary
Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts
Central Academy of Technology and Arts
Cuthbertson High School
Cuthbertson Middle School
East Elementary
East Union Middle
Fairview Elementary
Forest Hills High School
Hemby Bridge Elementary
Indian Trail Elementary
Kensington Elementary
Marshville Elementary
Marvin Elementary
Marvin Ridge High
Marvin Ridge Middle
Monroe High
Monroe Middle
New Salem Elementary
New Town Elementary
Parkwood High
Parkwood Middle
Piedmont High
Piedmont Middle
Poplin Elementary
Porter Ridge Elementary
Porter Ridge High
Porter Ridge Middle
Prospect Elementary
Rea View Elementary
Rock Rest Elementary
Rocky River Elementary
Sandy Ridge Elementary
Sardis Elementary
Shiloh Elementary
South Providence School
Stallings Elementary
Sun Valley Elementary
Sun Valley High
Sun Valley Middle
Union County Early College
Union Elementary
Unionville Elementary
Walter Bickett Education Center
Walter Bickett Elementary
Waxhaw Elementary
Weddington Elementary
Weddington High
Weddington Middle
Wesley Chapel Elementary
Western Union Elementary
Wingate Elementary
Wolfe School

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[13] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Union County Schools who took all tests:[14]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 8,096 9,472 85.5%
2012-2013 5,190 9,188 56.5%

Contact information

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Union County Public Schools
400 North Church St.
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-296-9898
Fax: 704-282-2171

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