Walker County Schools, Georgia

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Walker County Schools
Walker County, Georgia
Walker County Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Damon Raines
Graduation rate:69.39 percent[2]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $75.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Phyllis Hunter
Board members:5
Term length:4
Walker County Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 9,173 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district offers student enrichment programs including dual-credit courses for high school students and a robotics camp each summer for students in grades three through eight.[3][4]

About the district

Walker County Schools is located in Walker County, Georgia
Walker County Schools is located in Walker County, Georgia. The county seat of Walker County is Lafayette, Georgia. Walker County is home to 68,198 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Walker County Schools is the 42nd-largest school district in Georgia.


Walker County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.9 percent of Walker 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 Walker County was $38,504 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Walker County was 16.5 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Walker County (%) Georgia (%)
White 93.4 62.8
Black or African American 4.4 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 0.4 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.8 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.[6]


The superintendent of Walker County Schools is Damon Raines as of June 30, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Raines previously worked for 14 years as a teacher, principal and director of operations with Catoosa County Public Schools.[7]

School board

The Walker County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat.

Walker County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Karen Stoker 1 2016
Susan Wells 2 2014
Mike Carruth 3 2014
Dale Wilson 4 2016
Phyllis Hunter 5 2016

School board elections

See also: Walker County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2006:

Meetings of the Board of Education (hereinafter "the Board") are held to conduct the affairs and business of the school system. Although these meetings are not meetings of the public, the public is invited to attend all meetings and members of the public are invited to address the Board at appropriate times and in accordance with procedures established by the Board or the Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall make available procedures allowing members of the public to address the Board on issues of concern. These procedures shall be available at the Superintendent's office and shall be given, upon request, to anyone requesting a copy.

Prior to making a request to be heard by the Board, individuals or organizations shall meet with the Superintendent and discuss their concerns. If necessary, the Superintendent shall investigate their concerns, and within ten work days, report back to the individual or organization. After meeting with the Superintendent, individuals or organizations still desiring to be heard by the Board shall make their written request to the Superintendent at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting of the Board stating name, address, purpose of request, and topic of speech. Any individual having a complaint against any employee of the Board must present the complaint to the Superintendent for investigation. The Board will not hear complaints against employees of the Board except in the manner provided for elsewhere in Board policies, procedures, and Georgia law.

All presentations to the Board are to be brief and are intended for the Board to hear comments or concerns without taking action.


—Walker County Schools website, (2014), [9]


Walker County Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.[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 $55,912,789 73.9% $2,567,957 3.4% $5,532,306 7.3% $0 0% $11,619,080 15.4% $75,632,133
Averages: $55,912,789 74% $2,567,957 3% $5,532,306 7% $0 0% $11,619,080 15% $75,632,133

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Walker County Schools 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 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provision certificate + Bachelors 31,586 31,586
Professional certificate + Bachelors 33,424 50,285
Provisional certificate + Masters 35,597 53,551
Professional certificate + Masters 38,438 57,825
Professional certificate + Specialist 43,435 65,343
Professional certificate + Doctorate 48,213 72,530

Schools in Walker County Schools


The district served 9,173 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.2 percent decrease 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 9,287 -
2008-2009 9,382 1.0
2009-2010 9,324 -0.6
2010-2011 9,242 -0.9
2011-2012 9,173 -0.7

District schools

Walker County Schools operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Walker County Schools
Chattanooga Valley Elementary
Chattanooga Valley Middle
Cherokee Ridge Elementary
Fairyland Elementary
Gilbert Elementary
LaFayette High
LaFayette Middle
Naomi Elementary
North LaFayette Elementary
Ridgeland High
Rock Spring Elementary
Rossville Elementary
Rossville Middle
Stone Creek Elementary
Saddle Ridge Elementary
Saddle Ridge Middle

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:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 93.4
3 ELA 87.1
3 Math 73.0
3 Science 81.1
3 Social Science 83.4
4 Reading 94.7
4 ELA 92.4
4 Math 85.8
4 Science 87.8
4 Social Science 86.0
5 Reading 96.3
5 ELA 96.4
5 Math 91.2
5 Science 88.4
5 Social Science 85.6

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 98.0
6 ELA 93.5
6 Math 81.1
6 Science 83.3
6 Social Science 81.4
7 Reading 95.9
7 ELA 93.6
7 Math 94.8
7 Science 92.4
7 Social Science 87.4
8 Reading 96.9
8 ELA 93.2
8 Math 90.5
8 Science 77.8
8 Social Science 85.7

Contact information

Walker County Schools logo.jpg
Walker County Schools
201 S. Duke St.
LaFayette, GA 30728
Phone: (706) 638-1240

See also

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