Walker County Schools, Georgia
|Walker County Schools|
|Walker County, Georgia|
|Graduation rate:||69.39 percent|
|Number of schools:||16|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Phyllis Hunter|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Walker County Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtWalker 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. 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.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Walker County (%)||Georgia (%)|
|Black or African American||4.4||31.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3||0.5|
|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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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.
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|
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), 
Walker County Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.
|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|
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:
|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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Walker County Schools operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Walker County Schools|
|Chattanooga Valley Elementary|
|Chattanooga Valley Middle|
|Cherokee Ridge Elementary|
|North LaFayette Elementary|
|Rock Spring Elementary|
|Stone Creek Elementary|
|Saddle Ridge Elementary|
|Saddle Ridge Middle|
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:
- List of school districts in Georgia
- Walker County Schools elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Walker County Schools
- Walker County, Georgia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Georgia School Boards Association
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 20, 2013
- Georgia Department of Education, "2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 30, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Programs for High School Students," accessed June 30, 2014
- Walker County Schools, "LEGO Camp Flyer," accessed June 30, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Walker County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, "Damon Raines to lead Walker County schools," March 21, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Walker County Schools, "Public Participation in Board Meetings," July 17, 2006
- Georgia Department of Education, "Expenditure Report: Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Data Collection System," accessed November 29, 2013
- Georgia Department of Education, "FY2013 State Salary Schedule," July 18, 2012
- Walker County Schools, "FY 13-14," accessed June 30, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed June 27, 2014