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Walton County School District, Georgia

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Walton County School District
Walton County, Georgia
Walton County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Gary Hobbs
Graduation rate:74.2 percent[1]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $106.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jeremy V. Kilburn
Board members:7
Term length:4
Walton County School District is a school district in Georgia that served 13,337 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district educates more than 1,000 students in after-school programs as part of the 21st Century Grant Program.[3]

About the district

Walton County School District is located in Walton County, Georgia
Walton County School District is located in Walton County, Georgia. The county seat of Walton County is Monroe, Georgia. Walton County is home to 85,754 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Walton County School District is the 26th-largest school district in Georgia.


Walton County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.9 percent of Walton 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 Walton County was $52,062 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Walton County was 13.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Walton County (%) Georgia (%)
White 80.7 62.8
Black or African American 16.1 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.3 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 9.2

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.[5][6]


The superintendent of Walton County School District is Gary Hobbs as of June 30, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2008. Hobbs served in the Georgia Army National Guard from 1971 until his retirement in 1999. He joined the district after his military service and worked as an assistant principal, principal and associate superintendent from 1999 to 2008.[7]

School board

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

Walton County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Lynn E. Hill 1 2014
Jeremy V. Kilburn 2 2014
Diane Turner 3 2016
Coleman Landers 4 2016
Tom Gibson 5 2014
Gwen Cantrell 6 2016
David Breedlove 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Walton County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Four 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:

Meetings of the Board of Education 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.

All presentations by the public to the Board are to be brief, clear and to the point, with the topic of the presentation being submitted in writing using a Visitor Comment Form which is available on the web site or at the Board office. Presentations are intended for the Board to hear comments or concerns without taking action. Unless an extension of time is granted, the presentation may not exceed three minutes. Time cannot be shared or passed to other citizens.

Citizens may make reports, requests, or register concerns to the Board when it meets in regular session provided the citizen fills out a Visitor Comment Form and submits it to the Superintendent’s office no later than noon on Monday before the regularly scheduled Board meeting in order to ensure the Chain of Command has been followed per Board Policy CD. The Board will not consider or act on complaints that have not been explored at the appropriate administrative level or if the appropriate chain has not been attempted. Any item added to the agenda after the initial release of the agenda on Saturday morning will be eligible for visitor comments. A Visitor Comment Form regarding any added agenda item must be submitted to the Board Clerk prior to the start of the Board meeting.

The Board chairperson, or other presiding officer, shall be responsible for calling on all speakers, for maintaining order, for adhering to the time limits set, and has the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he/she does not adhere to the rules and guidelines established. Criticism of school system personnel is not appropriate at public meetings.

When acknowledged by the Board chairperson, or other presiding officer, a speaker shall give his or her name and the group, if any, that he or she is representing. Groups will be urged to designate a spokesperson. The individual should speak to the Board, not the audience. The topic should be the same as the one on the Visitor Comment Form. No profane and/or vulgar language or personal abuse against any person will be permitted.


—Walton County School District's website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Walton County School District:[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
2011-2012 $88,546,177 83.9% $3,042,869 2.9% $8,121,781 7.7% $0 0% $5,874,481 5.6% $105,585,308
2012-2013 $87,631,618 83.2% $3,539,126 3.4% $7,944,144 7.5% $0 0% $6,171,056 5.9% $105,285,944
2013-2014 $84,977,672 83.9% $3,333,839 3.3% $5,732,942 5.7% $6,552,147 6.5% $716,164 0.7% $101,312,764
2014-2015 $90,318,569 84.8% $2,942,246 2.8% $5,788,982 5.4% $6,611,875 6.2% $812,100 0.8% $106,473,772
Averages: $87,868,509 84% $3,214,520 3% $6,896,962.25 7% $3,291,005.5 3% $3,393,450.25 3% $104,664,447

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Walton County School District 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 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,700 61,205
MA 36,400 62,930
Specialist 37,900 64,405
Doctorate 39,500 66,005

Schools in Walton County School District


The district served 13,337 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 4.5 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,759 -
2008-2009 12,849 0.7
2009-2010 13,025 1.4
2010-2011 13,208 1.4
2011-2012 13,337 1.0

District schools

Walton County School District operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Walton County School District
Atha Road Elementary
Bay Creek Elementary
Carver Middle
Harmony Elementary
Loganville Elementary
Loganville High
Loganville Middle
Monroe Area High
Monroe Elementary
Sharon Elementary
Walker Park Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary
Walnut Grove High
Walton County Alternative School
Youth Elementary
Youth 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 93.5
3 ELA 91.1
3 Math 86.5
3 Science 85.9
3 Social Science 89.1
4 Reading 95.0
4 ELA 93.7
4 Math 91.8
4 Science 88.1
4 Social Science 86.1
5 Reading 95.6
5 ELA 95.4
5 Math 93.6
5 Science 85.2
5 Social Science 86.1

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 97.4
6 ELA 94.0
6 Math 86.7
6 Science 76.5
6 Social Science 84.3
7 Reading 95.2
7 ELA 93.7
7 Math 93.7
7 Science 86.6
7 Social Science 86.6
8 Reading 98.4
8 ELA 96.0
8 Math 86.2
8 Science 73.6
8 Social Science 82.5

Contact information

Walton County School District logo.jpg
Walton County School District
200 Double Springs Church Rd.
Monroe, GA 30656
Phone: (770) 266-4520

See also

External links

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  1. Georgia Department of Education, "2012 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 30, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 20, 2013
  3. Walton County School District, "At a Glance," accessed June 30, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Walton County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. DAC Bond, "Audited Financial Statements or CAFR," accessed June 30, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Walton County School District, "Board of Education - Information," accessed June 30, 2014
  10. Walton County School District, "Budget and Finance - Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
  11. Walton County School District, "Instructional Salary Schedule 2013-2014," June 27, 2013
  12. Walton County School District, "Contact Information," accessed June 30, 2014
  13. Georgia Department of Education, "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)," accessed June 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Georgia Department of Education, "CRCT Statewide Scores," accessed June 27, 2014