Wayne County Public Schools, North Carolina

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Wayne County Public Schools
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Sandra McCullen
Enrollment:19,468 students
Graduation rate:79.5%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $198.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chris West
Board members:7
Term length:4
Wayne County Public Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 19,468 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3] This district is the 20th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Wayne County Public Schools is located in Wayne County, North Carolina
Wayne County Public Schools is located in Wayne County, North Carolina. The county seat of Wayne County is Monroe. Wayne County is home to 124,583 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Wayne County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 15.8 percent of Wayne 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 Wayne County was $41,233 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wayne County was 21.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Wayne County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 63.6 71.7
Black or African American 32.0 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.6
Asian 1.3 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 10.7 8.9

Wayne County Party Affiliation, 2014[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 23,232 31.8
Democratic 34,751 47.6
Libertarian 193 0.3
Unaffiliated 14,886 20.4

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]


The interim superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools is Dr. Sandra McCullen. McCullen was named to the position on November 13, 2014, the day after Dr. Steven Taylor announced he would be retiring from the position effective December 1, 2014. McCullen had herself announced her retirement as associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction on October 16, 2014, but returned as interim superintendent though June 30, 2015.[7][8]

School board

Wayne County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms. Six members are elected by geographic electoral district and one member is elected at-large.[9]

Wayne County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Chris West 1 2010 2018
Dwight B. Cannon 2 2012 2016
Patricia A. Burden 3 2014 2016
Jennifer Smith Strickland 4 2014 2018
Arnold L. Flowers 5 2010 2018
Rick Pridgen 6 2002 2018
Edward L. Radford At-large 2008 2016

School board elections

See also: Wayne County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Wayne 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 three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Wayne County school board website states the following regarding public testimony during board meetings:

The Wayne County Board of Education welcomes the opportunity to hear from the public. If you wish to appear before the Board, you must complete an appearance request form and submit it prior to the meeting. Forms are made available to the public before the meeting begins.

Presentations are limited to a maximum of three minutes. The Chairman shall call time on any presentation which exceeds the three minute limit. No presentation shall include any complaint, criticism or negative comments regarding the conduct or performance of identified school personnel. In addition, no presentation shall include information about a particular student(s) which is privileged and confidential under State and Federal Privacy Laws.[10]

—Wayne County Public Schools website, (2014), [11]


The table below displays the budget for Wayne County Public Schools:[12]

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 $164,720,808 83% $17,861,292 9% $15,876,704 8% $0 0% $0 0% $198,458,806
Averages: $164,720,808 83% $17,861,292 9% $15,876,704 8% $0 0% $0 0% $198,458,806

Teacher salaries

Wayne County Public Schools employed 1,261 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.[13][14]

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 Wayne County


Wayne County Public Schools served 19,468 students in 31 schools during the 2012-2013 school year.[2] The district's enrollment has held relatively steady in recent years.[15]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 19,373
2008-2009 19,386 0.07
2009-2010 19,214 -0.9
2012-2013 19,468 1.3

District schools

Wayne County Public Schools operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Wayne County Public Schools
Brogden Middle
Brogden Primary
Carver Elementary
Carver Heights Elementary
Charles B. Aycock High
Dillard Middle
Eastern Wayne Elementary
Eastern Wayne High
Eastern Wayne Middle
Edgewood Community Developmental School
Fremont STARS
Goldsboro High
Greenwood Middle
Meadow Lane Elementary
Mount Olive Middle
North Drive Elementary
Northeast Elementary
Northwest Elementary
Norwayne Middle
Rosewood Elementary
Rosewood High
Rosewood Middle
School Street Elementary
Southern Wayne High School
Spring Creek Elementary
Spring Creek High
Tommy's Road Elementary
Wayne Early/Middle College High School
Wayne Middle/High Academy
Wayne School of Engineering

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."[17] 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 Wayne County Schools who took all tests:[18]

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 3,471 4,452 78.0%
2012-2013 1,461 4,166 35.1%

Contact information

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Wayne County Public Schools
2001 East Royall Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone: 919-731-5900
Fax: 919-705-6199

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Wayne County Public 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wayne County Public Schools, "WCPS Reports," accessed December 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Wayne County Public Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Wayne County, North Carolina," accessed September 6, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed September 6, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Goldsboro Daily News, "WCPS Names ‘Retired’ Dr. McCullen as Interim Superintendent," November 14, 2014
  8. Wayne County Public Schools, "Superintendent Retirement Announcement," November 13, 2014
  9. Wayne County Public Schools, "Wayne County Board of Education," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Wayne County Public Schools, "Appearing Before the Board," accessed December 3, 2014
  12. Wayne County Public Schools, "Annual Report," accessed December 16, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Wayne County Public Schools, "Annual Reports-Archive," accessed December 4, 2014
  16. Wayne County Public Schools, "School Directory," accessed December 4, 2014
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014