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Whitfield County Schools, Georgia

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Whitfield County Schools
Whitfield County, Georgia
Whitfield County Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Judy Gilreath
Graduation rate:63.55 percent[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $135.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Louis D. Fordham
Board members:5
Term length:4
Whitfield County Schools is a school district in Georgia that served 13,273 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district serves students in four Whitfield County communities including Cohutta, Dalton, Tunnel Hill and Varnell.[3]

About the district

Whitfield County Schools is located in Whitfield County, Georgia
Whitfield County Schools is located in Whitfield County, Georgia. The county seat of Whitfield County is Dalton, Georgia. Whitfield County is home to 102,945 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Whitfield County Schools is the 27th-largest school district in Georgia.


Whitfield County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 14.7 percent of Whitfield 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 Whitfield County was $41,832 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Whitfield County was 19.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Whitfield County (%) Georgia (%)
White 91.4 62.8
Black or African American 4.1 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 0.5
Asian 1.5 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 32.8 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Whitfield County Schools is Judy Gilreath as of June 30, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Gilreath previously worked as assistant superintendent of student support services from 2006 to 2013.[6]

School board

The Whitfield County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Four members are elected to specific geographic districts with the fifth member elected at-large.

Whitfield County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Bill Worley At-large 2014
Thomas Barton 1 2016
Rodney Lock 2 2014
Tony Stanley 3 2016
Louis D. Fordham 4 2014

School board elections

See also: Whitfield County Schools 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. Two 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 2005:

All meetings of the board shall be open to the public. All actions of the board shall be taken openly and the deliberations leading to board action shall like be conducted openly. The public is invited to attend board meetings and will be given limited time to voice opinions or problems. The board recognizes the responsibility to conduct the business of the district in an orderly and efficient manner and will therefore require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the board. The chairperson shall first recognize a person wishing to be heard by the board. The person shall then identify himself/herself and proceed with comments as briefly as the subject permits. The chairperson is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented, and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. The board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

Statement Prior to Public Comments

The Whitfield County Board of Education encourages public participation at the board meetings and work sessions. Citizens are however reminded that slanderous or defamatory statements may give rise to civil litigation and liability. Time will be provided at the end of work sessions and at the beginning of regular board meetings to hear your concerns or suggestions. Please keep your comments as brief as possible, being sure you clarify your problem or concern.

Guidelines for Public Participation

  • Matters concerning an individual school should be discussed first with the school principal. If the matter cannot be resolved at the school level, it should be brought to the Superintendent. If a matter cannot be resolved with the Superintendent you may ask to be placed on the board agenda.
  • If placed on the meeting agenda, any group must be represented by one individual as a spokesperson for the group as a whole. Presentations or comments should be limited to no more that 10 minutes unless other arrangements have been made with the Superintendent to the contrary.
  • Extemporaneous comments or presentations should be limited to no more than 3 minutes in length. Please keep your comments as brief as possible, being sure to clarify your problems or concern. The board may extend the time limits.
  • All remarks shall be made to the Board as a body and not to a particular board member.
  • Items which are excluded from the Open Meetings Act will not be discussed during this session. This includes the pending purchase of real estate, matters involving attorney client privilege, matters involving individual students, and matters involving personnel or employees. Any personal complaints regarding school system personnel will be received in Executive Session only and must be in writing. Any non employee with information to be considered in executive session concerning matters involving personnel should submit such information through the Superintendent.
  • The Board will not allow abusive language, threats, jeers or slanderous comments. Disruptive persons will be asked to leave the meeting room.
  • The Board vests in the Chairperson, or other presiding officer, authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he/she does not adhere to the established rules and guidelines.
  • The Board will consider all information presented in public meetings and will provide a written response writing 10 working days if requested by the speaker.This does not preclude the Board from responding during the public meeting.
  • If you request to be placed on the board agenda, you will be given a copy of the guidelines for Public Participation in Board Meetings.


—Whitfield County Schools website, (2014), [8]


The table below displays the budget for Whitfield County Schools:[9][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 $85,716,081 83.4% $4,111,834 4% $7,799,272 7.6% $0 0% $5,162,057 5% $102,789,244
2012-2013 $88,347,873 83.5% $4,214,821 4% $8,192,322 7.7% $0 0% $5,112,972 4.8% $105,867,988
2013-2014 $74,280,671 55.5% $18,456,993 13.8% $19,329,583 14.4% $10,717,189 8% $11,027,262 8.2% $133,811,698
2014-2015 $74,704,926 55.1% $18,725,477 13.8% $21,733,295 16% $10,845,289 8% $9,527,079 7% $135,536,066
Averages: $80,762,387.75 68% $11,377,281.25 10% $14,263,618 12% $5,390,619.5 5% $7,707,342.5 6% $119,501,249

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Whitfield 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 29,923 29,923
Professional certificate + Bachelors 31,664 47,638
Provisional certificate + Masters 33,723 50,734
Professional certificate + Masters 36,414 54,780
Professional certificate + Specialist 41,148 61,901
Professional certificate + Doctorate 45,674 68,709

Schools in Whitfield County Schools


The district served 13,273 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.2 percent decrease 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 13,570 -
2008-2009 13,410 -1.2
2009-2010 13,390 -0.1
2010-2011 13,436 0.3
2011-2012 13,273 -1.2

District schools

Whitfield County Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Whitfield County Schools
Antioch Elementary
Beaverdale Elementary
Cedar Ridge Elementary
Coahulla Creek High
Cohutta Elementary
Crossroads Academy
Dawnville Elementary
Dug Gap Elementary
Eastbrook Middle
Eastside Elementary
New Hope Elementary
New Hope Middle
North Whitfield Middle
Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy
Northwest Whitfield High
Phoenix High School
Pleasant Grove Elementary
Southeast Whitfield High
Tunnel Hill Elementary
Valley Point Elementary
Valley Point Middle
Varnell Elementary
Westside Elementary
Westside 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 92.7
3 ELA 88.3
3 Math 72.4
3 Science 76.1
3 Social Science 83.0
4 Reading 91.8
4 ELA 88.3
4 Math 79.6
4 Science 82.2
4 Social Science 82.9
5 Reading 92.8
5 ELA 93.6
5 Math 84.7
5 Science 80.1
5 Social Science 82.1

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 96.2
6 ELA 91.0
6 Math 78.2
6 Science 70.1
6 Social Science 75.0
7 Reading 94.8
7 ELA 92.3
7 Math 88.7
7 Science 83.7
7 Social Science 80.4
8 Reading 96.9
8 ELA 94.2
8 Math 74.7
8 Science 69.5
8 Social Science 76.2

Contact information

Whitfield County Schools logo.jpg
1306 S. Thornton Ave.
P.O. Box 2167
Dalton, GA 30722-2167
Phone: (706) 217-6780

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