Wilkes County Schools, North Carolina

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Wilkes County Schools
Wilkes County, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Marty Hemric
Graduation rate:86.8%[1]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $88.5 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Randall Holbrook
Board members:5
Term length:4
Wilkes County Schools is a school district in North Carolina. It is the 36th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 10,374 students in 22 schools during the 2011-2012 school year with an operating budget of $88.6 million.[3]

About the district

Wilkes County Schools is located in Wilkes County, North Carolina
Wilkes County Schools is located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Wilkes County is home to 69,208 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Wilkes County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 12.1 percent of Wilkes 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 Wilkes County was $32,009 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wilkes County was 22.4 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Wilkes County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 93.6 71.9
Black or African American 4.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.5
Asian 0.4 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 0.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 8.7

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 21,321 51.3
Democratic 11,137 26.8
Libertarian 96 0.2
No Party 8,988 21.6

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.[6][7]


The superintendent of Wilkes County Schools is Marty Hemric. He was appointed to the position in 2011. Hemric previously served as superintendent of Watauga County Schools and as assistant superintendent in Wilkes County.[8]

School board

The Wilkes County school board is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[9]

Wilkes County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Randall Holbrook At-large 2018
Sharron N. Huffman At-large 2018
Rick Lankford At-large 2016
Darren Shumate At-large 2016
Hardin Kennedy At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Wilkes County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Wilkes County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Wilkes County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


Wilkes County Board of Education meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school district. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the Board of Education as it conducts its official business.

The Board of Education, as an elected representative body of the school district, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school district. However, the Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the school system in an orderly and efficient manner and will therefore require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the Board. To provide an opportunity for input while conducting an orderly meeting, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or policy 2300, section D, paragraph 2, which addresses public hearings.

In order that the Board of Education may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least seven working days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

• the name and address of the person or persons making the request;
• the organization or group, if any, represented;
• a brief explanation of the nature of the item;
• the approximate amount of meeting time required; and
• a spokesperson’s name, if the request concerns a delegation.

Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request. Additional items may be added to the agenda by the board on a two-thirds vote of the board members.

The superintendent will confer with the chairperson of the Board of Education concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda, and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion.

The superintendent, with the consent of the Board of Education chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson.

The superintendent will explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section below, Reports of Complaints.)

The superintendent will notify the requesting party of the response to the request at least five days before the next meeting. The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation where the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting.

The chairperson will establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.


A part of each meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board; such time will be included on the planned agenda prior to consideration of the business items. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate his/her desire to address the Board of Education. The chairperson will decide the time devoted to public comments.

Board of Education members will not respond to individuals who address the Board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.7.


Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school district official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee will make available this board policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[10]

—Wiles County Schools website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Wilkes County 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
2011-2012 $62,881,315 70.4% $5,912,728 6.6% $16,858,019 18.9% $0 0% $3,631,067 4.1% $89,283,129
2012-2013 $63,036,880 71.2% $5,949,273 6.7% $16,115,080 18.2% $0 0% $3,674,302 4.1% $88,591,821
Averages: $62,959,097.5 71% $5,931,000.5 7% $16,486,549.5 19% $0 0% $3,652,684.5 4% $88,937,475

Teacher salaries

Wilkes County teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. All certified educators working in North Carolina school districts are required to be paid from the legislated salary schedule. This schedule is approved annually by the general assembly. While the state sets the minimum amounts, a district may approve additional funds to account for variables such as location, market conditions or school demographics. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by North Carolina and Wilkes County Schools:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA, 0-10 years 30,800 40,100
BA, 11-20 years 37,110 47,330
BA, 21-30 years 42,820 54,160
BA, 31+ years 49,030 59,560
MA, 0-10 years 33,880 44,110
MA, 11-20 years 40,820 52,070
MA, 21-30 years 47,100 59,580
MA, 31+ years 53,930 65,520

Schools in Wilkes County Schools


The district served 10,485 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.0 percent increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2010-2011 10,374 NA
2011-2012 10,485 1.0

District schools

Wilkes County Schools operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Wilkes County Schools
School Name
Boomer-Ferguson Elementary School
C. B. Eller Elementary School
C. C. Wright Elementary School
Central Wilkes Middle School
East Wilkes High School
East Wilkes Middle School
Millers Creek Elementary School
Moravian Falls Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Mulberry Elementary School
North Wilkes High School
North Wilkes Middle School
North Wilkesboro Elementary School
Roaring River Elementary School
Ronda-Clingman Elementary School
Traphill Elementary School
West Wilkes High School
West Wilkes Middle School
Wilkes Central High School
Wilkes Early College High School
Wilkesboro Elementary School

Academic performance

Academic performance information for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the United States Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. During the 2010-2011 school year, ten out of 22 schools in the Wilkes County school district met the AYP in North Carolina.[16]

District SAT scores, 2012[17]
Best possible score District average score State average score
SAT 1600 1006 997
SAT 2400 1474 1469
District ACT scores, 2012[18]
Best possible score District average score State average score
36 17.9 18.2

Contact information

WCS logo.png
Wilkes County Schools

613 Cherry St
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Phone:(336) 667 - 1121

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. North Carolina Public Schools, "2013 School Districts *Cohort Graduation Rate," accessed June 5, 2014
  2. Wilkes County Schools, "WCS Financial Audit," accessed December 5, 2013
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Wilkes County, North Carolina," accessed April 7, 2014
  5. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed April 7, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.
  8. Wilkes Journal-Patriot, "Dr. Marty Hemric hired as next Wilkes County school superintendent," September 6, 2011
  9. Wilkes County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed June 10, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Wilkes County Schools, "Board Policies," accessed June 10, 2014
  12. Wilkes County Schools, "WCS Financial Audit," accessed December 5, 2013
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Salary Guides," accessed June 9, 2014
  14. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 10, 2014
  15. Wilkes County Schools, "Schools," accessed June 10, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Adequate Yearly Progress," accessed June 9, 2014
  17. Public Schools of North Carolina, "THE NORTH CAROLINA 2012 SAT REPORT," accessed June 9, 2014
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "ACT Results," accessed June 9, 2014

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