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Wilson County Schools, North Carolina

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Wilson County Schools
Wilson, North Carolina
Wilson County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Sean Bulson
Enrollment:12,380 students
Graduation rate:77.8%[1]
Number of schools:25
Budget: $100.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Robin Sharpe Flinn
Board members:7
Term length:4
Wilson County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 12,380 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 31st-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Wilson County Schools is located in Wilson County, North Carolina
Wilson County Schools is located in Wilson County, North Carolina. The county seat of Wilson County is Wentworth. Wilson County is home to 81,667 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Wilson 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 18.0 percent of Wilson 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 Wilson County was $38,398 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wilson County was 22.8 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Wilson County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 57.3 71.7
Black or African American 39.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 1.0 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 8.9

Wilson County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 13,651 24.9
Democratic 30,682 55.9
Libertarian 103 0.2
Unaffiliated 10,437 19.0

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 Wilson County Schools is Sean Bulson. Named to the position by the school board in April 2011, Bulson officially assumed the role on July 1, 2011. Bulson had been serving as community superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland at the time. Bulson has also worked as a teacher and high school principal. The school board signed Bulson to a four-year contact at a salary of $165,000 per year.[7][8]

School board

Wilson County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms by geographic electoral districts.[9]

Wilson County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Eunice Irene Lindsey 1 2010 2018
Velma Barnes 2 2013 2016
Christine L. Fitch 3 1989 2018
Henry Mercer 4 2016
Wiley A. Boyette, Jr. 5 2014
Gary Farmer 6 2016
Robin Sharpe Flinn 7 2006 2014

School board elections

See also: Wilson County Schools, North Carolina elections (2014)

Members of the Wilson 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.


The table below displays the budget for Wilson County Schools:[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
2010-2011 $72,218,000 69.6% $4,116,000 4% $23,673,000 22.8% $3,131,000 3% $573,000 0.6% $103,711,000
2011-2012 $57,686,000 57.6% $4,384,000 4.4% $11,593,000 11.6% $2,287,000 2.3% $24,128,000 24.1% $100,078,000
Averages: $64,952,000 64% $4,250,000 4% $17,633,000 17% $2,709,000 3% $12,350,500 12% $101,894,500

Teacher salaries

Wilson County Schools employed 749 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

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.[11][12]

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 Wilson County


Wilson County Schools served 12,380 students in 25 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not provide historical enrollment data.

District schools

Wilson County Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Wilson County Schools
Barnes Elementary School
Beddingfield High School
Daniels Learning Center
Darden Middle School
Elm City Elementary School
Elm City Middle School
Fike High School
Forest Hills Middle School
Gardeners Elementary School
Hearne Elementary School
Hunt High School
Jones Elementary School
Lee Woodard Elementary School
Lucama Elementary School
New Hope Elementary School
Rock Ridge Elementary School
Speight Middle School
Springfield Middle School
Stantonsburg Elementary School
Toisnot Middle School
Vick Elementary School
Vinson-Bynum Elementary School
Wells Elementary School
Wilson Early College Academy
Winstead Elementary School

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."[13] 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 Wilson County Schools who took all tests:[14]

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 2,414 2,734 88.3%
2012-2013 990 2,836 34.9%

Contact information

Wilson County Schools.jpg
Wilson County Schools
117 N. Tarboro St.
P.O. Box 2048
Wilson, NC 27894
Phone: 252-399-7700
Fax: 252-399-2776

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Wilson County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Wilson County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Wilson County, North Carolina," accessed September 3, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed September 2, 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. Wilson Times, "Superintendent Named," April 6, 2011
  8. Wilson County Schools, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed December 3, 2014
  9. Wilson County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 18, 2014
  11. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014