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Wood County Schools, West Virginia

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Wood County Schools
Wood County, West Virginia
Wood County Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Patrick Law
Graduation rate:81.9%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $152.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tim Yeater
Board members:5
Term length:4
Wood County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the third-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 13,260 students in 29 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Wood County Schools is located in Wood County, West Virginia
Wood County Schools is located in Wood County, West Virginia. Wood County is home to 86,569 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Wood County outperformed the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.8 percent of Wood County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9 percent for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Wood County was $42,734 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Wood County was 16.0 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Wood County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 96.6 94.0
Black or African American 1.2 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.6 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 1.2 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 0.9 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 21,665 39.7
Democratic 20,822 38.1
Mountain 36 0.1
Other 447 0.8
No Party 11,610 21.3

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 Wood County Schools is Patrick Law. He was appointed to the position in 2010. He received his bachelor's degree from Glenville State College, where he double majored in social studies and art education. Law obtained a master's degree in education administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in 1976 and earned his doctoral degree in 2002 from West Virginia University. He began his career in Kanawha County Schools, where he served in a variety of roles, such as teacher, community education coordinator, assistant principal and principal. Law was appointed superintendent of Pocahontas County Schools in 2003 and stayed there until his appointment in Wood County.[6]

School board

The Wood County school board is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[7]

Wood County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Lawrence Hasbargen At-large 2018
Jimmy Asbury At-large 2018
Peggy Smith At-large 2018
Timmy Yeater At-large 2016
John Marlow At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Wood County Schools elections (2014)

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

Public participation in board meetings

The board does not maintain publicly available guidelines for public participation in board meetings as of June 26, 2014.


The table below displays the budget for Wood County Schools:[8]

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 $116,666,000 73.1% $8,143,000 5.1% $33,706,000 21.1% $1,067,000 0.7% $68,000 0% $159,650,000
2011-2012 $87,329,000 57.3% $19,310,000 12.7% $9,355,000 6.1% $983,000 0.6% $35,438,000 23.3% $152,415,000
Averages: $101,997,500 65% $13,726,500 9% $21,530,500 14% $1,025,000 1% $17,753,000 11% $156,032,500

Teacher salaries

Wood 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. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Wood County Board of Education:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($)
B.A. 33,435 55,094
B.A. + 15 34,288 55,974
MA 36,247 57,906
MA + 15 37,104 58,763
MA + 30 37,961 59,620
MA + 45 38,722 60,381
D 39,848 61,507

Schools in Wood County Schools


The district served 13,260 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.9 percent decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 13,519 NA
2008-2009 13,481 -0.2
2009-2010 13,486 0.03
2010-2011 13,462 -0.1
2011-2012 13,455 -0.05
2012-2013 13,341 -0.8
2013-2014 13,260 -0.6

District schools

Wood County Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Wood County Schools
School Name
Blennerhassett Elementary
Blennerhassett Middle School
Caperton Center for Applied Technology Wood County Technical Center
Criss Elementary
Edison Middle School
Emerson Elementary
Fairplains Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Gihon Elementary
Greenmont Elementary
Hamilton Middle School
Jackson Middle School
Jefferson Elementary
Kanawha Elementary
Lubeck Elementary
Madison Elementary
Martin Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Mineral Wells Elementary
Neale Elementary
Parkersburg High
Parkersburg South High
Van Devender Middle School
Vienna Elementary
Waverly Elementary
Williamstown Elementary
Williamstown High
Wood County Technical Center
Worthington Elementary

Academic performance

West Virginia measures academic performance through WESTEST 2. The assessment measures student performance in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science based on the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The development of the CSOs was led by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Instruction with participation from the Office of Assessment and Accountability, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning and educators from around the state. Students enrolled in grades three through 11 participate in the assessments. WESTTEST 2 is also used as an accountability assessment to determine school, county and state status for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations by the state and federal government. The table below lists the results for Wood County Schools.[12][13]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Wood County Schools[14]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 8,550 3,767 44.0
Reading/Language Arts 8,561 4,289 50.0
Science 6,747 2,949 43.7
Social Studies 8,456 3,354 39.6

Contact information

Wood County Schools logo.png
Wood County Schools

1210 13th Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Phone: (304) 420-9663

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