Cullman County Schools, Alabama

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Cullman County Schools
Cullman, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Craig A. Ross
Enrollment:9,566 students
Graduation rate:84%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $89.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kenny Brockman
Board members:7
Term length:4
Cullman County Schools is a school district in Alabama that served 9,566 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the 15th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Cullman County Schools is located in Cullman County, Alabama
Cullman County Schools is located in Cullman County, Alabama. Cullman County is home to 80,811 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Cullman County underperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 14.2 percent of Cullman County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Cullman County was $39,244 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Cullman County was 18.6 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Cullman County (%) Alabama (%)
White 96.2 69.8
Black or African American 1.4 26.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.7
Asian 0.5 1.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 37.6 61.8 0.6
2008 40.1 59.4 0.5
2004 49.2 50.4 0.4

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]


The superintendent of Cullman County Schools is Dr. Craig A. Ross. Selected by the board of education in May 2014 and taking over the role on July 1, 2014, Ross has the distinction of being the first appointed superintendent of the district. He was one of five finalists for the position. Previously the position was elected.[7]

Ross signed a three-year, $120,000 per year contract that expires June 30, 2017. He previously served as principal of Robertsdale High School.[8]

School board

Cullman County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms by geographic electoral districts.

Cullman County Schools Board of Education
Memeber District Assumed Office Term Ends
Gene Sullins 1 2013 2017
Chris Carter 2 2011 2019
James Thompson 3 2013 2017
Kenny Brockman 4 2011 2019
Wendy Crider 5 2009 2017
Mike Graves 6 2015 2019
Jason Clyde Speegle 7 2011 2019

School board elections

See also: Cullman County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Cullman County Schools Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held during even years. Four seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats are up for election in 2016. Board members take office the first Monday following the second Tuesday in January next succeeding their election.[9]

Public participation in board meetings

The Cullman County Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Individuals or delegations of individuals desiring to address the Board at a public meeting must submit a written notice of their request to the Superintendent of Education at least one (1) week prior to the meeting date provided that the notice requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Superintendent. Each delegation of individuals must select one of its members as the spokesperson. The matter must have been discussed with appropriated staff and administration prior to the Board meeting. The Board authorizes the President or presiding officer of the Board full authority to terminate the remarks of any person when such remarks have as their objective a personal attack on any person associated with the school system. The Board reserves the right to establish such other lawful and reasonable rules, procedures, and limitation of public presentations as it may deem necessary and appropriate to the efficient execution of Board business.[10]

—Cullman County Schools website, (2014)[9]


The table below displays the budget for Cullman County Schools:[11][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
2013-2014 $48,722,845.61 56.1% $13,285,786.15 15.3% $8,009,272.00 9.2% $3,295,856.29 3.8% $13,598,020.57 15.6% $86,911,780.62
2014-2015 $49,972,475.00 55.7% $13,664,406.00 15.2% $8,044,143.00 9% $3,191,063.40 3.6% $14,828,012.00 16.5% $89,700,099.40
Averages: $49,347,660.31 56% $13,475,096.08 15% $8,026,707.5 9% $3,243,459.85 4% $14,213,016.29 16% $88,305,940.01

Teacher Salaries

Cullman County Schools employed 634 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[13] These charts detail teacher salaries according to the 2008-2009 teacher salary schedule, which is the most recent one available from the Cullman County Schools website.[14]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/ND 36,144 46,008
MS 41,568 52,740
AA 44,820 56,784
DOC 48,072 60,828
Salary structure 197 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/ND 38,088 48,468
MS 43,788 55,560
AA 47,220 59,820
DOC 50,652 64,080
Salary structure 202 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/ND 39,048 49,692
MS 44,904 56,976
AA 48,420 61,344
DOC 51,936 65,712
Salary structure 207 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/ND 40,020 50,916
MS 46,020 58,380
AA 49,620 62,856
DOC 53,220 67,332
Salary structure 240 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/ND 46,392 59,040
MS 53,352 67,692
AA 57,528 72,876
DOC 61,704 78,072

Schools in Cullman County


Cullman County Schools served 9,566 students in 29 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district experienced a decrease in enrollment in recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 9,844
2005-2006 9,905 0.6
2006-2007 10,035 1.3
2007-2008 10,041 0.06
2008-2009 9,882 -1.6
2009-2010 9,917 0.4
2010-2011 9,700 -2.2
2011-2012 9,614 -0.9
2012-2013 9,541 -0.8
2013-2014 9,566 0.3

District schools

Cullman County Schools operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[15][16]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[17]

Contact information

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Cullman County Schools
402 Arnold Street
NE Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: 256-734-2933

See also

External links

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  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Cullman County, Alabama," accessed November 17, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed May 22, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. FOX 6, "Cullman Co. BOE selects Dr. Craig Ross as first appointed superintendent," May 20, 2014
  8. Gulf Coast News Today, "Ross selected as school superintendent in Cullman," May 23, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cullman County Commission on Education, "Policy Manual," September 11, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Cullman County Schools, "FY 2014 Budget," accessed December 8, 2014
  12. Cullman County Schools, "FY 2015 Budget," accessed December 8, 2014
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nces
  14. Cullman County Schools, "Teacher Salary Schedule 2008-2009," accessed November 18, 2014
  15. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  16. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  17. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014