District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina

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District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties
Lexington County, South Carolina and Richland County, South Carolina
District 5 logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Stephen W. Hefner
Enrollment:16,362 students
Graduation rate:89.1%[1][2]
Number of schools:21
Budget: $163.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Beth Hutchison Watson
Board members:7
Term length:4
District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties is a school district in South Carolina that serves parts of Lexington County and Richland County. In the 2011-2012 school year, District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties was the 13th-largest school district in South Carolina, serving 16,362 students in 21 schools with an operating budget of $163.3 million.[3]

About the district

District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties is located in Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina.
District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties is located in both Lexington County, South Carolina and Richland County, South Carolina. Combined, the areas of Lexington and Richland Counties are home to 646,895 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Demographics in Lexington County

Lexington County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.9 percent of Lexington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Lexington County was $53,644 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Lexington County was 12.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Demographics in Richland County

Richland County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.2 percent of Richland County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Richland County was $48,420 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Richland County was 16.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[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.[6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties is Dr. Stephen W. Hefner, who joined the district in January 2011. Prior to his appointment, Hefner was the superintendent of Richland School District Two, also in South Carolina. He has both his master's degree and doctorate from the University of South Carolina.[7]

School board

The District 5 Board of Education is a nonpartisan board that consists of seven members elected to staggered four-year terms. Four members represent the portion of the school district located within Lexington County, and three of the trustees are required to be residents of the portion of the school district located within Richland County. They are elected by the registered voters therein.[8]

District 5 Board of Education
Member Role Geographic area Term Ends
Beth Hutchison Watson Chairman Lexington 2016
Robert Gantt Vice chairman Richland 2016
Jondy Loveless Secretary Lexington 2016
Ellen Baumgardner Member Lexington 2018
Larry D. Haltiwanger Sr. Member Richland 2018
Jan Hammond Member Lexington 2018
Ed White Member Richland 2018

School board elections

See also: District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Three 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 on its website:

The Board of Trustees normally holds two regular monthly meetings, on the second and fourth Monday of each month in a school location during the school year. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All meetings, including any committee meetings, are open to the public except those executive sessions allowed under the S. C. Freedom of Information Act. Community members are provided opportunities to voice opinions and ask questions at designated times during each board meeting. Notice of all meetings is given to the public, in advance, and any changes in this meeting schedule are announced through the news media.[9]

—District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties' website, (2014), [10]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties:[11]

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
2012-2013 $134,735,690 90% $0 0% $13,425,445 9% $0 0% $1,619,534 1.1% $149,780,669
2013-2014 $140,362,149 88.6% $0 0% $16,685,024 10.5% $0 0% $1,409,848 0.9% $158,457,021
2014-2015 $145,494,551 89.1% $0 0% $16,519,139 10.1% $0 0% $1,343,231 0.8% $163,356,921
Averages: $140,197,463.33 89% $0 0% $15,543,202.67 10% $0 0% $1,457,537.67 1% $157,198,203.67

Teacher salaries

District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties does not post its teacher salary schedule on its website.

Schools in Lexington School District One

Enrollment

The district served 22,423 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a .06 percent decrease in enrollment between 2010 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2012:[12]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 16,372 N/A
2010-2011 16,360 -.07
2011-2012 16,362 .01

District schools

District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties operates 21 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties Schools
School Name
Ballentine Elementary School
Center for Advanced Technical Studies
Chapin Elementary School
Chapin High School
Chapin Middle School
CrossRoads Middle School
Dutch Fork Elementary School
Dutch Fork High School
Dutch Fork Middle School
H. E. Corley Elementary School
Harbison West Elementary School
Irmo Elementary School
Irmo High School
Irmo Middle School
Lake Murray Elementary School
Leaphart Elementary School
Nursery Road Elementary School
Oak Pointe Elementary School
River Springs Elementary School
Seven Oaks Elementary School
Spring Hill High School

Academic performance

The South Carolina Department of Education administers annual tests to district students called the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, math, science, social studies and writing. The following table details the percentage of students who met and exceeded proficiency levels on the SC PASS during the 2013-2014 school year:[14]

SC PASS Scores, 2013-2014[15]
Subject Meets standard (%) Exceeds standard (%)
Reading 82.3 55.5
Math 83.6 53.7
Science 82.7 42.3
Social Studies 86.7 56.5
Writing 83.7 50.6

Contact information

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District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties
1020 Dutch Fork Road
Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: (803) 476-8000

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