Muscogee County School District, Georgia

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Muscogee County School District
Muscogee County, Georgia
Muscogee County School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:David F. Lewis
Graduation rate:67.52 percent[2]
Number of schools:55
Budget: $264.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rob Varner
Board members:9
Term length:4
Muscogee County School District is a school district in Georgia that served 32,231 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district operates 55 K-12 schools, the Columbus Museum and eight libraries in the Chattahoochee Valley.[3]

About the district

Muscogee County School District is located in Muscogee County, Georgia
Muscogee County School District is located in Muscogee County, Georgia. The county seat of Muscogee County is Columbus, Georgia. Muscogee County is home to 202,824 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Muscogee County School District is the 11th-largest school district in Georgia.


Muscogee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.1 percent of Muscogee County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Muscogee County was $41,443 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Muscogee County was 18.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Muscogee County (%) Georgia (%)
White 48.3 62.8
Black or African American 46.1 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.3 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.2 9.2

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.[5]


The superintendent of Muscogee County School District is David F. Lewis as of June 27, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2013. Lewis previously served as a teacher and principal in the district.[6][7]

School board

The Muscogee County Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected to specific geographic districts while the ninth member is elected at-large.

Muscogee County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Patricia Hugley Green 1 2016
John Wells 2 2014
Athavia Senior 3 2016
Naomi Buckner 4 2014
Rob Varner 5 2016
Mark Cantrell 6 2014
Shannon Smallman 7 2016
Beth Harris 8 2014
Cathy Williams At-large 2014

School board elections

See also: Muscogee County School District elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats were up for election on May 20, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2013:

All official meetings of the Board shall be open to the press and public. However, the Board may meet in executive session.

Citizens are encouraged to address items on the Board Agenda or to initiate presentations of issues appropriate to School Board consideration. The Board meeting is not the appropriate place to review individual employee performance or individual parent complaints that have not been addressed by the principal or Superintendent. Citizens are encouraged to follow normal channels to address such problems.

Addressing an Item on the Agenda

In order to assure that persons who wish to appear before the Board may be heard and in order that the Board may conduct its meetings properly and efficiently, the Board adopts as policy the following procedures and rules pertaining to public participation in Board meetings.

  • If an individual desires to speak, he/she must make a request to the Superintendent of Education to be on the agenda seven days prior to the Board meeting. Any individual desiring to speak shall give his/her name, address, and the group, if any, that he/she is representing. His/her presentation should be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker shall be limited to five minutes.
  • Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concerns them. In public session, the Board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. Other channels provide for Board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals.
  • No profane or vulgar language nor personal abuse against any person shall be permitted.

The Board vests in its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when he/she does not adhere to the rules established above.

Persons appearing before the Board are reminded, as a point of information, that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters; thus, questions may be directed to the Board members but answers may be deferred pending consideration by the Board.

Due Process Exception

The provisions of this rule do not apply to suspension or dismissal hearing of an employee or student or other due process hearing.


—Muscogee County School District's website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Muscogee County School District:[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
2012-2013 $204,378,835 73.2% $18,480,252 6.6% $48,714,727 17.4% $0 0% $7,700,848 2.8% $279,274,662
2013-2014 $191,857,581 70.9% $26,913,903 9.9% $42,976,891 15.9% $0 0% $8,848,094 3.3% $270,596,469
2014-2015 $185,067,068 69.9% $28,518,108 10.8% $43,170,285 16.3% $0 0% $7,962,149 3% $264,717,610
Averages: $193,767,828 71% $24,637,421 9% $44,953,967.67 17% $0 0% $8,170,363.67 3% $271,529,580.33

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Muscogee County School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provision certificate + Bachelors 31,586 31,586
Professional certificate + Bachelors 36,311 53,320
Provisional certificate + Masters 35,597 53,551
Professional certificate + Masters 41,395 61,693
Professional certificate + Specialist 46,479 69,308
Professional certificate + Doctorate 51,328 76,594

Schools in Muscogee County School District


The district served 32,231 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.6 percent decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 32,763 -
2008-2009 32,585 -0.5
2009-2010 32,458 -0.4
2010-2011 32,288 -0.5
2011-2012 32,231 -0.2

District schools

Muscogee County School District operates 55 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Muscogee County School District
Aaron Cohn Middle School
Allen Elementary School
Arnold Magnet Academy
Baker Middle School
Blackmon Road Middle School
Blanchard Elementary School
Brewer Elementary School
Britt David Elementary Magnet Academy
Clubview Elementary School
Columbus High School
Cusseta Road Elementary School
Davis Elementary School
Dawson Elementary School
Dimon Elementary Magnet Academy
Double Churches Elementary School
Double Churches Middle School
Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy
Eagle Ridge Academy
Early College Academy
East Columbus Magnet Academy
Eddy Middle School
Forrest Road Elementary School
Fort Middle School
Fox Elementary School
Gentian Elementary School
Georgetown Elementary School
G.W. Carver STEM High School
Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy
Hardaway High School
Johnson Elementary School
Jordan High School
Kendrick High School
Key Elementary School
Lonnie Jackson Academy
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Mathews Elementary School
Midland Academy
Midland Middle School
Muscogee Elementary School
North Columbus Elementary
Northside High School
Reese Road Leadership Academy
Richards Middle School
Rigdon Road Elementary School
River Road Elementary School
Rothschild Leadership Academy
Shaw High School
South Columbus Elementary School
Spencer High School
St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy
Veterans Memorial Middle School
Waddell Elementary School
Wesley Heights Elementary School
Wynnton Arts Academy

Academic performance

The Georgia Department of Education administers annual tests to students in grades three through eight called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). These tests assess the proficiency of district students in five academic subjects including reading, English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. The CRCTs are designed to measure progress by students in topics covered by the Common Core State Standards. A student meets state proficiency goals with a score of 800 and exceeds state proficiency goals with a score of 850 or higher. The following tables detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency levels on the CRCTs during the 2012-2013 school year:[13][14]

CRCT Scores, Grades 3-5, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
3 Reading 85.6
3 ELA 78.5
3 Math 64.2
3 Science 62.6
3 Social Science 73.5
4 Reading 88.6
4 ELA 85.3
4 Math 72.1
4 Science 73.0
4 Social Science 70.8
5 Reading 87.9
5 ELA 89.3
5 Math 79.1
5 Science 65.1
5 Social Science 70.3

CRCT Scores, Grades 6-8, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject District meets/exceeds standard (%)
6 Reading 93.1
6 ELA 88.3
6 Math 73.2
6 Science 63.2
6 Social Science 67.2
7 Reading 91.6
7 ELA 89.1
7 Math 83.1
7 Science 77.6
7 Social Science 73.5
8 Reading 95.5
8 ELA 93.9
8 Math 74.1
8 Science 64.0
8 Social Science 69.0

Contact information

Muscogee County School District logo.jpg
Muscogee County School District
2960 Macon Rd.
Columbus, GA 31906
Phone: (706) 748-2000

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