Columbus County Schools

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Columbus County Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Country United States
Location Columbus County, North Carolina
District information
Superintendent Alan Faulk
Accreditation AdvancED
Schools 19
Budget $ 65,109,000
NCES District ID 3700960[1]
Students and staff
Students 6,798
Teachers 432.98 (on FTE basis)
Staff 448.58 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 15.70:1
Other information

Columbus County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Columbus County, North Carolina. Its 19 schools serve 6,798 students as of the 2010–11 school year.

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Columbus County Schools had a total population of 6,798 students and 432.98 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 15.70:1.[1] That same year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 51% female to 49% female. The demographic group makeup was: Black, 34%; White, 51%; Hispanic, 8%; American Indian, 6%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 2%).[2] For the same school year, 75.90% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[3]


The primary governing body of Columbus County Schools follows a council–manager government format with a five-member Board of Education appointing a Superintendent to run the day-to-day operations of the system. The school system currently resides in the North Carolina State Board of Education's Fourth District.[4]

Board of Education[edit]

The five members of the Board of Education are: Monte Herring (Chair), Barbara Yates (Vice Chair), Junior Dew, Norris Ebron, and Worley T. Edwards.[5]


The current superintendent of the system is Alan Faulk. He became superintendent in May 2011. Faulk replaced Dan Strickland who retired from the system to take a position in Marion County, South Carolina.[6]

Member schools[edit]

Columbus County Schools has 19 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those 19 schools are separated into five high schools, five middle schools, and nine elementary schools.[7][8]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Acme Delco Middle School (Delco)
  • Chadbourn Middle School (Chadbourn)
  • Hallsboro Middle School (Hallsboro)
  • Nakina Middle School (Nakina)
  • Tabor City Middle School (Tabor City)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Acme Delco Elementary School (Reigelwood)
  • Cerro Gordo Elementary School; grades PK–8 (Cerro Gordo)
  • Chadbourn Elementary School (Chadbourn)
  • Evergreen Elementary School; grades PK–8 (Evergreen)
  • Guideway Elementary School (Tabor City)
  • Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary School (Hallsboro)
  • Old Dock Elementary School (Whiteville)
  • Tabor City Elementary School (Tabor City)
  • Williams Township School; grades PK–8 (Whiteville)


According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, for the 2012–2013 school year:[9]

  • East and West Columbus are 2A schools in the Three Rivers Conference.
  • South Columbus is a 2A school in the Waccamaw Conference.
  • The Boys and Girls Home and Southeastern Early College do not have athletic teams.


Tabor City Middle School received the national American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards in 2011 based on their active REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Authentic Learning) program participation.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Columbus County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Columbus County Board of Education". Columbus County Schools. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Niven, Deuce (July 16, 2011). "Alan Faulk named Columbus County schools superintendent". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Schools". Columbus County Schools. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Columbus County Schools". NC School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Barker, Ashley (March 7, 2011). "Local school is awarded Magna award for REAL program". WECT-TV. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

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