Harnett County Schools

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Harnett County Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Country United States
Location Harnett County, North Carolina
District information
Superintendent Tom Frye
Schools 27
Budget $ 176,959,000
NCES District ID 3702010[1]
Students and staff
Students 19,704
Teachers 1,234.92 (on FTE basis)
Staff 1,067.26 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 15.96:1
Other information
Website www.harnett.k12.nc.us

Harnett County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Harnett County, North Carolina. Its 27 schools serve 19,704 students as of the 2010–11 school year.


A push for school consolidation began in the 1920s. By 1933, more modern high schools and community schools were developed. Another push for consolidation occurred in the 1970s after desegregation.[2](p124)

The latter push for school consolidations began in 1963. However, county residents four times rejected bond referendums that would help pay for new schools. Even though the bond referendum failed in 1974, the county commissioners moved forward with their plans for the school construction, approving a tax increase to help fund it. The result was three new high schools: Western Harnett and Harnett Central in 1978, as well as Triton in 1986.[2](p145)

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Harnett County Schools had a total population of 19,704 students and 1,234.92 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 15.96:1.[1] That same year, out of the total student population, the gender ratio was 52% male to 48% female. The demographic group makeup was: White, 53%; Black, 25%; Hispanic, 16%; American Indian, 1%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 4%).[3] For the same school year, 56.12% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[4]


The primary governing body of Harnett 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.[5]

Board of Education[edit]

The five members of the Board of Education are chosen in partisan elections by districts to four-year terms. They generally meet on the first Monday of each month. The current members of the board are: Chuck Levorse (Chair, District III), Vivian Bennett (Vice-Chair, District I), William H. Morris (District II), James Ray Bryant (District IV), and Kevin Gregory (District V). The superintendent serves as secretary of the board.[6]


The current superintendent of the system is Tom Frye. He became superintendent in 2011 after the retirement of Phil Ferrell. Frye was previously the assistant superintendent and has worked in the Harnett County Schools system for nearly 30 years.[7][8]

Member schools[edit]

Harnett County Schools has 27 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those schools are separated into five high schools, five middle schools, and 17 elementary schools.

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Coats-Erwin Middle School (Dunn)
  • Dunn Middle School (Dunn)
  • Harnett Central Middle School (Angier)
  • Overhills Middle School (Spring Lake)
  • Western Harnett Middle School (Lillington)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Anderson Creek Primary School (Bunnlevel)
  • Angier Elementary School (Angier)
  • Benhaven Elementary School (Olivia)
  • Boone Trail Elementary School (Lillington)
  • Buies Creek Elementary School (Buies Creek)
  • Coats Elementary School (Coats)
  • Erwin Elementary School (Erwin)
  • Gentry Primary School (Erwin)
  • Harnett Primary School (Dunn)
  • Highland Elementary School (Sanford)
  • Johnsonville Elementary School (Cameron)
  • LaFayette Elementary School (Kipling)
  • Lillington-Shawtown Elementary School (Lillington)
  • North Harnett Primary School (Angier)
  • Overhills Elementary School (Spring Lake)
  • South Harnett Elementary School (Bunnlevel)
  • Wayne Avenue Elementary School (Dunn)


According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, for the 2012–13 school year:[9]

  • Harnett Central is a 4A school in the Greater Neuse River Conference.
  • Overhills and Western Harnett are 3A schools in the Cape Fear Valley Conference.
  • Triton is a 3A school in the Eastern Carolina Conference.
  • STAR Academy does not have athletic teams.


The Harnett County Schools system has had one school listed as Blue Ribbon Schools: Harnett Primary School (2000–01).[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Harnett County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hairr, John (2002). Harnett County: A History. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738523798. 
  3. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Board of Education". Harnett County Schools. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Gregory (March 14, 2011). "Interim superintendent keeps Harnett schools steady". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Board of Education Staff". Harnett County Schools. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools 1982–2002" (PDF). US Department of Education. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 

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