Henderson County Public Schools

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Henderson County Public Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Established 1992
Country United States
Location Henderson County, North Carolina
District information
Schools 23
Budget $ 118,973,000
NCES District ID 3702100[1]
Students and staff
Students 13,472
Teachers 914.55 (on FTE basis)
Staff 816.77 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 14.73:1
Other information
Website www.henderson.k12.nc.us

Henderson County Public Schools (also called Henderson County Schools) is a PK12 graded school district serving Henderson County, North Carolina. The district was formed in 1993 from the merger of Hendersonville City Schools and the former Henderson County Schools. Its 23 schools serve 13,472 students as of the 2010–11 school year.


The system was created on July 1, 1993, by the merger of Hendersonville City Schools and Henderson County Schools. They adopted the new name Henderson County Public Schools.[2]

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Henderson County Schools had a total population of 13,472 students and 914.55 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 14.73:1.[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, 72%; Hispanic, 18%; Black, 4%; two or more races, 4%; American Indian, 0%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 1%.[3] For the same school year, 53.26% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[4]


The primary governing body of Henderson County Public Schools is called the Henderson County Board of Public Education.[5] It follows a council–manager government format with a seven-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 Eighth District.[6]

Board of Education[edit]

The seven members of the Board of Education generally meet on the second Monday of each month. The current members of the board are: Ervin W. Bazzle (Chair), Melissa Maurer (Vice-Chair), Mary Louise Corn, Lisa Edwards, Amy Lynn Holt, Joshua Houston, and Rick R. Wood.[5]


The system has had four superintendents since merging. The first was Dan G. Lunsford who was also superintendent of the county system before the merger.[2] He served from 1993 until 1999 when Tom Burnham was appointed. Burnham held the position 1999–2004.[7] Stephen L. Page took over in 2004[8] and served until 2010.

The current superintendent of the system is David L. Jones. He was appointed in 2010 after the retirement of Stephen L. Page. Jones was previously the Henderson County district's assistant superintendent.[9]

Member schools[edit]

Henderson County Schools has 23 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. These are separated into six high schools, four middle schools, and thirteen elementary schools.[10]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Apple Valley Middle School (Hendersonville)
  • Flat Rock Middle School (East Flat Rock)
  • Hendersonville Middle School (Hendersonville)
  • Rugby Middle School (Hendersonville)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Atkinson Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Bruce Drysdale Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Clear Creek Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Dana Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Edneyville Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Etowah Elementary School (Etowah)
  • Fletcher Elementary School (Fletcher)
  • Glenn C Marlow Elementary School (Mills River)
  • Hendersonville Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Hillandale Elementary School (East Flat Rock)
  • Mills River Elementary School (Mills River)
  • Sugarloaf Elementary School (Hendersonville)
  • Upward Elementary School (Flat Rock)


Athletic departments for the district schools are members of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. They compete in various sports over two different conferences. East, North, and West are all in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference. East and West are 3A schools, while North is 2A. Hendersonville is a 1A school in the Western Highlands Conference.[11]


The Henderson County Public School system has had one school listed as a Blue Ribbon School: Hendersonville Elementary School in 2007.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Henderson County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Randy (July 1, 1993). "It's done: Schools formally merged". The Hendersonville Times-News. p. 1A. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Board of Public Education". Henderson County Public Schools. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Salter, Sid (November 15, 2009). "Deja va, all over again: Burnham reprises state superintendent's role". The Clarion-Ledger. p. C1. 
  8. ^ Hedgpeth, Lynn (April 13, 2004). "Page will lead Henderson schools". The Asheville Citizen-Times. p. C1. 
  9. ^ "Henderson County Names New Public Schools Superintendent". WSPA. May 3, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Henderson County Schools". North Carolina's School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools 2003–2011" (PDF). US Department of Education. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 

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