Kanawha County Schools

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Kanawha County Schools
Motto Where ALL Students Come First
Established 1933
Type Public School District
President Dr. Ron Duerring, Superintendent
Students 28,350
Location Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Campus City
Website Website

Kanawha County Schools is the operating school district within Kanawha County, West Virginia. It is governed by the Kanawha County Board of Education.

Board of education[edit]

The School Board is made up of five members, each elected to a four-year term in a nonpartisan election. The Board appoints the superintendent. Current members:[1]

Member Position Term
William Thaw President
Jim Joseph Crawford, Sr. Member
Becky Jones Jordon Member
Robin Camp Rector Member
William Raglin Member

Dr. Ron Duerring is the Superintendent.


Kanawha County Schools faced a multi-million dollar budget crisis for the FY 2012, but had overcome the issue in time. Superintendent Duerring stated that school officials' two major goals, if the shortfall was to occur, is to maintain the current curriculum as much as possible, and not decrease employee wages or benefits.

The County Board of Education members are also paid $160 per meeting, and are not allowed to exceed 50 meetings in a school year or else they will not be paid. [2]

Per Pupil Spending[edit]

For 2006-2007,Kanawha County spent $9,855 per pupil. The state average was $9,611.[3]

Academic performance[edit]

No Child Left Behind[edit]

For the 2008-2009 school year, Kanawha was ranked as being "Below AYP - Status Needs Improvement in One Or More Accountability Cells."[4] They did not meet AYP standards for 2008 or 2007 either.[5]

Adequate Yearly Progress[6]

Year County meet AYP? Number of schools meeting AYP Percentage of schools meeting AYP
2009 No 52 76.5%
2008 No 57 83.8%
2007 No 57 83.8%
2006 No 59 88.1%

WESTEST 2[edit]

WESTEST (West Virginia Educational Standards Test) 2 is defined by the WVDOE as "a custom-designed assessment for West Virginia students. The individual content assessments measure a student’s levels of performance on clearly defined standards and objectives and skills."[7]

WESTEST 2/APTA Assessment (2008–09)[8]

Subject Percentage of students proficient
Math 58.37%
RLA 58.69%
Science 51.43%
Social Studies 55.79%


The Kanawha County Education Association (KCEA) is the teachers' union for this school district.[9] Dinah Adkins is the President. It is a local affiliate of the West Virginia Education Association.

There are other union chapters in many schools, whether or not acknowledged by the administration of the schools or Board of Education. One such example is the American Federation of Teacher (AFT) chapter in Andrew Jackson Middle School, where the current Building Representative is Danielle Murray.

School choice[edit]

West Virginia is one of 10 states that does not have a charter school law.[10]

By written request from a parent or guardian, a superintendent may transfer students from one school in the district to another. The county school board can also transfer students from one school district to another.[11]


High schools[12][edit]

Middle schools[13][edit]

  • Andrew Jackson Middle School
  • Cedar Grove Middle School
  • DuPont Middle School
  • Dunbar Middle School
  • East Bank Middle School
  • Elkview Middle School
  • Hayes Middle School
  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • John Adams Middle School
  • McKinley Middle School
  • South Charleston Middle School
  • Sissonville Middle School
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle School

Elementary schools[14][edit]

  • Alban Elementary School
  • Alum Creek Elementary School
  • Andrews Heights Elementary School
  • Anne Bailey Elementary School
  • Belle Elementary School
  • Bridge Elementary School
  • BridgeView Elementary School
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School
  • Central Elementary School
  • Chamberlain Elementary School
  • Chesapeake Elementary School
  • Clendenin Elementary School
  • Cross Lanes Elementary School
  • Dunbar Primary School
  • Dunbar Intermediate School
  • Elk Elementary Center
  • Flinn Elementary School
  • George C. Weimer Elementary School
  • Grandview Elementary School
  • Holz Elementary School
  • J.E. Robbins Elementary School
  • Kanawha City Elementary School
  • Kenna Elementary School
  • Lakewood Elementary School
  • Malden Elementary School
  • Marmet Elementary School
  • Mary Ingles Elementary School
  • Midland Trail Elementary School
  • Montrose Elementary School
  • Nitro Elementary School
  • Overbrook Elementary School
  • Piedmont Elementary School
  • Pinch Elementary School
  • Point Harmony Elementary School
  • Pratt Elementary School
  • Richmond Elementary School
  • Ruffner Elementary School
  • Ruthlawn Elementary School
  • Sharon Dawes Elementary School
  • Shoals Elementary School
  • Sissonville Elementary School
  • Watts Elementary School
  • Weberwood Elementary School
  • West Side Elementary School

Alternative schools[edit]

  • University Collaborative School

Career and Technical[15][edit]

  • Ben Franklin Vocational Center
  • Carver Career Center
  • Chandler Academy
  • Garnet Career Center

Former Schools[edit]

Former High Schools[edit]

  • Booker T. Washington High School - Closed in 1956 when KCS was integrated and became Grant Junior High School, which closed in 1986.
  • Charleston High School - Consolidated in 1989 with Stonewall Jackson into Capital.
  • Dunbar High School - Absorbed by South Charleston HS in 1990.[16]
  • DuPont High School - Consolidated in 1999 with East Bank into Riverside, now DuPont Middle.
  • East Bank High School - Consolidated in 1999 with Dupont into Riverside, now East Bank Middle.
  • Garnet High School - Closed in 1956 when KCS was integrated, now serves as Garnet Career Center.
  • Louden District High School - Now South Charleston Middle.
  • Stonewall Jackson High School- Consolidated in 1989 with Charleston into Capital, now Stonewall Jackson Middle.


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