Cleveland County Schools

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Cleveland County Schools
Cleveland County, North Carolina
United States
District information
SuperintendentDr. Stephen Fisher
Budget$ 151,534,000
NCES District ID3700900[1]
Students and staff
Teachers1,130.81 (on FTE basis)
Staff1,103.27 (on FTE basis)
Student–teacher ratio14.52:1
Other information

Cleveland County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Cleveland County, North Carolina. The system was formed from the merger of Kings Mountain City Schools, Shelby City Schools and the former Cleveland County Schools system in 2004. Its 29 schools serve 16,417 students as of the 2010–2011 school year.


Originally, the cities of Kings Mountain and Shelby had their own school districts separate from Cleveland County Schools. In 2000, the school boards and the Cleveland County Commission approved a merger plan to consolidate the three systems into one. The State Board of Education approved the measure, however, the school board of the Kings Mountain School District filed suit to stop the merger. The courts did not accept their positions and the merger officially occurred in 2004.[2][3]

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–2011 school year, Cleveland County Schools had a total population of 16,417 students and 1,130.81 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 14.52:1.[1] That same year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 52% male to 48% female. The demographic group makeup was: Black, 26%; White, 64%; Hispanic, 4%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 1%; and American Indian, 0% (two or more races: 5%).[4] For the same school year, 59.84% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[5]


The primary governing body of Cleveland County Schools follows a council–manager government format with a nine-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 Sixth District.[6]

Board of Education[edit]

The nine members of the Board of Education generally meet on the second Monday of each month. The current members of the board are: Jack Hamrick (Chair), George Litton (Vice Chair), Kathy Falls, Phillip Glover, Richard Hooker, Shearra Miller, Dale Oliver, Roger Harris, and Jerry Hoyle.[7]


The current superintendent of the system is Dr. Stephen Fisher. He became superintendent July 1, 2014.[8] He followed Dr. Bruce Boyles who became superintendent in 2007 after spending 26 years in various positions in the Mooresville Graded School District.[9][10] Boyles replaces Gene Moore who resigned the position to accept a superintendent position in Lancaster County, South Carolina and the interim superintendent, Steve Borders.[11] Moore was the first superintendent of the newly merged system.[3]

Member schools[edit]

Cleveland County Schools has 29 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, comprising five high schools, two alternative schools, four middle schools, two intermediate schools (grades 5 and 6), and sixteen elementary schools.[12][13]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Burns Middle School (Lawndale)
  • Crest Middle School (Boiling Springs)
  • Kings Mountain Middle School; grades 7–8 (Kings Mountain)
  • Shelby Middle School; grades 7–8 (Shelby)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bethware Elementary School (Kings Mountain)
  • Boiling Springs Elementary School (Boiling Springs)
  • Casar Elementary School (Casar)
  • East Elementary School (Kings Mountain)
  • Fallston Elementary School (Fallston)
  • Graham Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Grover Elementary School (Grover)
  • James Love Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Jefferson Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Kings Mountain Intermediate School; grades 5–6 (Kings Mountain)
  • Marion Elementary School (Shelby)
  • North Elementary School (Kings Mountain)
  • Shelby Intermediate School; grades 5–6 (Shelby)
  • Springmore Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Township Three Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Union Elementary School (Shelby)
  • Washington Elementary School (Waco)
  • West Elementary School (Kings Mountain)

Alternative schools[edit]

  • Turning Point Academy; alternative school, grades 6–12 (Shelby)
  • North Shelby School; special education, grades PK–12 (Shelby)


According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, for the 2012–2013 school year:[14]

  • Shelby High is a 2A school in the South Mountain Athletic Conference.
  • Burns High is a 3A school in the South Mountain Athletic Conference.
  • Crest and Kings Mountain high schools are 3A schools in the Big South Conference.
  • Turning Point Academy and Cleveland Early College do not have athletic teams.


The Cleveland County Schools system has had three schools listed as Blue Ribbon Schools: Crest High School (1986–87),[15] Jefferson Elementary School (2008), and East Elementary School (2008).[16] The system was included on the College Board's AP Honor Roll in 2013.[17]

One teacher in the school system has been recognized as a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Teacher of the Year: Frances A. Kiser (1974–75).[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Cleveland County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Court affirms school merger approved by the State Board of Education". University of North Carolina School of Government. Summer 2003. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Moore Will Head Merged Schools, Parents Await First Changes to Cleveland County School System". The Charlotte Observer. January 14, 2004. p. 2B.
  4. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "2010–2011". Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Archived from the original (XLS) on April 23, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Board of Education". Cleveland County Schools. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Burchfield, Hays (November 3, 2006). "Unanimous". Shelby Star.
  10. ^ "Leader of Mooresville Schools Resigns Post". The Charlotte Observer. November 5, 2006. p. 1N.
  11. ^ "Cleveland County Selects Interim Superintendent Of Education". WSOC-TV. June 14, 2006. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Cleveland County Schools". NC School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  13. ^ "Schools". Cleveland County Schools. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  14. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13". NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  15. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools 1982–2002" (PDF). US Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  16. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools 2003–2011" (PDF). US Department of Education. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  17. ^ Pickens, Jessica (January 7, 2013). "County schools honored for rigor of courses". The Shelby Star. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  18. ^ "Teachers of the Year". NC Public Schools website. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.

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