Edgecombe County Public Schools

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Edgecombe County Public Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Established 1993
Country United States
Location Edgecombe County, North Carolina
District information
Superintendent John Farrelly
Schools 15
Budget $ 67,536,000
District ID 3701320[1]
Students and staff
Students 7,477
Teachers 455.34 (on FTE basis)
Staff 502.57 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 16.42:1
Other information
Website www.ecps.us

Edgecombe County Public Schools (previously called Edgecombe County Schools) is a PK12 graded school district serving Edgecombe County, North Carolina. It was formed in 1993 from the merger of the old Edgecombe County Schools and Tarboro City Schools systems. The system's nine schools serve 7,477 students as of the 2010–11 school year.


The Edgecombe County Public Schools system developed from the merger of the old Edgecombe County Schools and Tarboro City Schools. At the same time, a merger push was happening in neighboring Nash County. The movements in both counties had been going on for years, motivated in part by declining enrollments in Rocky Mounty City Schools, but disagreements focused on district borders.[2] Since the town of Rocky Mount exists in both counties, there was some delay in the merger finalization as court battles over district boundaries and other issues dominated discussions. The original push for merger started in the late 1970s.[3] The state legislature approved the merger in 1991,[4] but this was not finalized until 1993.[5][6] In 2003, the system officially changed its name from Edgecombe County Schools to Edgecombe County Public Schools.[7][6]

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Edgecombe County Schools had a total population of 7,477 students and 455.34 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 16.42:1.[1] That same year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 51% male to 49% female. The demographic group makeup was: Black, 57%; White, 34%; Hispanic, 8%; American Indian, 0%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 2%).[8] For the same school year, 79.75% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[9]


The primary governing body of Edgecombe County Schools 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 Third District.[10]

Board of Education[edit]

The seven members of the Board of Education generally meet on the second Monday of each month. They are elected to four-year staggered terms. The current members of the board are: Ann R. Kent, District Five (Chair); Evelyn S. Wilson, District One (Vice-Chair); Olga T. Dickens, District Two; Evelyn Johnson, District Three; Janice W. Davidson, District Six; and Faye L. Taylor District Seven.[11]


The current superintendent of the system is John Farrelly. He became superintendent in 2012 following the retirement of Wayne Talley. Farrelly was previously superintendent of the Washington County Schools.[12]

Member schools[edit]

Edgecombe County Schools has 15 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. These are separated into five high schools, four middle schools, and six elementary schools.[13]

High schools[edit]

  • Edgecombe Early College High School (Tarboro)
  • North Edgecombe High School (Tarboro)
  • Roberson Center for Educational Achievement; alternative school, grades 6–12 (Tarboro)
    • In 2012, the system decided to close this school.[14]
  • SouthWest Edgecombe High School (Pinetops)
  • Tarboro High School (Tarboro)

Middle schools[edit]

  • C. B. Martin Middle School (Tarboro)
  • Phillips Middle School (Battleboro)
  • South Edgecombe Middle School (Pinetops)
  • West Edgecombe Middle School (Rocky Mount)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Coker-Wimberly Elementary School (Battleboro)
  • G. W. Bulluck Elementary School (Rocky Mount)
  • G. W. Carver Elementary School (Pinetops)
  • Princeville Elementary School; formerly Princeville Montessori[15] (Tarboro)
  • Stocks Elementary School (Tarboro)
  • W. A. Pattillo Elementary School (Tarboro)


According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, for the 2012–2013 school year:[16]

  • North Edgecombe is a 1A school in the Tar Roanoke Conference.
  • SouthWest Edgecombe and Tarboro high schools are 2A schools in the Eastern Plains Conference.
  • The early college and Roberson Center do not have athletic teams.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Edgecombe County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "County Boards Stick to Stand on Merger". Spring Hope Enterprise. February 4, 1982. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Area merger self destructs". Spring Hope Enterprise. August 11, 1988. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Session Law 1991-404". North Carolina Session Laws. North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Session Law 1993-468". North Carolina Session Laws. North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Bender, Jaime (July 5, 2003). "Edgecombe schools marks 10 years". The Rocky Mount Telegram. 
  7. ^ "Session Law 2003-125". North Carolina Session Laws. North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Board of Education". Edgecombe County Public Schools. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ Walker, John H (April 26, 2012). "John Farrelly named new Edgecombe superintendent". The Daily Southerner. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Edgecombe County Public Schools". North Carolina's School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Knight, C. Rudolph (June 25, 2012). "Roberson School, a Brief History and Legacy". The Daily Southerner. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ashley, Jamica C (August 11, 2011). "Two ECPS schools to modify names". The Daily Southerner. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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