Haywood County Schools (North Carolina)

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Haywood County Schools
Haywood County, North Carolina
United States
District information
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Superintendent Anne Garrett
Schools 16
Budget $ 75,736,000
District ID 3702040[1]
Students and staff
Students 7,813
Teachers 546.24 (on FTE basis)
Staff 526.14 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 14.30:1
Other information
Website www.haywood.k12.nc.us

Haywood County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Haywood County, North Carolina. Its 16 schools serve 7,813 students as of the 2010–11 school year.

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Haywood County Schools had a total population of 7,813 students and 546.24 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 14.30:1.[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, 90%; Hispanic, 6%; Black, 1%; American Indian, 1%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 2%).[2] For the same school year, 54.15% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[3]


The primary governing body of Haywood 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 Eighth District.[4]

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: Chuck Francis (Chair), Larry Harbin (Vice Chair), Jimmy Rodgers, Lynn Milner, Steven Kirkpatrick, Bob Morris, Rhonda Schandevel, Larry Henson, and Jim Harley Francis.[5] Chuck Francis also served as president of the North Carolina School Boards Association for 2011–12.[6]


The superintendent of the system is Anne Garrett. She replaced Bill Upton when he retired in 2005. Garrett had previously been assistant superintendent and had worked in various positions in Haywood County Schools for many years.[7]

Member schools[edit]

Haywood County Schools has 16 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those are separated into four high schools, three middle schools, and nine elementary schools.[8]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Bethel Middle School (Bethel)
  • Canton Middle School (Canton)
  • Waynesville Middle School (Waynesville)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bethel Elementary School (Canton)
  • Central Elementary School (Waynesville)
  • Clyde Elementary School (Clyde)
  • Hazelwood Elementary School (Waynesville)
  • Jonathan Valley Elementary School (Waynesville)
  • Junaluska Elementary School (Waynesville)
  • Meadowbrook Elementary School (Canton)
  • North Canton Elementary School (Canton)
  • Riverbend Elementary School (Clyde)


Athletic departments for the district schools are members of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. They compete in various sports in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference. Pisgah is a 2A school and Tuscola classified as 3A. Haywood Early College and Central Haywood do not have athletic teams.[9]


The Haywood County Schools system has had one school listed as a Blue Ribbon School: Riverbend Elementary School in 2011.[10] The system also has had one teacher recognized as a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Teacher of the Year: Merv Sessoms in 1988–89.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Haywood County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "School Board Members". Haywood County Schools. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Nolte, Bill (November 19, 2011). "Francis Elected President of NCSBA". The Mountaineer. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ingram, Jill (January 18, 2005). "Haywood picks Garrett to lead county schools". The Asheville Citizen-Times. p. B3. 
  8. ^ "Haywood County Schools". North Carolina's School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools 2003–2011" (PDF). US Department of Education. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Teachers of the Year". North Carolina Public Schools website. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 

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