Georgia Screven County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 14, 1793

Population: 15,374

Total Area: 648.5 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Sylvania (County Seat)

• Newington
• Oliver

Screven County, the 14th county formed in Georgia, was named for Revolutionary War General James Screven who died in the war. Created in 1793 from parts of Burke and Effingham counties, parts of the original county later formed Bulloch and Jenkins counties.

The founding of Sylvania is said to have been the result of a curse. In 1821 an itinerant minister, Lorenzo Dow, came to preach at the local church in Jacksonborough, the small town that was at that point Screven’s county seat. A pack of rowdy drunks attacked Dow, but he was rescued by a man named Seaborn Goodall. Later, as Dow was leaving town, he was attacked again. As he stood on the bridge out of town, he prayed that the town be destroyed, with the exception of the home of Goodall. Within 30 years, Jacksonborough had disappeared due to mysterious fires and floods. By 1847, a new town, Sylvania, grew up just south of the site of Jacksonborough and became the county seat.

The Savannah River is the county’s eastern border and is also the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The Ogeechee River forms the southwestern boundary of the county.

The Brier Creek Battle Site, with visible breastworks, is a Revolutionary Battle Site located east of Sylvania.

Some of the festivals in Screven County include the Screven County Livestock Show and the Christmas Open House.

Screven County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 648.4 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 23.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 22.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 45.3% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.60 persons compared to an average family size of 3.14 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $30,738. Per capita income grew by 12.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 15,054 Covered Employment 3,774
Growth (%) since 1990 8.8% Average wage per job $27,727
Households (2000) 5,797 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 27.0%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 7,310 Average wage per job $30,738
Unemployment Rate (2009) 13.7 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.3%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,155 Average wage per job $30,893
Median Household Income (2008) $33,699 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 1.0%
Poverty Rate (2008) 21.9 Average wage per job $29,854
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 66.9 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 3.0%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.2 Average wage per job $32,219

Address: P.O. Box 1683, Sylvania, GA 30467
Phone: (912) 829-5300
County: Screven County
Enrollment: 0 7-11

2. SCREVEN County
Enrollment: CROSSROADS
Address: 611 Pine St, Sylvania, GA 30467
Phone: (912) 564-5513
County: Screven County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. SCREVEN County
Address: 1333 Frontage Rd E, Sylvania, GA 30467
Phone: (912) 564-2081
County: Screven County
Enrollment: 1,217
Grades: PK-5

4. SCREVEN County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 110 Halcyondale Rd, Sylvania, GA 30467
Phone: (912) 564-7836
County: Screven County
Enrollment: 886
Grades: 9-12

5. SCREVEN County
Address: 126 Friendship Rd, Sylvania, GA 30467
Phone: (912) 564-7468
County: Screven County
Enrollment: 601
Grades: 6-8