Former superintendent Dr. John Kinlaw retired effective June 30, 2010. Dr. Janet Mason now serves as Superintendent.
They currently have an enrollment of approximately 9,500 students.
The district operates the following schools:
- Cliffside Elementary School
- Chase Middle School
- Chase High School
- East Rutherford High School
- East Rutherford Middle School
- Ellenboro Elementary School
- Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School
- Forrest W. Hunt Elementary School
- Harris Elementary School
- Mount Vernon-Ruth Elementary School
- Pinnacle Elementary School
- REaCH (Rutherford Early College High)
- R-S Central High School
- R-S Middle School
- Rutherford Opportunity Center
- Rutherfordton Elementary School
- Spindale Elementary School
- Sunshine Elementary School
The Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose of enriching the education of Rutherford County Schools' students, teachers, and the community. Specifically, the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation is committed to providing laptop computers for every Rutherford County Schools student in grades 6-12.
- "Mason named Superintendent of Rutherford County Schools". Rutherford County Schools. Rutherford County Schools. February 16, 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.