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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — We’re just weeks away from the start of school and the Brunswick County school system is losing one of its top educators.

Richie Brown is leaving his post at South Brunswick High School for a job in the private sector, but says he is worried that more of his former colleagues may soon follow if there isn’t a change in the bottom line.

“I was about to be a seventh-year teacher, and I would be paid the same as I was as a second-year teacher,” said Richie Brown. “When you get into education you know you’re not going to become a millionaire. I wasn’t getting into this because of the money, but you still expect to be compensated fairly”

Brown and his wife Kristina, who is also a teacher, were trying to have another child and realized that it was going to be extremely difficult on them financially.

To be able to afford his expanding family Richie says he was forced to look for another job outside of education.

“I will definitely miss being able to teach those kids but one thing I’m looking forward to is being compensated fairly for one and having a chance to move up in the world,” said Brown. “I can actually go up in this company and get promotions every year and get raises every year.”

The Brunswick County Board of Education isn’t taking the loss of one of its top educators lightly.

“Some of our best and brightest teachers simply cannot afford to remain in the classroom,” said Charlie Miller, Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Education. “Many of the teachers leaving are those who since entering the profession are making the same salary they did 6-8 years ago. The loss of these teachers absolutely impacts the classroom. Serious consideration must be given as to how we can stop this epidemic.”

Brown says there is an easy solution to keep teachers from following his lead and that’s for school systems to pay more, but he knows that’s not possible without more support from the state and federal levels.

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denis
2016 years 2 months ago

I’m not sure i use the right words cause i’m not English speaker. I read you carefully but yours comparisons between different kind of government employee in not complete : you missed to mention skills. How many percent of the population if enough skilled to teach mathematics for instance ?
How long had those people been studying for knowing this matter ? Do you think this is worthless. If the case not matter to be worried, every body can do it. In france there is competition to be a teacher (with education level requirements), i suppose it’s the same in US.… Read more »

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Concerned citizen
2016 years 2 months ago

We clearly need good teachers and it is sad to hear of good teachers leaving the profession. That said, we need reform and accountability at the governmental, school, parental, and student level. Examples: We need reform of the tax code where ALL pay into the system and welfare reform where the government stops giving out money to able body Americans. We need to formally establish a year round position to account for teacher hours and then pay them a fair salary. Many do put in extra hours, there are also many who don’t. Teacher tenure needs… Read more »

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Guest123123
2016 years 2 months ago

What a great post!!

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Guest123123
2016 years 2 months ago

My grammar is good enough to earn me $100 per hhour inmy business. How much per hour does your fine education and proper grammar earn you.

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oldmanriver
2016 years 2 months ago

Seems to me Frank has a problem with the Koch brothers.
The last time I read about the Koch boys they were re-investing
90% of profits in existing/new ventures. How many (jobs) created
by their critics? Please get back to me when your corporate phone directory for business locations ( jobs ) rivals the Real yellow pages.
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