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Brunswick County dealing with 'mass exodus' of teachers

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Brunswick County Schools experienced a huge loss in teachers this past school year. More than 180 teachers left the district, and with the first day of school fast approaching, Brunswick County still has more than ten spots to fill.

According to the HR department lost an average of 10 teachers per month.

"We did lose 181 teachers," said HR Director Mark Pasier, who labeled it a mass exodus.

About a third of the teachers who left during the 2013-2014 school year were from elementary schools, and 40 percent were from high schools.

District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki says it's definitely been an issue.

"Our numbers this past year are slightly higher than they have historically," she said.

But she says Brunswick County is not alone.

"Teacher attrition rates in North Carolina, across the entire state, could be described as a mass exodus," Swencki said.

In the briefing the school board got Tuesday night on the issue, it was noted many of the teachers leaving were relatively new. Swencki says this is because they have not built deep roots, so it is not surprising for teachers to head to, say, South Carolina for a pay raise.

"They pay a different rate for their teachers so you can earn more money if you cross the state of North Carolina lines," Swencki said.

Brunswick county wants to focus on the teachers coming into the area rather than leaving. They currently have 12 empty spots to fill but Swencki says they are not rushing anything.

"We still have a very high standard," she said. "We want to make sure the teachers that are in those classrooms are the right fit.'

It may not take long to fill those jobs. Since this news broke last night, the district has already received an influx of applications from teachers looking for work.

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NC Education

...and the gall it takes Thom Tillis to run a campaign ad claiming what he's done for education in the state. A 7% raise for new teachers, paid for by moving money from other areas in the Education budget and eliminating longevity pay for veteran teachers. This is forcing local school districts to eliminate Teacher's Assistants and other vital jobs, increase class size, and lengthen bus routes just to name a few. Gee, thanks Thom.

re: NC Education

However the raises are funded...it's more than they received during the Easley and Perdue administrations...which were no raises.

And...

Just as I said, this is no raise either.

re: And...

While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, you're aren't entitled to "your" own facts. Fact is, teachers received a raise in pay. Where were all of the teachers howling about pay increases during the Easley and Perdue administrations? They were silent...because they were told to be quiet. Those who were vocal...were "invited" to leave the teaching profession.

Frankly, I am tired of teachers whining about how hard they work, how little they're paid, and how much they have to spend out of their own pocket. Until teachers look at their Central Office and demand some accountability about why so many non-functioning positions are funded there, they have no one to blame but themselves. In New Hanover County, how many teachers raised he!! about the story of the Superintendent's girlfriend making $70k/year for a position that pays about half that amount?

Boards of Education across this nation are one of the most bloated, bureaucratic, taxpayer-sucking machines ever invented. When a school system decides they need a few more administrative positions, a few new pickup trucks, or a few more computers for the central office, they simply include that funding request for the upcoming budget year...and they get it.

Take a look at how much unaccounted for inventory goes missing each year here in New Hanover County Schools. More than a few thousand dollars each year can't be found.

re:re: And...

For years Education has been the red headed step child in this state. Whenever a dime needs to be cut, that's where it's cut. My point is, you can't go on TV and boast about how you granted teachers a 7% raise when you simply rob the money from other areas of the Education budget to get it. You know who's definitely not getting a raise? The TA's, bus drivers and other essential staff who are being handed their walking papers due to reduced funding. You cannot go on TV and crow about how you gave teachers a 7% raise when the actual average raise, statewide is in the 2%-3% range. You cannot crow about how well you are treating new teachers, when it comes at the expense of veteran teachers' longevity pay. You cannot boast about your commitment to education when you threaten those same teachers with loss of tenure.

Instead, mention how you waive transparency laws for tax payer funded private "charter schools". Tout your self as champions of an unconstitutional "voucher" law that funneled money from public education to private schools. Brag about how your declining funds for school transportation have forced local governments to dig deeper into county budgets to get the kids to and from school. Mention how your solution to shrinking education budgets is pouring millions more in advertising dollars to the company that runs the state lottery. In other words, either tell the truth or shut your stinking pie-hole.

Right you are Taxpayer

and during Smiley's run for office, the NCEA donated $2 million in total to her campaigns.

But, you don't hear a peep about that.

Your Point, Tom????

...And two years into "Smiley's" term, the legislature was taken over by a bunch of "Dopey's" who proceeded to further decimate our Public School budget by instituting a "voucher" system to transfer public school money to private schools (just ruled unconstitutional today), and relaxing the rules so their cronies could more easily open for-profit Charter Schools. As long as Repubicans continue their war on Public Schools, the NCEA will wisely continue to donate to Democratic candidates.

Obviously

my point is that despite $2 million in campaign contributions, she could not come through for the teachers.

I recall she was going to spend $20 milliom for palm pilots; but not 1 cent for improving teacher compensation.