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School Board member asks colleagues if they've failed students

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County School Board member recently raised his concerns with his board in a unique way.

Yesterday Dr. Derrick Hickey asked the school board if they think they have failed the students of New Hanover County. Hickey says this was part of a spirited debate that started over a one-percent increase in teacher bonuses.

Hickey was one of two board members who disapproved of reinstating a $23 a month teacher bonus. He felt the money could have been used to save teacher positions at a time when money is tight.

"We're talking about $23 a month from a bonus that would have allowed the teachers to keep 20 of their colleagues employed in the classroom teaching students," Hickey said. "A win-win for everybody."

Hickey says he thinks the board should reassess what is important, like the children in the county school system.

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