Brunswick, New Hanover counties see increase in teacher turnover


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As one school years ends, teacher turnover means more summer homework for administrators.

“It’s a myriad of reasons that teacher turnover occurs in our district and our state, so again, it’s a moving target,” said Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Jerry Oates.

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He added that retirement, relocation, and other factors contribute to turnover. The district’s turnover increased by two percent during the past year with an almost 17% turnover rate.

“This year, compared to last year, with a 23% increase in retirements, that speaks volumes as to why our rate increased this year,” Oates said.

New Hanover County’s turnover rate was around 12%. Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday said the board is looking for solutions for the schools where turnover continues to increase. Those schools include Freeman Elementary, Holly Tree elementary, and Noble Middle. On the flip side, there were five schools in New Hanover County that had no turnover.

“Our superintendent has talked to the principals about making sure that when people come into our school district for the first time, they have to remain at a particular school,” Holliday said.

Oates said Brunswick County is focusing on young teachers.
“We have a robust BT, Beginning Teacher Program, that we do to encourage and equip our young teachers to stay in the profession, so we’re hoping that we’ll have some good gains and good returns on that,” he said.

Educators said statewide teacher turnover has not yet been released.