Superintendent Sit-Down: Brunswick County Schools

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb stopped by Good Morning Carolina on Thursday to talk local issues in the school district.

Yesterday, New Hanover County Schools announced they would close school next Wednesday because of thousands of teachers planning to go to Raleigh to protest. Viewers wanted to know if Brunswick County would support their educators and close school for the day.

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Tubb said as of 4:30 p.m. last night, there were 145 teachers who requested off. He said the district plans to look at the numbers today and make a decision on how to address it today or tomorrow.

“Presently, we have enough substitutes to cover our classes,” Tubb said. “We want to support the teachers, but in turn, what’s happening in the classroom is important also”.

Tubb also addressed the growth in Brunswick County and how the school system is dealing with it. He said a $152 million bond is helping with the construction of a new middle school just south of Winnabow, adding classrooms and upgrading facilities. Tubb also said the plans could change with the rate of growth. He explained that Brunswick County’s 156 buses travel 15,000 miles per day, so additionally, the school system is looking at transportation, facilities and security.

When asked about if Brunswick County Schools is looking into a social media survey software, Tubb said they have seen two or three but have not yet found the appropriate one. Officials want one that will track and listen to people who call in and monitor exactly what is happening. An option currently in consideration is “Say Something,” which offers a person for individuals to talk to, especially in instances where students are considering suicide.

This was the first of six Superintendent Sit-Downs we have planned for Good Morning Carolina.

Bladen Co. Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. Pender Co. Schools Superintendent Steven Hill is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. New Hanover Co. Schools Superintendent Tim Markley is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.

We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com.