Survey shows teachers not satisfied at Roland-Grise


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re taking a closer look into the New Hanover County teacher survey results. As we told you earlier this week, Ashley High School’s numbers have caused community concern. The numbers show other schools have seen a steep drop in teacher satisfaction too.

In 2014 Roland-Grise was hitting all the high marks on the teacher satisfaction surveys but in 2015 things have changed.

For example, last year when teachers were asked whether overall my school is a good place to work and learn it scored 87 percent. This year that number dropped to 43.4 percent.

When asked whether there is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in this school, 71.4 percent said yes in 2014. This year that number is down sharply to 17.4 percent.

The survey also asked whether leadership makes a sustained effort to address teacher concerns about new teacher support 87.5 percent agreed last year. That number down to 28.3 percent this year.

The biggest change at the school has been with the school’s leadership. William Hatch, the former principal at Roland-Grise was moved last school year to be principal at Johnson Pre-k. The principal brought in to Roland-Grise was Sherry Pinto, a former principal at Holly Shelter.

New principals can have an impact on the survey numbers but of the 4 schools that have new principals this year, looking at their scores just in the “overall my school is a good place to work and learn,” question, Roland-Grise had the biggest drop down 47 percent from 2014.

We asked pinto for comment on the numbers but she declined our request for an interview but teachers clearly have concerns.

When asked whether the school makes a sustained effort to address concerns about leadership 80.8 percent agreed last year. That number is down to 21.7 percent this year. When asked whether the faculty and staff have a shared vision, 75.5 percent said yes in 2014. That number is down to 26.1 percent in 2015.

New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley cautions that these scores are just one look at a schools overall performance.

“When viewing the survey results from the schools, it is imperative that viewers keep in mind that this is just one piece of data about each school. Additionally, what is happening at the state level is also reflected in teacher responses,” Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said in a statement. “Feedback from this survey will continue to help guide efforts to strengthen teaching and learning conditions in our schools.”

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