New Hanover Co. School Board budget committee seeks millions from county

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Submitted: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 4:36am
Updated: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:12pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Earlier this month Governor Pat McCrory said he wanted to increase pay for young teacher, and now the New Hanover County School Board could ask for millions in funding to make that possible.

“What it comes down to with the amount of time we put in is not equitable with the amount of pay that we earn,” said teacher Chris Meek.

With North Carolina teachers ranking 48th in pay Governor McCrory recently asked the general assembly to mandate a minimum annual salary of $33,000 next year for teachers with less than seven years of experience.

To prepare for that demand, a budget committee is proposing that the New Hanover County School Board ask the County Commission for close to $4.5 million more than they received last year.

“Teachers control the future more than anybody else,” said New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White. “It’s imperative that we pay them more than anybody else and it’s imperative that we pay them as much as we can afford.”

The district’s current proposal budgets for McCrory’s plan to be approved, and all New Hanover County teachers with more than seven years’ experience to receive a local supplement increase.

“Every county has teacher supplements, so our county would be adding on to that, and increasing our supplement,” said White. “We’re 34th in the state and we need to get that supplement high so we can retain and recruit the very best in North Carolina so that our kids can have the very best education that we can afford them.”

While New Hanover County teachers welcome the raise some question whether the school board is going about it the right way.

“When there asking the county to pick up the state’s responsibility it’s unfair to the county,” said Meek. “While it is a welcome increase for teachers in the county there are other employees in the county who have not received raises.”

A New Hanover County school’s spokeswoman says the board has a number of other options on the table if the general assembly doesn’t approve McCrory’s plan, or if the county can’t fund the full $4.5 million.


  • Guest000000 says:

    is used for capital improvements such as remodeling and repairing existing schools and construction of new schools.

  • A teacher says:

    I can’t stand those lottery commercials where they mislead you into thinking it’s going towards education. Technically it is, but not the way you think. Say the education budget is $100. The lottery makes $50. $50 of the education budget goes towards a general fund to be spent on whatever they want and the education budget stays at $100. It’s nothing but a loophole for the state to make money from gambling.

    The money that used to be spent on education is being spent elsewhere and simply being replaced by money from the education lottery.

  • Thomas Riggins says:

    Where is all the “mega million” from the wonderful lottery going ?

  • Guest000000 says:

    Although you did forget to mention how much better she claims that education was “back in her day”.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    You sound awfully disgruntled. Do you need professional help?
    Maybe you should quick and go work for a private school.

  • Guest000000 says:

    Maybe you should “quick” and go work for a private school? Huh, our educational system obviously did fail you. I have yet to see an intelligent post by you on this site.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The issues I have with public schools extends beyond what my experience has been through my children. The entire system is a failure and if you can’t see that then you need to get your head out of the sand. And if a teacher needs more pay to do a better job, then they are in teaching for the wrong reason.

    Teachers make more than police officers and what police officers face is a whole lot worse than any teacher in the comfort and safety of their classroom. I don’t hear the police officers complaining about their pay, whining for more money or implying that they need more money in order to do a better job.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I can’t see how you can deny that public school education was better twenty years ago than it is today. You would have to be awfully blind not to see it.

  • Guest000000 says:

    There is absolutely no evidence to support your claim that education was better twenty years ago. In fact, there are test scores that prove just the opposite. Again, this all comes down to your few negative experiences with a few teachers that you’ve magnified over the years. You also seem to be a little peeved that Brunswick County Schools wisely stood up to a couple book Nazis and refused to remove The Color Purple from the curriculum. You’re inconvenienced by the staggered start schedule which saves the county at least 1/2 a million dollars per year, something I would think you’d be all for. I’m sure you have numerous other trivial complaints, which would explain why the superintendent has stopped returning your myriad of phone calls. You are proof that no matter what is done, there’s no way to make everyone happy. Your philosophy that if teachers don’t like the pay they should find other employment can be equally applied to you as well. Don’t like the education system here then you should pony up for a private school or move somewhere else. After all, if it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the miserable, busybody gander as well.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The only reason that test scores would be higher now is that the entire school year has been turned into one big test prep class. The quality of education was higher twenty years ago than it is now.

    Books like “The Color Purple” is a symptom of the decline. Instead of good, quality literature, they dumb down the types of books that they have the kids to read. It’s not a matter of being book Nazis, it’s a matter of showing prudence in what makes a better learning experience for the students. By your standards, should we allow “Mein Kempf”, or maybe the Satanic Bible? Maybe we could even throw in David Duke’s autobiography in there for good measure.

    I don’t object to the staggered school schedule because it affects me. My daughter is in middle school and on the same schedule as she has always had. My objection is to the elementary students getting home so late. A few weeks ago I was behind a bus letting off a little kid at 6:30pm. That is ridiculous. There are ways that the schools can make room in the budgets that don’t adversely affect the students.

    I have never had any trivial complaints. I have never called the superintendent’s office. My husband did on one matter and Pruden couldn’t be bothered.

    There is a difference in choosing education than there is in seeking alternative employment. With the school situation, you just can’t uproot your whole family just to move to another school district. If I had the money to send my child to a private school, then neither of them would have ever stepped foot into a public school. The rent and the food comes before shelling out money I don’t have in order to send them to a private school. But I’m not asking for more money to accommodate my child. I’m not asking for someone else to have to pay more in taxes to make it possible for me to send my child to a private school. I am not asking for anyone to give my child better than what everyone else in the system has. And regardless of my choice of education for my child, I still have a voice and I still have a right to my opinion. The difference being is that my opinion isn’t emptying anyone’s wallets in order to throw more money at the problem.

  • A teacher says:

    If you believe the system is a failure why not offer some possible solutions? You bring nothing of value to the conversation.

    I’m not even wasting my time on your latest straw man argument about police officers…

  • level headed says:

    Why did he not vote this way last budget cycle? Running for office :) Let’s see what he cuts from the county budget to get teacher votes. Will he do the same media message for county employees?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    speaks like a candidate for higher office.

    Now answer the tough question. Which programs get cut to fund the proposal?

  • Vog46 says:

    Its OK to tax and spend?


  • A teacher says:

    If you aren’t going to add anything new or constructive to the conversation why post anything at all?

    In another story you wrote exactly the same thing you have written over and over again. We get it. You went to a private school growing up. Well this isn’t about private schools, this is about public schools. You tried to compare your private school classroom to today’s public school classroom. You have had an issue with all but a few of your children’s teachers. The bone you have to pick with NC teachers is not based on anything other than your own personal issues with your child’s teachers.

    Let me ask you something about your private school classroom. What was your class size? How many EC children were in your room? How many classmates had parent’s in jail? How many came to school wearing the same unwashed clothes they wore the day before? How many non-english speaking students did you have in your class?

    You sound completely out of touch with the reality of what teacher’s in PUBLIC schools face each day.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Here we again.

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