teachers in the county will be offered multi-year contracts and pay raises in
place of tenure starting June 2014.
The New Hanover
County Board of Education unanimously approved the contested 25 percent
selection process during an April 1 meeting. Vice-Chair Jeannette Nichols noted
it was approved with hesitation.
Part of the
Excellent Public Schools Act passed in 2013, the General Assembly voted to
eliminate teacher tenure by 2018 and transition to contracts with the 25
percent selection process.
selected according to evaluations from the 2012–2013 school year and
performance for the 2013–2014 year as noted by principals. Teachers who have
not taught for three consecutive years will not be considered.
The top 25
percent will be offered a $500 per year pay raise and a four-year contract. In
exchange they will surrender tenure.
reject the offer but all teachers will be stripped of tenure by June 2018.
Local educators have criticized the law for its potential to divide instead of
an Ogden Elementary School teacher, spoke against the law during the meeting.
“Many of us
believe that dividing teachers will destroy team collaboration and planning in
our schools,” Herstine said.
The school board
approved a resolution in Dec. 2013 that requested the General Assembly repeal
The school board also approved
a one-year extension to the county’s lease with Wrightsville Beach Baptist
Wrightsville Beach School will continue to attend classes at the church through
The lease included
an option for extension into the 2014–2015 school year if necessary.
been held at the church since the 2012–2013 school year. The school board
weighed other options in 2013 for handling overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach
School, including an unpopular suggestion to move some students from the Airlie
Road area to Bradley Creek Elementary.
The extension through 2015 was approved as a stopgap measure while long-term solutions are