Teachers Continue To Leave Haywood County

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While politicians fight over who has done more for public education, North Carolina teachers continue to leave the state for better opportunities. The Mountaineer has the story of Haywood County Schools, which in the last summer saw half as many teachers leave for other states as they did in the previous five years. From their article,

Teacher retention data collected by Human Resources Director Jason Heinz showed that 16 employees had left the Haywood’s school system to move to another state from 2009 up until March 2014. During Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Heinz explained that another seven teachers had relocated to another state just over the summer.

“So we’ve had half of what we’ve had in the past five years leave to teach in another state just this summer,” Heinz said. “Most of those went to Georgia. What they told me is the increase in base pay was about $10,000 — not counting local supplements or other contracts they might get in that school system.”

There are about 530 teachers in the Haywood County school system, with more certified personnel in comparison to classroom teachers.

Data showed that retirement was the biggest reason teachers have left over the last five years, with a total of 65 teachers retiring with full benefits — a typical number for retirements, Heinz said.

Another surprise was the data showing how many teachers chose to leave and relocate to another school system in North Carolina. To date, 42 teachers have relocated to another school since 2009, Heinz said.

“Usually the two school systems that teachers tend go to when they’re going to leave us is Buncombe and Henderson counties,” Heinz told the board. “It’s a close drive and the local supplement is significantly higher.”

Haywood County’s certified teacher supplement begins at about 2 percent and increases based on experience while Buncombe County’s supplement begins at about 6 percent and Henderson County’s supplement is about 7 percent.

Heinz said whenever teachers resign, they are asked to complete an anonymous exit survey online so that the school system can gather information about why they’re leaving.

Based on that information collected, Heinz said that in the past five years, a total of five teachers have resigned and listed that they were “dissatisfied with the teaching profession” as their reason for leaving.

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