Eighty-three teachers left the Alamance-Burlington School System to teach in another district this year, and Superintendent Bill Harrison doesn’t need three guesses to figure out what those districts are.

Dawn Madren, executive director of human resources for ABSS, presented four years of data on teacher turnover to the Board of Education at its work session Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The rate of turnover, which rose from 12.1 percent to 14.59 percent this year, is separated into five categories: dismissed, retired, contract/license-related, personal, and teaching-related.

Here’s how the numbers broke down:

Dismissal: Four teachers resigned in lieu of dismissal, and another four resigned in lieu of their contracts not being renewed.

Retired: Fourteen teachers retired with full benefits, and 10 retired with reduced benefits.

Contract/license-related: Three teachers did not obtain or maintain licenses, and two teachers completed their interim contracts without being rehired.

Personal: Four teachers resigned because of health or disability, 13 resigned because of career changes, 20 resigned because of family relocations, four resigned because of family responsibilities or child care, and three resigned for education-related reasons or to take sabbaticals.

Teaching-related: Thirteen teachers moved to nonteaching positions in ABSS, four teachers moved to nonteaching positions in another district, 10 resigned to teach in North Carolina charter schools, one resigned to teach in a North Carolina private school, 18 resigned to teach in other states, four resigned because it was the end of their Visiting International Faculty terms, and 83 teachers resigned to teach in other North Carolina public school systems.

“That’s the one that concerns me the most here,” Harrison said.

Last year, both the state and county turnover rate dropped to a surprising low: the state at 9.04 percent, and the county at 12.10, after two years at 14 and 15 percent respectively.

Within that, the number of teachers who left ABSS to teach in another North Carolina public school system had dropped to 51 from 76 in 2014–2015, and things were looking up.

Harrison attributes this year’s sharp increase to the amount of “noise” there was in 2016–2017 about teacher supplements being cut to half a percent and then upped to 1 percent as a compromise.

When asked what districts the teachers are leaving for, Harrison replied, “I bet Durham, Orange and Guilford are probably 50 percent of them” because they would be able to stay in Alamance and commute, but Madren didn’t have specific data on that during the meeting.

Board members requested more information so they can revisit the conversation in the future.

 

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