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School officials fret new 25% law could affect teacher morale

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The law states that by June 30 of this year, all school districts across the state must identify the top 25 percent of its teachers for a raise and contract extension. The law states that by June 30 of this year, all school districts across the state must identify the top 25 percent of its teachers for a raise and contract extension.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County School Board members have come up with a selection process plan of how to handle the state's new 25 percent law for teacher pay.

The General Assembly approved the new plan last year. The law states that by June 30 of this year, all school districts across the state must identify the top 25 percent of its teachers for a raise and contract extension. 

Teachers who are listed as part of the top 25 percent will be eligible for a four-year contract and a $500 annual raise in each year of that contract.  

Teachers chosen must decide to accept or decline the new contract. However, teachers who accept, must voluntarily give up their tenure.

On Tuesday night, school leaders unanimously voted on a selection process of how to identify the top 25 percent.

The Brunswick County School Board decided their selection process will be based on the past three years of work. Additionally, for a teacher to be chosen, each standard of education for teachers being considered must be at a "proficient" level or higher.

The distribution of extended contracts will be aligned with the teachers assigned in elementary, middle, high, and specialty areas.

Discipline, professionalism, community relations, attendance, and other considerations will be evaluated before selection.

Brunswick County Schools' Human Resources Executive Director Mark Pasier says this decision will have lasting impacts on all the teachers in our area.

"We're not talking about just that top 25 percent," said Pasier. "This affects 100 percent if the teachers in our district. It affects morality and could divide our employees into two separate groups and sometimes that can create unhealthy working environments."

Teachers and principals from various county schools spoke out at Tuesday's school board meeting; citing the loss of tenure and the new pay rate being divisive as reasons why they are concerned about the changes.

Starting this month, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden will share the plan with county principals and teachers.

The first group of teachers to receive the contract extension and pay raises will be chosen in June of this year.

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