Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

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WCPS To Close For Students On May 16

Due to the high number of expected teacher absences, Wayne County Public Schools will be CLOSED for students on Wednesday, May 16. The day will be a teacher workday for staff.

WCPS Superintendent, Dr. Michael Dunsmore, released the following statement regarding the closure:

In advance of the May 16 “March for Teachers and Rally for Respect” event in Raleigh, our human resources department spent the past several days closely monitoring local leave requests. As of Thursday morning, we had surpassed three hundred leave requests from teachers and classified employees, with that number continuing to climb by the hour. Recognizing that not every substitute teacher in our pool will be available on May 16, along with the fact that many support staff will also be absent to show their support, we simply cannot bring students to school without having adequate staff in place to ensure student safety and supervision.

We recognize that anytime there is a school closure, there are a number of issues that arise for parents and the community. We hope that the citizens of Wayne County understand that this decision was not reached lightly. Yesterday afternoon, I did share my plan for closing with individual Board of Education members. While all Board members are in support of teachers, one Board member was not in favor of the closure or the rally scheduled on a school day which is causing teachers and staff to miss work.

Wayne County Public Schools supports its teachers, and strives to have the best and the brightest at the head of each classroom. While this closure will cost the district a day of valuable instructional time, I believe those teachers and staff members who requested leave have weighed these costs against the potential outcomes they hope to achieve for all North Carolina public schools by standing in solidarity with their colleagues from across the state on May 16.

34 Comments

  1. Just Thinking says:

    Some people really just demean and undervalue dedicated teachers who make a difference everyday in the lives of children. These uninformed comments downing teachers is part of the problem of the disrespect they experience in the classroom because some don’t value their efforts or understand the sacrifices they make day in and day out.

    People don’t mind when:
    Teachers work two or three jobs to make ends meet.
    Teachers spend their own money for supplies, materials and rewards.
    Teachers work long hours grading papers & completing additional duties beyond the normal school day (which actually lowers the rate of overall pay).

    Teachers do their jobs because of the love for the children & making a difference. Keep the political agendas out of this because that is a lame excuse to blame the teachers for issues they have nothing to do with.

    Unless you’ve walked in a teacher’s shoes you wouldn’t understand the demands of the job. Every teacher isn’t perfect but they are committed so why can’t North Carolina show that in return with better teacher pay.

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    • Jesus says:

      Maybe you should walk in someone else’s shoes.
      We all have issues.

      Becoming a teacher was not a split second decision.

      At no point and time were the compensation packages a secret.

      You made the decision to become an educator, knowing full well exactly what your pay and benefits were going to be.

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    • Adamrothman says:

      Yes they need more money for spreading their social marxist agenda. No thanks

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  2. Hahaha says:

    Anyone who keeps commenting on the “3 month holiday” needs to educate themselves!! Because you are clearly clueless to the hours that teachers work. smh…. THIS is why they protest!!! The ignorance shown in these comments, is astounding. And we wonder why are kids are so messed up, one only needs to look at their uneducated parents :/

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    • Dr. Phil says:

      Ignorance? (are vs our) Better check yourself, bless your heart.

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    • Not so fast says:

      You are the one who needs to be educated or at least do your homework, There is no profession in the private sector where you get 3 months off. The long hours teachers work are no more than what many other put in who do not get the 3 months off or the other benefits that teachers get like multiple days off during the year, accumulation of PAID sick time, retirement plan and pension. Name 1 job in the private sector where you can get all these benefits. Teachers deserve better pay no doubt, but not at the expense of those who work more hours and don’t get their benefits and because of the protest have to take unplanned time off work.

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    • Adamrothman says:

      Please educate us. Do they get at least two months off for summer? Do they get almost two weeks off for Christmas? Do they get a week off for spring break? Do they get every single holiday off?

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      • Waynecountynative says:

        I think the concern is the general lack of understanding of how that “summer vacation” actually works. Far too many are under the impression that teachers get paid during the summer to stay home. They do not. That is time that they are essentially unemployed but barred by law from drawing unemployment benefits. Likewise, those Christmas and Easter “breaks” are not weeks of paid holidays, they are times when school employees are forced to take their earned vacation time. Many professional jobs have similar benefits without the low pay that education professionals endure.

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        • Adamrothman says:

          I was under the impression they were paid monthly and they have a choice to be paid 12 months or paid with a higher amount in only the months school are in. I am not a teacher but have friends that are and this is how it was explained to me. I dont think teachers are under appreciated however it seems they are constantly conplaining and most have a woe is me attitude that you dont find in any other profession. They are educated and can join the professional workforce, but much more would be expected of them. Yes they make a lower amount but have a guaranteed pension that is almost nonexistant outside of the government.

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          • Waynecountynative says:

            Once again your comments show the common misinformation spread about teaching. For starters, educators are already part of “the professional workforce”. They undergo specialized education to prepare them for their profession. As for the pay, some teachers do choose to have their pay spread out over 12 months. That is not the same as being paid for “summer vacation”. It is still only 10 months of pay and 2 months of unemployment. As for the pension, most professions offer retirement programs. While the current guaranteed benefit pension enjoyed by veteran teachers may seem generous, it was pretty common in the former economy before greedy business leaders shifted the system to benefit the management. The legislature is also in the process of studying a shift to a defined contribution plan for all state employees. A little informative discussion can go a long way toward understanding things and possibly even solving problems.

          • Adamrothman says:

            By professional workforce I was just refering to your statement “many professional jobs have similar benefits”. While I agree that teachers are professionals, the position offers no advancement without continued education. I am sure their are incremental raises there is a ceiling. Most will agree that in public school there are great teachers and horrible teachers but for some reason they are evenly compensated. When the government controls something what do you expect. Thats right they should tax more .

  3. Opiner says:

    The average teacher salary is presently $51,214. And that’s for 9 months of work. Extrapolated to 12 months, that’s the equivalent of a $68,285 job. And the benefits are excellent. All this with homework grading non-existent these days.
    What our children need is homework and longer school years. In the current world competition our children are falling more and more behind every year. Why we still have a 3 month vacation from school these days is something that needs fixing.
    If we had longer school years, I would have no problem with increasing teacher pay. The way it is now – NO WAY!

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    • Waynecountynative says:

      Those numbers need a bit of scrutiny. The average state supported teacher salary is closer to $47,000. Local supplements falsely inflate that “average” with districts like Wake, Orange, and Chapel Hill kicking in thousands to siphon the best teachers to their districts. I personally believe that smaller and poorer districts deserve quality teachers for their children too. The problem with the whole debate is that it’s franed incorrectly. People argue over whether paying teachers more will make them better teachers. This is a supply and demand issue. The better the pay, the better quality candidates you attract to start with. I can’t figure out how people who get that concept when it come to corporate CEOs and doctors can’t seem to understand it applies the same to teachers. It’s pretty simple economics.

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  4. DC says:

    Why can’t the teachers hold this rally during their upcoming 3 month holiday?

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    • gettin' tired says:

      I agree. The teachers do need to be heard though. What happened to the lottery money helping schools out? Where is all that money going for ?

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    • Jesus says:

      Nope, can’t mess with teachers precious three months off.

      Give us a break. It took me 15 years to get four weeks off.

      No sympathy here. You laid your bed….sleep in it.

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  5. B says:

    Roy Cooper couldn’t even do his previous job right…. and people voted him Governor.

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  6. no way says:

    It is very sad that it comes down to closing schools so that teacher’s can be heard. They should be paid more and respected indeed go teachers!!!

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  7. Really! says:

    If you don’t think the Legislature will listen now what is the point of rallying in the summer. And the general consensus is that EDUCATION FUNDING is being gutted. WE need to spend more on education. And if this does not get the attention of lawmakers then maybe it will get the attention of the voters. More money must be spent on our children’s future. And please stop whining about the burden placed on parents. This is no different than any other Teacher Workday and we lost a few of those due to snow days and people complained about that. So suck it up, treat it like a snow day with a week in advance notice and support our teachers.

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  8. EAGLE EYE says:

    Wow, another appalling liberal parade under the disguise of a teacher rally. There are a lot of people in this country that want a raise but they don’t go to this extreme. It just reminds people of the anti-gun rally a few months ago which was another organized liberal event. Home school your children if you can I promise you they will get a better and more wholesome education. Kids are not as educated as they used to be. Lets keep the politics out of our schools shall we.

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    • Checkum says:

      It is always them against us. Liberals vs conservatives, blacks vs whites, guys vs gals, Ford vs Chevy. Perhaps you may consider looking up the party status of the teachers…you are likely to find that the majority of the teachers in our county are conservatives. When it comes to some issues, especially pay and funding…many people tend not care about the political teams and ideas that do not align with their interest.

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  9. JMHO says:

    I absolutely understand that we need to pay our teachers more, but wouldn’t it be better for the kids if they rallied after the end of the school year?

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    • Checkum says:

      Often the purpose of a rally is generally to draw maximum attention to the cause…shutdown school vs during summer break? I think the educators feel this move is in the best long term interest of students.

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    • Waynecountynative says:

      Except that the General Assembly’s short session will be all but over by the time traditional schools close for the summer. It won’t hurt parents to spend a day with their kids. Perhaps they can take them to Raleigh and give a good lesson on our political system at work.

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      • JMHO says:

        That makes sense. I don’t have kids in the system anymore (all grown up). I think taking off and taking the kid(s) to work would be better than any classroom lesson.

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  10. Gary Darden says:

    The school system seems not to consider the burden that closing schools put on working parents.I am not against teachers getting better pay. In fact, I am the parent and husband of school teachers.Rallying in Raleigh will not sway the General Assembly will have now. Going to the polls in November will.

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    • JMHO says:

      Absolutely agree!

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    • Checkum says:

      It is all about the parents, isn’t it??? Hmmm.

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      • JMHO says:

        Not trying to start an argument, but many parents can’t take off to stay home with their kids. I work with a single mother of two that simply can’t take off that day and she has concerns regarding who is going to keep her kids. So, yeah, it kind of is about the parents; those with jobs are trying to provide a better life for their kids than if they didn’t have jobs. I can see it from both sides, but having been a single mom once upon a time, it does make things difficult when unexpected closures come up.

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        • Checkum says:

          I understand the concern. Whatever plan the parent has in place for a snow day that is likely less notice than this closure should be used. I could imagine that single parent life is very difficult. Teaching is difficult. Both teachers and parents have to endure inconveniences. It looks like this time it is on some parents.

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