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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- Surry County has the
best teacher retention rate in North Carolina. Last year only 41 teachers left.
That's compared to the state's average of more than 14 percent.
But their loyalty-- isn't costing taxpayers any
more money than other counties. In Surry County a teacher with a decade of
experience would make $36,958. Compared to the statewide average of $39,278.
2 Wants To Know went to Surry County to find out
what is their low-cost secret for retaining teachers and what's the lesson
other counties can learn from them.
Surry County Schools use a lot of the same
retention tactics as other districts like teacher support groups. So
all about relationships when you really take all of the other pieces out,"
Superintendent Travis Reeves said.
He encourages teachers to live in their school
zones - on the same streets as their students.
feel so connected to the students and the community and the parents. We are
like a family as cliche as it sounds," said Mrs. Martin, a 14-year Surry
We took that "live where you work" idea to the state's Department of Public Instruction. They track retention.
The woman who
puts the annual report together says Surry County might be on to something. She
wants to research if this tatic could work elsewhere.