David Robinson

PO Box 941, Supply NC 28462 · (910) 612-0557 - dmrobinson@atmc.net

David is a lifelong resident of Brunswick County having lived in the Boones Neck Community near Holden Beach his entire life. His family roots can be traced as far back as the late 1700s to the same small Community. David and his older brother were raised by their parents, Donald and Cathy Robinson, both who worked very hard to raise now successful adults.

David attended Brunswick County Public Schools grades Kindergarten through the 12th grade, graduating from West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. He went on and attended Brunswick Community College in Supply for Post Secondary Education and has also completed training at various other Community Colleges throughout North Carolina.

With a passion to serve his community, David has spent the last 30 years in the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, having served both in a volunteer and career capacity. Additionally, David has been self-employed in the family business for more than 30 years and is a part-time adjunct Instructor with Brunswick Community College.

When David is not serving the Community or working at the family Business, he can be found in the Shallotte or Lockwood Folly River fishing, something his father taught him to do. David also spends a lot of time with his mother and other family members traveling in the Great Smoky Mountains or going to local yard sales and thrift stores.

David has great appreciation for Brunswick County and everything it has to offer. He genuinely loves the people of our County and has lived his life to improve the lives of others.

Priorities and Issues

Bullying

Bullying is one of David’s major concerns within the School System. Bullying isn’t just occurring on a student level, but adults are engaged as well. In a recent essay conducted at a Brunswick County Elementary School, 90% of the students participating indicated they were more concerned about bullying than drugs. The following national statistics are alarming as well:

  • The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, nationwide, about 20% of student’s ages 12-18 experienced bullying.
  • The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 19% of students in grades 9–12 report being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.
  • Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys
  • 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.3
  • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.3
  • When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.15
  • The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.
  • The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that an estimated 14.9% of high school students were electronically bullied in the 12 months prior to the survey.
  • In one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.
  • Defining "frequent" involvement in bullying as occurring two or more times within the past month, 40.6% of students reported some type of frequent involvement in bullying, with 23.2% being the youth frequently bullied, 8.0% being the youth who frequently bullied others, and 9.4% playing both roles frequently.3
  • The most common types of bullying are verbal and social. Physical bullying happens less often. Cyberbullying happens the least frequently.
  • According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced these various types of bullying: name calling (44.2 %); teasing (43.3 %); spreading rumors or lies (36.3%); pushing or shoving (32.4%); hitting, slapping, or kicking (29.2%); leaving out (28.5%); threatening (27.4%); stealing belongings (27.3%); sexual comments or gestures (23.7%); e-mail or blogging (9.9%).3
  • Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. Bullying also happens wherever kids gather in the community. And of course, cyberbullying occurs on cell phones and online.
  • According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced bullying in these various places at school: classroom (29.3%); hallway or lockers (29.0%); cafeteria (23.4%); gym or PE class (19.5%); bathroom (12.2%); playground or recess (6.2%).
  • Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.

Many believe that there are laws, policies, and procedures in place to address the bullying, but these are clearly not effective. David knows exactly what it feels like to be bullied; he was bullied in school at times. To this day, he can recall the “Who, What, When and Where” of the bullying incidents. David has talked with many parents who have reaffirmed that bullying does indeed remain alive and well in the schools, and it does not appear anything is being done to aggressively combat this behavior. We know just by watching the news what kind of negative effects that bullying has both psychologically and physically to students and even adults. Also, it should be reiterated that this isn’t just a child issue but an adult issue as well, and this trend is very alarming. We must step up our game and face this problem head on to make our schools and society a safer place to live and learn.

School Safety

School Safety in some ways often overlaps with the bullying problem. There have been many cases where bullying has led students to do bad things, which affects both themselves and others. As a School System we must ensure that resources are made available to students who are identified as potential threats to other students and/or staff and intervene in a timely manner with appropriate corrective action before bad things can happen. Obviously this isn’t as easy as it sounds, but school leaders have a sworn obligation to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone under the roofs of the schools.

Additionally, the School System must continue to build a strong relationship with our Law Enforcement partners based on open communication, education, and up to date training to ensure that both students and staff have a safe place to work and learn.

With regard to arming School Staff with weapons (guns), David Robinson totally disagrees. He, more than anyone, realizes how times are steadily changing, and things are much different than they used to be. However, the fundamental purpose of teachers is to educate our students with the necessary skills and abilities to become productive and functional members of our society.

David holds that teachers need the ability to TEACH, and PARENTS should have the ability to PARENT. The school system should not exercise excessive interference with parents’ rights to discipline their children unless there is an obvious circumstance in which intervention by the school is deemed necessary, based upon specific established rules, regulations and policies. As a School Board, we should provide resources within the schools for teachers to refer their students to in order to avoid loss of valuable educational time for other students. If this means hiring additional Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, etc., then we need to consider doing that. If we need additional safety intervention, we need to work with the Sheriff to add additional Resource Officers. It is OUR OBLIGATION as a SCHOOL BOARD to ensure the safety, health and welfare of students and not overload our teachers with additional responsibilities beyond teaching. Teachers have enough to do for they pay they receive.

Staff Pay

Pay is a big issue and always has been. David has taken a look at the myriad of pay ranges of a multitude of positions within the Brunswick County School System. He also understands that State Government plays a large role in determining salaries, not necessarily the School Board itself.

David believes we need to look at everyone’s salary from the bottom on up, as it takes every single employee to make the School System function on a day to day basis. This includes teachers, teacher aides, substitutes, support staff, nutrition staff, bus staff, and custodial staff, among others. All staff must know that the School Board stands with them in making sure we are doing everything possible to make sure that pay is competitive, and that merit raises are made available. Recent cost of living adjustments should also be available, and all of these tools should be utilized for the staff to meet workplace goals and objectives.

It is well within the ability of the School Board to rally State Legislators to appropriately fund schools and get teacher pay above that of other states, especially our neighbors in South Carolina. Too many teachers are leaving Brunswick County and going elsewhere. If it takes beating on doors in Raleigh, the Board needs to do it, because that is part of the job of the Board of Education.

Curriculum

This is a subject matter that continues to be a problem not only in Brunswick County but across the United States. A lot has changed since the “No Child Left Behind Act” till now with the “Every Student Succeeds Act”. I think it is good that “The ESSA” restores to each state control over their own academic standards. Meaning states may choose what academic standards to adopt or develop that are aligned with college entrance requirements and other relevant state career and technical education standards. Six states initially adopted the Common Core State Standards, although implementation has not been uniform. At least twelve states have introduced legislation to repeal the standards outright, [1] and four have since withdrawn from the standards entirely. Among the territories of the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the American Samoa Islands have all adopted the standards, while Puerto Rico has not adopted them.

Although some outlets report that North Carolina has nixed Common Core, it is David’s understanding that this is not the case. North Carolina has instead only done a series of “reformattings”…”changing the color of the lipstick”, if you will. Common Core has proven to be nothing more than a disaster for everyone across the United States, as well as here in Brunswick County. As a School Board we must remain in touch with our teachers and curriculum staff in order to understand the best practices to employ and to take our message to the legislature.

There are many other areas that David Robinson wants to tackle as a School Board Member: Transparency, Open Communication, Redistricting Discussions, and Classroom size. He believes that through working together we can tackle these big issues and make our School System one of the best in the State.

Mr. Robinson would be honored to serve as your School Board Member and humbly asks for your vote on March 3, 2020.


Experience

Self Employed-Landlord

Robinson Rental Properties
1995-Present

Fire and EMS Deputy Chief

Town of Oak Island
1998-2012

911 Operator

Brunswick County 911
1996-1998

Occupational Extension Instructor

Brunswick Community College

Funeral Service Assistant

White Funeral and Cremation Service

Volunteering

Rescue Squad Chief

Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad
1989 - Present

Silent Grove Cemetery Trustee

Silent Grove Cemetery
2012 - Present

Firefighter / Paramedic

Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department
2014 - 2016

Committee Member

Brunswick County CPR Committee
1998 - 2006

Deputy Chief

Civietown Volunteer Fire Department
1989 - 2003

EMT Intermediate

Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad
1996 - 2005

President

Brunswick County Fire and Rescue Association
1998 - 2001

Education

Union Primary School, Shallotte NC

1982-1986

Shallotte Middle School, Shallotte NC

1986-1991

West Brunswick High School, Shallotte NC

1991-1995

Brunswick Community College, Supply NC

2000-2004

Awards & Certifications

  • Multiple CPR Life Saving Awards
  • 25 Years of Public Service Award
  • EMS Officer of the Year Award
  • Paramedic - NC Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • Firefightger I&II - NC Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Fire Officer I&II - NC Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Firefighter Advanced Professional Certification - NC State Firefighter's Association
  • Fire and EMS Instructor-NC Office of Emergency Medical Services / NC Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support - American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support - American Heart Association
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support - American Heart Association
  • International Trauma Life Support - ITLS
  • Advanced Medical Life Support - National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Advanced Burn Life Support - American Burn Association
  • Rescue Technician - NC Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Fire Inspector - NC Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Water Rescue Phase I-II