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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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,  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.