School board will not renew Superintendent McGee's contract

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - School board members voted Tuesday night to not renew Superintendent Katie McGee's contract.

McGee was voted Regional Superintendent of the Year in 2008, but her tenure in Brunswick County has been over-shadowed by many controversies.

She's been the target of complaints and lawsuits.  One was filed by McGee's own administrative assistant, Sherry Dove, over the way she was being treated.

McGee was cleared by the board in that case.

"I feel like I represent the school district and we've got a great year," said McGee in an interview after the school board gave her un-satisfactory marks on an evaluation.

School board members are not going to buy McGee out of her contract, but they aren't sure she will stay until it ends in June 2010.

Regardless, board members said they hope they can repair a divided school system.

"It just seems like we're divided between friends and enemies, and you don't have friends and enemies - you have school board members, teachers, and parents," said school board member Shirley Babson.

School officials are looking to name a new superintendent around the first of the year.

McGee provided the following statement in reference to the vote:

"I am so proud of the accomplishments of the Brunswick County Schools.  I wish the best to the next Superintendent because they are going to be blessed with outstanding employees, students, and parents."

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