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Superintendent responds to school issues

BOLIVIA -- Friday we brought you the story of a Brunswick County School Board member facing a restraining order. Today NewsChannel 3 spoke with Superintendent Katie McGee on this and other issues. She is facing her fair share of challenges but credits her staff for its support and she assures lines of communication are staying open between administration, schools, and parents. The only comment McGee made regarding Ray Gilbert, the school board member banned from three schools under a restraining order, is it's important for the school board to work together for everyone's benefit. She said she couldn't comment on individual personnel issues, such as the North Brunswick coach accused of hitting a student two weeks ago. She says times of crisis bring people together, and hopefully bring the school system closer. McGee said, "The community has trusted me in the past. I believe they trust me now and I think more importantly what they need to hear from me is when the heart, the soul and the time of an individual on their staff is devoted to these kids and the school system, we're going to come out OK with everything going on." McGee says she wants to keep the focus on education. McGee also said she doesn't think it's fair a small number of incidents are putting a shadow over the school system. She says the county's schools' accomplishments far outweigh the negative incidents the school system has faced.

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