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Rocky road for superintendent Katie McGee

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The Brunswick County School Board officially swore Katie McGee in as superintendent on January 4, 2005. Just a few months into the job, she had to deal with an elementary school teacher's assistant arrested, along with the woman's husband, on child porn charges. A judged dismissed the charges against the woman two years later, but personnel matters plagued McGee's tenure. In 2006 deputies arrested West Brunswick High teacher and coach, David Arrowood, for having sex with a student at school. That winter, around the same time the board renewed McGee's contract through this school year, Arrowood admitted to the crime. Three months later, on May 10, 2007, board member Ray Gilbert, claiming Brunswick County Schools were failing, suggested a change in leadership. "Maybe it's time for us to get a new superintendent. You're changing principals, maybe it's time to look at the overall CEO,” he said. “In the business sector, if the business is going bad we don't look at the custodian, we look at the CEO and say look it's time for you to change." Other board members supported McGee, who brushed away Gilbert's criticism. But a month later, the school district made national headlines when South Brunswick High teacher and coach, Brent Wuchae, quit his job to marry student Windy Hager. By September, Hager's parents, along with the parents of Arrowood's victim and the parents of a special needs student molested by South Brunswick High janitor Collis Hewett sued the district for not protecting their children. Only the Hewitt case has not been dismissed and continues in court. McGee has led the district through a lot of change. In June 2007 a new policy required all school employees take drug tests. And this year a new elementary and middle school opened to help deal with the county's rapid growth. The state school board association named McGee regional superintendent of the year. But her own school board gave her a negative review in August. And Tuesday night it decided the relationship must come to an end. McGee was also the target of a grievance by her former assistant Sherry Dove. The board cleared McGee earlier this year, but Dove is suing the district for allegedly violated the violating the Whistleblower Act. Dove claims she was constantly undermined and treated unfairly since she filed the grievance.

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Yeah!!

As a product of Brunswick County schools, I am ashamed at where the school system is today! I am very excited that things may now change in the system, and there is a possibility that the children come first. I have neices and nephews in these schools, and want them to receive the best education possible. I hope there are many other changes that will now take place!

Katie McGee

Katie McGee has been a driving force in the improvement of our schools in Brunswick County. Good leadership comes from the top; obviously people uninvolved with the small town politics recognize that, "Regional Superintendent of the Year". Look at her record, she has handled every situation that comes across her desk with poise and dedication. She spends her free time doing benefits for Brunswick Community College and other very worthy causes that help to improve our area. I suggest that WWAY presents BOTH sides of the story for a change. Speak out!

Dr. McGee

Truly shows the deep rooted politics of Brunswick County. How can you be recognized on a national level for the progress made with BC schools but brought down locally after one of the best yrs ever! Our school board needs to be replaced starting with Ms. Babson with the exception of Mr. Milligan!!!

mcgee

Not only did mcgee need to go. Brunswick County residents need to start with a whole new board of education, from the top to the last member. Time for change.

GO AWAY MCGEE

I have tried many different times to get McGee to call me back but she hasn't done so. Obviously, she is not accessible to parents. My children were targeted and discriminated against by VWES. She's not the only one who needs to go!!!!!!