Brunswick County School Board problems?


Some Brunswick County School board members are not seeing eye to eye. One school board member is actually suggesting that the entire board be replaced. Brunswick County School Board member, Ray Gilbert expressed his opinion Thursday, on Curtis Wright’s radio show "The Big Talker." Gilbert says Brunswick County Schools are failing and major changes are needed. Gilbert says, "Maybe it’s time for us to get a new superintendent. Your changing principals, maybe it’s time to look at the overall CEO. 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." The other board members disagree. School board chairman, Scott Milligan says "Dr. McGee has my full support as our superintendent, and to the best of my knowledge, the support of all the board members with the exception of Mr. Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert’s comments do not reflect the position of the board." Gilbert says, "the parents tell me, in Brunswick County, that they are not happy with the direction of Brunswick County Schools. The board chairman issued a statement that he and the other board members are happy with that, so the question I asked is are we okay and happy with the schools having 4 out of 17 performing?" Gilbert says the school system is not educating all its students. He says, "We have an achievement gap that blows the region out of the water. We have some schools where black kids are at 30 percent and the white kids are at 90 percent. Is the board saying that that’s okay?" In a statement, Superintendent Dr. Katie McGee, told News Channel 3 she is too busy preparing students, teachers and principals for state tests to defend herself from Gilbert’s comments. Gilbert says he will not back down until the schools improve and all students are performing up to standards.