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Gaston County Supt. reflects on his career as he prepares to retire

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

At the end of this year there will be a changing of the guard within the Gaston County Public school system.

Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon is retiring.  His last day will be December 31st. 

McGlohon has been superintendent for nearly eight years.  He has been with the district for 23 years and has been in the education profession for more than 40 years.

"It's time for me to do something else," Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon said. "And it's time for somebody else to take over the leadership of this school district."

The superintendent said he decided to leave on his own and this was not a forced retirement. He implies the school board tried to keep him in place.

"The school board was very fair to me," the superintendent said. "Throughout my career. It was time for me to move on to do something else. We had all types of discussions."

Before McGlohon leaves he does remember the challenging times in the district.  He says the most difficult was when the recession hit and he saw his budget dwindle.

"In Gaston county," McGlohon said. "We've cut over $30 million dollars out of the budget. We have 600 fewer people working with children today than we had 5 years ago and that has been a challenge."

He says his biggest accomplishment came when the school district established a high school on a college campus.

"Which gives young people a chance," McGlohon said. "Over a five year period to get not only a high school diploma, but a two year associates."

His other accomplishment was raising $4 million ,without the government's help, to purchase a SmartBoard for every classroom in Gaston County public classrooms.

"That technology," McGlohon said. "Has made a huge difference in student learning."

However there was one thing the outgoing superintendent wanted to complete, but didn't have time to do it.

"I wish I could have done more," McGlohon said. "To improve the level of funding that we have available for our children in Gaston County. We rank near the bottom of North Carolina's 115 school districts."

Deputy Superintendent Jeffrey Booker will take over on January 1st.  His annual salary will be $180,000. McGlohon has this advice for his successor.

"Be patient," McGlohon said. "Stay out in the schools. Stay focused on children."

McGlohon says he is looking forward to his last day.

"I think retirement means retirement," McGlohon said.  "I am going to stay in this community.  I will continue to be active in this community but for awhile I will enjoy my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my church."

McGlohon is the sixth superintendent for the Gaston County Public School System.

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