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Gaston schools superintendent announces retirement

GASTONIA Gaston County Schools Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.

A 43-year veteran educator, McGlohon has been with Gaston schools since 1991. He began his career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

For 15 years, he served as deputy superintendent for the State Department of Public Instruction before joining Gaston schools as assistant superintendent of human resources in 1991 and superintendent of schools in 2006.

In 2007, he was honored by the N.C. Association of School Administrators with the Trailblazer Award for his innovative work to enhance classroom technology. He was named the State Administrator of the Year in 2008 by the N.C. American Counseling Association.

McGlohon was chosen by his colleagues as Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year in 2011.

In a release, Gaston Board of Education Chairman Kenny Lutz Jr. called McGlohon an “outstanding superintendent who has carefully guided Gaston County Schools and moved us to higher levels of achievement and expectations.”

“Due to his excellent leadership, student attendance is up,” Lutz said. “Scholarships earned are up. The graduation rate is up, and the dropout rate has decreased. The district was one of the first in the state to achieve systemwide accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.”

McGlohon’s leadership in school safety resulted in Gaston County Schools having one of the top safe school programs in the state.

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