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OXFORD The Granville County Board of Education voted to extend the contracts of Granville County Public Schools Superintendent Alisa McLean’s administrative team despite the reservations of some board members at its Sept. 9 meeting.

Beth Day, assistant superintendent of finance, Michael Myrick, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and student services, and Stan Winborne, assistant superintendent of operations and human resources and the school public information officer, each received a two-year extension to their current contract at McLean’s request.

The final vote was 4-2 with Ed Mims and Rob Rivers voting not to extend the contracts.

G. Thomas Houlihan, board chairman, expressed reservations and reluctance to vote “yes” due to lingering questions, but he did vote in the affirmative for the extension.

“I have confidence in McLean and her staff, but ultimately, she is the only one that the board of education can hold accountable and we will hold her accountable for what happens,” Houlihan said.

Rivers said he thought it was inappropriate to extend the contracts on the heels of the test results. The N.C. State Board of Education earlier this month released performance grades for public and charter schools during the 2018-19 school year.

In Granville County, one school, J.F. Webb High School, improved both its 2017-18 performance grade and growth status. Falls Lake Academy improved its growth status.

Eleven other schools received lower performance grades or growth statuses than they did last year. Northern Granville Middle was graded F and was found not to be meeting growth expectations.

The Granville Board of Education will hold a work session meeting Monday at 6 p.m.