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Barrow principal stepping down

WINDER -- The principal of Apalachee High School in the Barrow County School System has announced he will step down at the end of the month.

David McGee announced his plans to resign from the post, according to Superintendent Wanda Creel. He has held the position for five years.

Creel said it had been "an emotional week" for the system. "I respect, honor and support his needs at this time. David has been a principal focused on the students," she said.

In a letter to Creel dated Aug. 10, McGee stated that "there will never be a time when I will not love the students, and I have to step away at some point. Therefore, I plan to retire effective Aug. 31, 2011."

Creel said McGee told her that his responsibilities at the high school would not allow him to "give his all as a principal and care for his family."

She said that McGee has an ailing family member.

Creel said that the system appreciated "the tremendous service that Mr. McGee has provided the students, faculties, staff and the community of Barrow County for many years in various capacities.

"He has truly been about the work of building a strong foundation for young lives and has had an impact on countless individuals," Creel said. "He will always have a spot on our team."

Staff plans to have a recommendation ready to replace McGee's position at Barrow County Schools' Sept. 13 board of education meeting.