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Durham School Leaders Say It's Time to Move On

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PTA President, Joyce McGriff
DURHAM — African-American parents in Durham say they'rejust trying to protect their children, claiming their new schoolsuperintendent is racist.

Ann Denlinger of Wilson won the position by a narrow margin. The fourvotes cast in her favor were from whites while the three votes against herwere from blacks.

Blacks who observed the voting procedure reacted by chanting a protestwhen Denlinger was declared the winner, but leaders from both sides of thetable say now is the time to move on. They all say they will watchDenlinger closely.

PTA President Joyce McGriff says it's time to focus forward.

School Board President Katherine Meyers says she thinks Denlingerbrings some much-needed skills to the Durham school system.

Curtis Gatewood, president of the Durham NAACP, says his group willbewatching closely.

Teachers in Wilson say Durham is lucky to have Denlinger, and credither witha rising literacy rate in Wilson County classrooms.

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