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School superintendent resigns amid 'immoral conduct' allegations

Suggestions of misconduct surround the resignation of Lee County School Board Superintendent James McCormick.

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SANFORD, N.C. — Suggestions of misconduct surround the resignation of a school superintendent Monday afternoon.

Lee County School Board Chairman William Tatum called the resignation letter, from former Superintendent James McCormick, disappointing.

"At this time, it is necessary that I request the Lee County Board of Education to accept my resignation as Superintendent of Schools," Tatum said as he read McCormick's resignation letter.

McCormick has led the Lee County school system since 2004.

The school board was so pleased with his work that they recently extended his contract by three years.

"I think the records of Lee County Schools under his tenure are exemplary and the board, he had full support from the board,” Tatum said.

In the letter, handed to the school board attorney five days ago, McCormick abruptly stepped down from the job.

"We accepted this letter and I am disappointed,” said Linda Smith, with the Lee County School Board.

The school board went into closed session for 20 minutes with its attorney before making the announcement.

A school board member confirmed to WRAL that some of the discussion included allegations of misconduct against McCormick.

School board members said they were not ready to get into specifics regarding those allegations.

"The resignation is all we are prepared to share," said Dr. Lynn Smith, with the Lee County School Board.

WRAL tried to reach McCormick for comment on Monday but was unsuccessful.

School board members will meet Wednesday to begin searching for a replacement.

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