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North Atlanta principal resigns
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September 13, 2013 12:58 PM | 3670 views | 2 2 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Howard “Gene” Taylor
Howard “Gene” Taylor
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North Atlanta High School in Buckhead is seeking its third principal in less than two years after Howard “Gene” Taylor announced his resignation Friday.

Taylor, who was hired in October, will remain at the school until Dec. 1. He replaced Mark MyGrant, who retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year but returned in August 2012 on an interim basis while Atlanta Public Schools continued to search for a new principal. Four days after the Atlanta Board of Education approved Taylor’s hiring (he did not start until Oct. 31), MyGrant and five other school leaders were removed from the school and replaced with a transition team.

In a statement, the district confirmed Taylor’s resignation but gave no reason why he is quitting.

“Dr. Howard Taylor, principal of North Atlanta High School, announced his resignation today,” according to the statement. “Dr. Taylor will complete his duties with Atlanta Public Schools on Dec. 1, 2013. The district is appreciative of Dr. Taylor’s leadership over the past year, particularly during the planning, relocation and [Aug. 7] opening of the new North Atlanta High School [on Northside Parkway]. We wish him well in his next assignment.

“A transition plan has been established to ensure continued high-quality instruction for students, and the search for a new principal will begin immediately.”

In a letter Friday to North Atlanta parents, District 4 school board member Nancy Meister, who represents all Buckhead schools, said she hopes to keep Taylor in the Atlanta district.

“This morning I went to NAHS and met with Dr. Taylor to listen, learn and understand the situation. He was, as he always is, forthright and honest in our discussion. Upon leaving I called Superintendent [Erroll] Davis as well as Deputy Superintendent Steve Smith to discuss the situation. I have asked them to meet with Dr. Taylor today to see what the system can do to change this situation if anything.

“This is a great loss for our community and I am working to see what can be done to keep Dr. Taylor. As I find out more I will send out another email.”

In other news, North Atlanta’s former campus on Northside Drive, now the home of Sutton Middle School, is dealing with a rat infestation. In a statement, the district stated it is dealing with the problem.

“Atlanta Public Schools is committed to providing safe and secure learning environments for our students,” according to the statement. “The APS Facilities Department is aware of the issue at Sutton Middle School and is addressing the matter with minimal interruption to students and staff. Parents were notified by letter."
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September 19, 2013
I don' think Sutton is the only place you can find rats in APS...
NAHS teacher
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September 28, 2013
I've been with the school for over a decade. I have seen leaders come and go over the years. Taylor is just a garden variety principal. Why has he done so far that makes him so special that we MUST keep him? He has broken the law by having teachers take 23 minute lunch breaks instead of the required 30. The man has never seen my class room. He reinvents the wheel poorly on many things that have worked. He has inexperienced administrators in place. He has the "my way or the highway" mentality that has caused much friction between him and the staff. And how about the teachers having to float between floors to preserve grade levels on each floor, FAIL, teachers were not getting to their classes on time and kids would cutting up in the halls. I'm tired of my school being on the spotlight. I just shut my door, teach and do my best to ignore the crazy politics that do not involve me. It is my professional opinion that the principal and administrative staff do not have the qualifications to run a school of this size. But in APS, I am not a professional, I am punch-in time clock employee.
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