School board member left speechless after firings at North Atlanta

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ATLANTA - One Atlanta school board member is finally speaking out about the abrupt firing of school leaders at North Atlanta High School.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant spoke Thursday to board member Nancy Meister, who said she was just as shocked as parents and students over the release of the administrators.

Meister lives in the district where the school is located.

She's said she's been following Channel 2 Action News' coverage of the ongoing drama at North Atlanta High School over the last week very closely.

Last Friday, district leaders showed up at the school out of the blue with a security team to show interim Principal Mark MyGrant the door and let top school leaders know they'd been reassigned.

The move sparked days of protests.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Erroll Davis told parents and students the changes were necessary because poor academic performance put the school at risk of a state takeover -- a claim that the Georgia Department of Education told Diamant wasn't true.

Meister said  she saw DOE officials shoot down Davis' claim on Channel 2 Action news at 5 Wednesday and it left her speechless.

"They are in a place where they're not under any type of monitoring - -- there are no issues. So it was a shock to me," Meister said. "I'm kind of at a loss for words for why it was said."

Channel 2's Tom Regan spoke with school board president Ruben McDaniel by phone Thursday as well. He told Regan he supports the superintendent's actions.

Meantime, Meister said North Atlanta parents have launched their own investigation into the removal of the school's leaders.



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