North Atlanta High School principal resigns

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ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned that North Atlanta High School Principal Howard “Gene” Taylor will be resigning effective June 30.

Taylor had resigned in September but later rescinded that resignation after an uproar from parents.

At the time, Taylor cited red tape with hiring his staff and slow invoices as key factors in his decision.

In an email to parents Wednesday, Taylor said, “We have accomplished much during our time together, including our successful move into the new North Atlanta facility. I am deeply saddened that our time together has not been longer.”

Taylor’s resignation comes on the same day as Principal Audrey Sofianos of another north Atlanta school, Sutton Middle, also resigned.

In September, in an attempt to keep Taylor in Atlanta, APS Superintendent Erroll Davis announced that Taylor would be promoted to executive director for the school district’s north region.

However, when the school board brought the issue to the table they couldn't get a single member to second the motion to bring it to a vote, and that's where it stalled.

Some board members claimed they refrained from a vote because they feared the promotion didn't have enough support to pass and they didn't want to close any doors.

At that time, Taylor said he was going to go back to Gwinnett County's school district.


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