Two Atlanta Public Schools principals resign

ATLANTA -- Just days after selecting a new superintendent, the Atlanta Public School system is dealing with a new controversy.

The district is about to lose not one, but two principals, that in addition to the reported 17 principal positions already open, most of them because the district has chosen to replace them.

The two resigning principals are Howard "Gene" Taylor of North Atlanta High School and Audrey Sofianos of Sutton Middle School, a feeder school to North Atlanta.

For Taylor it is the second time he has resigned from North Atlanta since the beginning of this school year.

Last September, he resigned to take a job in Gwinnett County, but APS officials convinced him to stay.

In a letter to parents, Taylor wrote: "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; however, for the remainder of our time together, I will continue to do as I have done every day since becoming your principal — give you my all toward making North—the direction to EXCELLENCE for all of our students."

As for Sofianos, she posted a letter to Sutton Middle School parents through the school's PTA.

"This has been a heart wrenching decision for me. I have spent much time reflecting and agonizing because of the impact on our students, teachers, and school community. I have shed many tears and am heartbroken over all that we have yet to accomplish together as a team. However, I cannot continue in a full-time role and must re-focus on my health and family for the next year," Sofianos wrote.

While Sofianos mentioned health and family reasons for her decision, Taylor did not give a reason for resigning.

Both resignations are effective June 30, 2014.


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