Dr. Howard Taylor, principal at NAHS, issues letter on his resignation


As previously reported here (video statement at the link) and here, Dr. Howard Taylor resigned his position as principal of North Atlanta High School. His resignation was a complete surprise to parents and members of the community.

In a letter to the NAHS community, Dr. Taylor stated the following key points (emphasis added)

  • I remain in good standing with the district and have not been asked to resign.
  • While this decision is, bar none, the hardest of my professional career, it was my decision – one that I felt necessary and appropriate.
  • I have financial obligations like anyone, but my decision was not influenced by financial or professional gain. 
  • It is possible that I will receive another position with another district. However, a “better offer” is just not a motivator for me.
  • … I hope that knowledge assures you that I would not have made this decision if it were not necessary or appropriate.

As with any resignation letter, what is left unsaid is often as important as, or more important than, what is said.

Dr. Taylor was not asked to resign – but was he asked to do something that he in good conscience would not do? He did not extend his thanks to the APS central administration – why not? Most importantly, he did not say what led to his resignation – and only referred to what were NOT factors (financial or professional gain, a “better offer”).

There is more here than is currently being reported – let’s wait and see what the full story is.

The full resignation letter is printed below.

Dear Parent and Community Warriors,

As some of you may have heard already, I announced to my staff this morning that I have submitted my resignation with Atlanta Public Schools. My decision may have left some of you with questions and concerns that I hope to address beginning with this message. I remain in good standing with the district and have not been asked to resign. While this decision is, bar none, the hardest of my professional career, it was my decision – one that I felt necessary and appropriate. I have financial obligations like anyone, but my decision was not influenced by financial or professional gain.  It is possible that I will receive another position with another district. However, a “better offer” is just not a motivator for me.

From the time I have had the honor of working with you and your children, you have seen my heart and understand my character. I hope that knowledge assures you that I would not have made this decision if it were not necessary or appropriate.

My last day at North has not been finalized at this time, but it is likely I will remain through November.  The district soon will begin its search for my replacement and if time allows, I will be able to assist this person in his or her transition as your principal. The members of the NAHS Administrative Team are excellent at their jobs and will work with me and the teachers to keep our and the students’ focus on learning. In short, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition and have assurances from the district that it also is committed to this end.

As I have done every day since beginning my work at North, I will continue to give you all I have through my last day.

Gene
Howard E. Taylor, Ph. D.

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