The AJC reported last night that,
Brian Mitchell, principal of Mary Lin Elementary School, announced Thursday he would be “taking his talents elsewhere” for the 2015-16 school year, according to a letter posted on the school’s website. According to the letter, his resignation is effective June 30, 2015.
District spokeswoman Jill Strickland said that APS has accepted Mitchell’s resignation and “appreciates his commitment to continue in his role through the end of the school year.” The search for a new Mary Lin principal will start early next year.
Mitchel posted his resignation letter on the Mary Lin website, the full text is as follows:
December 4, 2014
Dear Mary Lin Staff and Community,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of my intentions for the 2015-2016 school year. My specialty is recruiting and retaining excellent teachers. I will be taking my talents elsewhere for the 2015-2016 school year.
It has truly been a pleasure serving the Mary Lin community since 1995. I am dedicated to working hard to make the rest of this school year successful for the students, teachers and parents. My resignation from the district will be effective June 30, 2015.
Maureen Downey, education blogger at the AJC also reported that many Mary Lin teachers support Mitchell and sent a letter to APS leadership in which,
…they supported Mitchell, and that the views of critics should not be heeded. They praised his leadership and said Mitchell had raised teacher morale.
Downey’s post also contains a quote from a member of the Mary Lin community that indicates,
“There is a division of parent support at Mary Lin and the ‘anti-Dr. Mitchell’ group has been extremely vocal and has had the ears of Carstarphen and White since the beginning of the school year.”
Per the AJC, Mary Lin Elementary is a highly rated school in APS and it,
…received a score of 86.4 under the state’s school rating system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index. That’s higher than all but about 10 Atlanta elementary schools and significantly higher than the district’s average score of 67.1 for elementary schools.
Mitchell’s comment in his letter of resignation – “I will be taking my talents elsewhere” – may indicate that there may be more to this story than is currently being reported.
Updates as I receive them.