As reported in the prior post, the AJC’s Get Schooled blog published the following quote,
“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 [Superintendent] Carstarphen and [Regional K-12 Executive Director of Schools David] White since the beginning of the school year.”
The noted division has been public now for some time and it appears that Mitchell’s frustration with the issue led to his resignation.
Last month, Mitchell posted the following statement on his principal’s blog at the Mary Lin website (emphasis added):
It’s no Secret… – Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 11/8/2014
In an effort to be transparent with the community, I want you to know that it not a secret that there are a few vocal parents who do not want me to lead Mary Lin anymore. This small parent group meets with my supervisor monthly since last spring and discusses the things that are going wrong with my leadership and the school. A few weeks later, I receive feedback about these meetings. This is no way for me to be an effective leader. I have recently requested that these parent meetings cease after November. If this small, yet vocal group of parents still has issues, then they will have to bring it down to the school level and give me a fair chance of resolving the issues and complaints.
I would like to think that the majority of the parents and teachers are on board with what is happening at Mary Lin. I am strongly encouraging you to steer the unhappy parents my way so that I could work on their concerns in a timely manner. With over 630 students and over 1,000 parents, I know that it is unreasonable for everyone to be on board with what we are doing at Mary Lin.
Facebook threads of complaints do nothing to solve issues or concerns. I am looking for people to step-up and direct these unhappy parents my way so that I can address their concerns in a timely manner.
Unless I am missing something, we have the majority of the stakeholders with us. Remember, the best is yet to come.
Thanks for all you do,
More on this as it develops.