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Update: New NAHS Principal Saga Continues

Atlanta Public Schools reportedly considered Eddie Echols, a former Fulton principal arrested for stealing $25,000 from his school, for the North Atlanta High principal job.

Update: Atlanta Public Schools Director of Media Relations Keith Bromery took a moment to bring some clarity to the recent revelation about former Fulton prinicipal Eddie Echols, who was arrested for stealing $25,000 from his school, and was being considered for the North Atlanta High School Principal job. 

Bromery said that while he could not speak directly to how Echols name ended up on the list of candidates for the NAHS job, the former Fulton principal had simply submitted his resume and still had a long way to go in the process if he were to get the job at all.

"They would be much more thoroughly vetted before they are hired if they are chosen for a particular position," he said of all the candidates. "I don't know what was realized and what was not, I just know how they select people for these positions."

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While construction at the new North Atlanta High School is underway and plain for all to see, there is much activity going on behind the scenes as well. 

Officials with Atlanta Public Schools are in the midst of selecting a new principal for NAHS and have already had the top candidate, Reginald Richardson turn the job down after receiving a better offer from his current employer.

Richardson, who is employed as a Performing Arts and Technology Teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised questions of concern from some parents of NAHS students as to why APS was seeking to hire someone from out of the state. 

Now, the Buckhead Reporter is stating that another name on the list of potential candidates is former Riverwood International Charter School principal Eddie Echols, who was arrested on Feb. 29 and charged with stealing almost $25,000 from the school. 

Echols reportedly resigned as principal of Riverwood International Charter School in Fulton County last fall after an audit alleged mismanagement of school funds and led to his arrest on Feb. 29.

What is your opinion of the APS selection process so far?

While many parents are obviously concernred about the selection process to replace former, well-loved principal , APS officials have only said that the process to fill the position is continuing.

The Buckhead Reporter was able to obtain resumes of the other candidates being considered before June 4. It isn’t certain, however, if APS intends to reopen the application process.

Other candidates are:

  • John Denine, Academy Leader, North Atlanta High
  • Julie Brown, assistant principal of G.P. Babb Middle School, Forest Park, Ga.
  • Rafiq Vaughn, assistant principal of Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Nashville, Tenn.

Should any of the current candidates be selected as new NAHS principal? Let us know your opinion of this important issue in the comments below!

Alice Jonsson June 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Not sure why we would object to an out-of-state search. By some measures Georgia is 48th in the nation in education. I'd like for us to be in the top ten. Let's stop doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Let's worry about getting the very best candidate and not worry so much about where he/she is from.
elisa cousins June 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM
NAHS was one of the few good things about our school system and that was because faculty and admin had been working together toward a common goal: the success of the students. There would have been several worthy candidates within the school who had the appropriate credentials and experience to continue what Mr. Mygrant had started: going outside of the school's human capital was a slap in the face to the people already there.
Alice Jonsson June 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
If APS hired someone better than any of the worthy candidates about whom you are speaking, I don't think anyone would have a problem with APS going very far afield to find the candidate. If we are all putting the needs of the students first, and there is no doubt in my mind the terrific parents of North Atlanta are, then the staff's feelings are really secondary. I suspect the greater issues APS is facing in hiring new leadership relate to lack of trust on the part of the public, which is totally understandable in light of the events that have transpired in the past two years, specifically. APS has a tremendous opportunity to rebuild trust by hiring outstanding principals for North Atlanta and Maynard Jackson, among others. The staff, students, and parents will get behind great and competent leaders.
Mary Johnston June 26, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Mr. Denine has been excellent at leading the IS community and should be considered for the position.

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