Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The commission voted on Feb. 5 that Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel had not committed ethics violations.
The Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Commission has cleared Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel of alleged ethics violations regarding hiring decisions at North Atlanta High. In December, the Ethics Commission voted to investigate allegations that McDaniel interfered with the hiring decisions regarding NAHS language arts teacher Amy Durham. McDaniel told board members via email he would look into accusations of racism at the school. In a letter from a group of anonymous parents to Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Waldon, several of the school's educators and key administrators were named in fostering a culture of institutional racism. Amy Durham was not mentioned in the letter, according to the Buckhead …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
North Atlanta NOW is a presentation to show prospective parents and students all the great programs offered at Buckhead's only public high school.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Ethics Commission intends to investigate allegations that the APS Board of Education Chairman may have inappropriately interfered with hiring decisions at North Atlanta High.
The Ethics Commission for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday to launch an investigation into allegations that BOE Chairman Reuben McDaniel interfered with hiring decisions at North Atlanta High. McDaniel had emailed other board members informing them that he intended to look into the allegations of racism at the high school. According to the Buckhead Reporter, former NAHS Principal Mark MyGrant and David Durham believe that allegations of racism prompted Durham's wife Amy to withdraw her name from the hiring process at the school. Ethics Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Pentz said the board will launch an investigation, not to exceed 60 days, of the complaints filed by David Durham about his wife. During the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
With the school constantly in the headlines now, what will be its future image?
North Atlanta High is featured in the headlines of local news outlets every week if not more often, because of the sudden recent firing and reassignment of its principal and other school officials and due to allegations of racism and grade-changing. Now, the Buckhead Reporter has uncovered emails from Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel informing other board members that he intended to look into the allegations from parents about institutional racism at the school. Former NAH Principal Mark MyGrant said he believed his sudden removal had to do with accusations of racism, but Superintendent Errol Davis said the reassignment of school officials was due to the struggling academics of the school. However, some …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Now, the attorney for former North Atlanta High Principal Mark MyGrant has requested a public hearing from the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.
North Atlanta High former principal Mark MyGrant suspected that his recent firing had to do with allegations of racism, and a Feb. 6 anonymous letter recently obtained by the Buckhead Reporter shows that several families at the high school accused one high school program of promoting instutional racism. In the letter, families accused the school's prestigious International Baccalaureate program of giving African-American students lower grades for equal work to white students. The letter was received by Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Waldon, who sent it to the Atlanta Public Schools Office of Internal Compliance. That office recently began an investigation of alleged grade-changing at the school. Officials have …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
A demolition team imploded one of the buildings at the former IBM campus on Northside Parkway to make room for the new North Atlanta High, which will be constructed on the site.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
In a matter of about 30 seconds, one large building fell in a plume of dust to make room for the new North Atlanta High School. Around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Atlanta Demolition imploded one of two buildings at the former IBM Campus, located at 4111 Northside Parkway NE in Atlanta. The demolition of the Hillside Building will make way for the new North Atlanta High School, which will move from its current location at 2875 Northside Drive NW in Atlanta in August 2013. The crowd began to trickle in at about 6 a.m. and grew to about 100 people by the time the explosives inside were ignited. The new North Atlanta High School will accommodate 2,350 students. After the Hillside Building is razed, the team will build the 105,000-square-foot …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Various news outlets are reporting that APS is investigating allegations of grade-changing at the school.
Allegations of grade-changing at North Atlanta High are being investigated by Atlanta Public Schools, according to news reports. District spokesman Stephen Alford said the investigation could cover a wide array of grade-changing allegations, according to WSB-TV. Due to new standards instituted after the districtwide CRCT cheating scandal, details about this investigation can not yet be released. In September, North Atlanta High's then-interim principal Mark MyGrant was fired suddenly and several top administrators were also reassigned. The firing sparked protests from students and parents who wanted answers. APS Superintendent Erroll Davis said the firing was due to the school's low graduation rate and its low academic performance of …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Mark MyGrant leaving Buckhead school after outstanding career there and at Sutton
North Atlanta Principal Mark MyGrant says leading a school is a special experience. "I would highly recommend being a principal to everyone," MyGrant says. "It is a blast; it is so much fun. But it isn't without its stresses as well. I've recently begun to learn how to exhale." MyGrant, after five years as North Atlanta's principal and 10 leading Sutton Middle School, is retiring. As he looks ahead to the next chapter in his life after 33 years in public education, mostly with APS, he takes pride in Sutton's shift into a highly popular neighborhood school and leading North Atlanta into the future with the planning of its new campus now under construction on Northside Parkway. "I'm proud of our work," he says. "And I say our work because it…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Three named finalists for prestigious summer program
Thursday, March 29, 2012
From Patch Reports Three North Atlanta High students are state finalists in the Georgia Governor's Honors program, APS announced. The program is a four-week instructional initiative held at Valdosta State University that is designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year, APS said. The Governor’s Honors Program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, the announcement said. Students are nominated, interviewed and selected in specific instructional areas. The North Atlanta students selected to attend the event are Elena Dieci, Spanish; William McClatchey, music/jazz (saxophone); and …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
School's Center for the Arts presenting classic musical
The Sharks and the Jets will rumble again in the North Atlanta High Center for the Arts production of "West Side Story." The school's performance of the classic Broadway musical examining New York street gangs in the 1950s, inspired by Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," will be at 7 p.m. March 22 and 24 and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 29 and 30, according to the school's web site. Ticket are $10 for adults and $7 for students. APS elementary and middle school students will be admitted free to the matinee peformances. With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins, the musical explores conflict between white and Puerto Rican youth gangs, tragically counterposed by the haunting love story of Maria …