Students in Atlanta Public Schools went back to class on Aug. 8, facing both a new year and the daunting challenges presented by the fallout of the school system’s cheating scandal.
Dr. Lorraine Reich, principal at Warren T. Jackson Elementary, said the students came ready to resume their routine.
“Our enrollment is up, about 40 students over projection,” Reich said. “We’re at 935, somewhere, give or take a few … we’ve had smooth sailing. On the first day by 8:30 a.m. it was like we’d been in school for weeks.”
Buckhead’s E. Rivers Elementary started the year with a new principal. Sabrina Hayes was promoted from assistant principal to become the interim replacement for former Principal David White, according to the school’s website.
White moved into a new role as executive director of one of the system’s school reform teams, according to a press release from the school system.
He replaced Tamara Cotman, who a recent report on school cheating accused of failing to properly monitor school testing. The report, prepared by outside investigators appointed by the governor, also said she provided false information to investigators.