Atlanta Public Schools put a former Fulton County principal facing criminal charges on a short list of candidates to be the next principal of North Atlanta High, Reporter Newspapers has learned.
Eddie Echols resigned as principal of Riverwood International Charter School in the fall of 2011 after an audit alleged mismanagement of school funds. That audit led to criminal charges. Echols was arrested on Feb. 29 and charged with stealing almost $25,000 from the school.
Months later, he has emerged as a top candidate for the North Atlanta High School position, according to records released by APS to Reporter Newspapers.
The case has received significant media coverage for most of the past year. APS spokesman Keith Bromery said Echols is no longer a candidate because APS offered the job to another person, who subsequently turned it down.
“Candidates selected for interviews are identified based on their backgrounds, experience and education credentials,” Bromery said. “Matters that surface beyond these resume items are considered prior to final decisions on a final candidate.”
The revelation follows a tumultuous week for a school system looking to fill a job recently vacated by Mark MyGrant. APS on June 4 offered the job to Reginald Richardson, who is currently principal of the Performing Arts and Technology High School in Brooklyn. N.Y. He withdrew his application when he received a better offer from his current employer.
Here is the full list of candidates APS considered:
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