Parents at North Atlanta High sprang into action this weekend after Friday’s announcement that principal Howard Taylor is resigning in December.

Taylor is leaving to take over Berkmar High in Gwinnett County less than a year after taking over at NAHS principal. Taylor arrived shortly after Atlanta Public Schools officials removed interim Principal Mark MyGrant, who had come out of retirement to serve as interim, and the school’s leadership team.

Taylor’s announcement stunned parents, but an email obtained by Reporter Newspapers shows they haven’t given up hope of convincing Taylor to stay. The Parent Teacher Student Association said it has been a busy 72 hours since Friday’s news.

The PTSA, Local School Council, Sports Boosters and Foundation held meetings with Taylor, Superintendent Erroll Davis, and Board of Education members Nancy Meister, Reuben McDaniel and Courtney English.

“We are working feverishly with Board of Education and Mr. Davis to find a solution to allow us to retain Dr. Taylor,” the email says. ”As more information becomes available we will let you know.”

Taylor said his reasons for leaving are strictly professional. Many Buckhead parents suspect otherwise, however.

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Dan Whisenhunt

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