North Atlanta High Principal Howard Taylor plans to stay at the high school’s as principal.

Taylor made the announcement today. Taylor on Friday had announced he intended to resign this December and but on Monday changed his mind when he received a promotion to executive director of the entire North Atlanta cluster. That move was rejected on Tuesday during a special called school board meeting. No other members of the  Atlanta Board of Education seconded District 4 member Nancy Meister’s motion to approve the promotion.

On Sept. 19, Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel said he was pleased that Taylor has changed his mind.

“I’m glad he’s decided to stay,” McDaniel said. “He’s been good to that school.”

Here is a statement from Meister to the NAHS community.


I just received notice from Superintendent Davis that Dr. Taylor rescinded his resignation at 1:25 pm and the Superintendent accepted it. I spoke with Dr. Taylor and he has sent a message out to the parent leadership team. His enthusiasm, respect and love for the students, teachers, school and community has not wavered and I look forward to working with him in implementing policy that will empower our Principals.


Financial Deconstruction, a blog devoted to covering APS issues, has received a copy of a statement from Taylor to the North Atlanta Community. It reads, in part:

The earnest and thoughtful work of Mr. Davis, Ms. Waldon, and Mr. Smith this past week has produced results that were a game changer for me and I believe will be for the culture of Atlanta Public Schools and ultimately our children. Therefore, moments ago, I asked Mr. Davis to consider rescinding my resignation, which he had not yet accepted. I am glad to share that Mr. Davis honored my request, and I will be remaining with Atlanta Public Schools as Principal of North Atlanta High School.

To read the full statement, click here.

Here is the official statement from Superintendent Erroll Davis:

Statement from Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr.

“I am pleased to accept Dr. Howard “Gene” Taylor’s rescinded resignation, and we look forward to his continued leadership at North Atlanta High School. While his resignation and my recommendation for his appointment to regional executive director have prompted much debate, several positives have emerged from this process.

First and foremost, we get to retain an effective leader, and we have already begun the work of enhancing communications between all principals and the district. We will immediately begin to implement quarterly meetings with principals from each cluster, quarterly meetings with parents in each cluster, and a service delivery index that will allow principals to provide feedback regarding the quality of services received from central office.

The job of leading a school as principal is noble and difficult. We will remove the barriers so that principals and teachers can focus on the real work of educating our children.”

Keep checking for updates.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of