Atlanta parents question principal reassignments - CBS46 News

Atlanta parents question principal reassignments

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Some parents in Atlanta said they are upset they were not involved in the district's decision to reassign a number of principals at the end of the school year.

District officials would not offer specifics but told CBS46 the number of principals affected is under 10.

Steve Smith, associate school superintendent, would not comment on what schools the principals are from or whether they were performing poorly.

"We understand stakeholders are tied to their schools and their principals," said Smith. "This is always hard."

The head of the Southwest and Northwest Parents and Partners for Schools (SNAPPS) said the community should be involved in decisions involving leadership.

"We were clueless," said SNAPPS President Shawnna Hayes-Tavares. "We didn't know these things were coming down the pipe."

School Board Chairman Courtney English said personnel decisions are made by the administration and the board was not involved. However, he said he is concerned how the principal reassignments were handled.

"I will work with my colleagues on the board to ensure that the district operates transparently when making decisions that impact our communities," English told CBS46 in an e-mail. "Communication and engagement must improve."

Smith said the district informed the principals of their reassignments now so that they could plan for the future. He also said it allows the district ample time to begin searching for qualified candidates.

The changes in leadership come as the district continues trying to improve its image after a cheating scandal that led to the indictment of 35 educators.

"I think for something like this to happen all of a sudden caught us off guard," said Tavares. "I think that people don't trust the school system quite yet."

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