Principal resigns from Atlanta school, heads to Berkmar

SUWANEE — Less than a year after he left Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gene Taylor is coming back, this time to Berkmar High.

At a specially called meeting on Friday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Taylor as principal of Berkmar, GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach said, the same day that his resignation from North Atlanta High was announced.

Jane Stegall will continue to serve as the school’s interim principal, a position she has held since the second week of the school year. Stegall replaced Michael Zinn after it was announced on the sixth day of the school year that he would transfer within the district. Zinn landed at Lanier Middle as an assistant principal. Zinn joined Berkmar as principal last school year.

Taylor’s resignation from North Atlanta is effective Dec. 1, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr. wrote in a letter to parents.

Taylor left Lilburn Middle in October to take the job as principal at North Atlanta High. He had been principal at Lilburn Middle since 2008, and previously was principal at Crews Middle from 2006 to 2008 and assistant principal for instruction at North Gwinnett High from 2003 to 2006.

North Atlanta High made national news, including an article in The New York Times, because it reportedly cost $147 million to build the school in an old IBM office building. The school opened last month.

“The district is appreciative of Dr. Taylor’s leadership over the past year, particularly during the planning, relocation and opening of the new North Atlanta High School,” Davis wrote in the letter. “We wish him well in his next assignment.”