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Search to resume for new Berkmar principal

LAWRENCEVILLE — Less than a year after he left Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gene Taylor was coming back.

But in an announcement Monday, the Gwinnett County Public School System said it had received word from Taylor that he would not be returning as principal of Berkmar High School.

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

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.

“We realize this was a difficult decision for Dr. Taylor and honor his decision,” GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. “Dr. Taylor is a fine educator who is dedicated to improving schools and helping students.”

The school system plans to resume filling the open position at Berkmar High School.