Former Gwinnett principal's promotion nixed

Gene Taylor

Gene Taylor

The process that temporarily made Gene Taylor the principal of Berkmar High started with a phone call to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

GCPS Superintendent/CEO J. Alvin Wilbanks told the Daily Post on Wednesday that Taylor called Frances Davis, district’s chief human resources officer, and if Taylor was willing to leave Atlanta Public Schools, “we’d be glad to have him back.”

In a video to North Atlanta High students posted last week, when Taylor announced the move to Berkmar on Friday, Taylor said, “I’m not leaving because I have to. I’ve not been asked to leave and it wasn’t hard to find another position.”

He reversed course on Monday when APS Superintendent Erroll Davis announced Taylor would be promoted to a regional administrator position. But on Tuesday, the Atlanta School Board blocked the promotion, at least until a search can be conducted for the regional position.

Wilbanks said Taylor is a principal “anybody would love to have.”

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.

Asked about the atmosphere and environment at Berkmar, which has had three principals in three school years, Wilbanks said, “We’re going to get them a good principal over there. We’ll probably do that fairly quickly.”