Former Gwinnett principal resigns again from North Atlanta High

Gene Taylor

Gene Taylor

Seven months after a former Gwinnett principal resigned from North Atlanta High to return to Gwinnett — only to reverse course in three days — he’s resigned again.

Gene Taylor e-mailed the North Atlanta community on Wednesday and wrote that he wouldn’t sign a new contract with Atlanta Public Schools for next school year. His resignation is effective June 30.

“While more work needs to be done, we have made much progress during our time together,” Taylor wrote in the letter to students, parents and the community, referring to an 80 percent four-year graduation rate.

While in September, the last time Taylor resigned from North Atlanta, he did it to accept a job at Berkmar High, only to return to APS for an expected promotion, which was eventually nixed, there aren’t plans for a Gwinnett return this time.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Thursday morning that she was not aware of any job offers for Taylor.

In October, the district named Radloff Middle Principal Al Taylor as principal at Berkmar.

Gene Taylor left Lilburn Middle in October, 2012 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.