Monday, July 16, 2012

Austin Elementary School & Chesnut Charter School Principals Leave DCSD


I received an email this morning alerting me to a post over on the Dunwoody Talk blog informing the community that Austin Elementary will also be looking for a new principal.




Update: Notification from Ms. Ogletree to Austin Community dated July 17th:

This evening I have been officially offered and have accepted the position of Director of Curriculum, K-5 for Marietta City Schools and today is my last day as principal at Austin. This is an exciting opportunity and a new challenge for me, however it is very difficult to leave such a wonderful school community.  Austin Elementary is truly a special place and I cherish my years here. I will always be grateful to have been a part of the excellence that is Austin. 

Warmest regards,
Beth Ogletree

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The following is the letter from Dr. Reid of Chesnut announcing his retirement:

Dear Staff, Parents and Members of the Chesnut Charter School Family,

After four enriching years at Chesnut Charter School, I want you to know that I recently applied to retire, effective August 1, 2012. The decision was not an easy one because of my deep connection to Chesnut, its students, its staff, and the greater Dunwoody community that supports it. My passion for education and love for students (which motivated me to enter this profession to begin with 36 years ago) hasn't diminished.
Admittedly, however, recent health-related issues, which I can not ignore, made me come to this decision sooner than I had planned.


As excited (and anxious) as I am about embarking on this new phase in my life, I also feel sad to be leaving this extraordinary school. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been a part in such a vibrant and supportive community - a community where education is valued as a top priority by students, teachers and parents alike. I feel blessed to have
been a colleague to such an extraordinary faculty and staff, and I feel humbled by the fact that parents in this community entrusted their most precious treasures-their children-in my hands. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your professionalism, support, friendship and encouragement throughout my stay here.


I wish all of you the very best and will miss each one of you very much.

With utmost sincerity and gratitude for the good years I had with you all,

Richard Reid, Ed. D.
Principal
Chesnut Charter School
4576 North Peachtree Rd.
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

8 comments:

  1. Regarding Chesnut: No. We received an email today from the school that Dr. Reid is retiring effective immediately.

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  2. Dear Staff, Parents and Members of the Chesnut Charter School Family,

    After four enriching years at Chesnut Charter School, I want you to know
    that I recently applied to retire, effective August 1, 2012. The decision
    was not an easy one because of my deep connection to Chesnut, its students,
    its staff, and the greater Dunwoody community that supports it.
    My passion for education and love for students (which motivated me to enter
    this profession to begin with 36 years ago) hasn't diminished.
    Admittedly, however, recent health-related issues, which I can not ignore,
    made me come to this decision sooner than I had planned.

    As excited (and anxious) as I am about embarking on this new phase in my
    life, I also feel sad to be leaving this extraordinary school. I consider
    myself extremely fortunate to have been a part in such a vibrant and
    supportive community - a community where education is valued as a top
    priority by students, teachers and parents alike. I feel blessed to have
    been a colleague to such an extraordinary faculty and staff, and I feel
    humbled by the fact that parents in this community entrusted their most
    precious treasures-their children-in my hands. I thank you all from the
    bottom of my heart for your professionalism, support, friendship and
    encouragement throughout my stay here.

    I wish all of you the very best and will miss each one of you very much.

    With utmost sincerity and gratitude for the good years I had with you all,



    Richard Reid, Ed. D.
    Principal
    Chesnut Charter School
    4576 North Peachtree Rd.
    Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

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  3. Dr. Reid will definitely be missed. Good luck to the Chesnut community--they had a huge adjustment last year with the redistricting and now must transition again with a new leader. Prayers that DCSS will send you all a truly inspirational leader to take over for Dr. Reid. The teachers, families, and staff deserve it.

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  4. Does anyone have any confirmation about Mrs. Ogletree? Or just that one line from the other blog?

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  5. Mrs. Ogletree is leaving to take a position with City of Marietta schools as the Director of Curriculum. Her last day was today and she will be missed.

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  6. Austin will need about 9 teachers replaced and one principal. There is a hiring freeze, so no outside applicants. Pray for a miracle in two weeks. DeKalb is encouraging our teachers to apply elsewhere due to budget deficits, Board of Education problems, uncertainty in county leadership, low morale, furlough days, higher health benefit fees, classroom size, etc...
    Parents of the community, please get the word out.

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  7. The teacher part is the most scary (though the principal part is scary as well.) Expect all openings to be filled from within DCSS, with principals having very little say as to who comes to their school.

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  8. Is Vanderlynn having similar issues with needing teachers and/or moral issues?

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