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Crabapple Asks for Parent Input on New Principal

Without a permanent principal currently, Crabapple Middle School encourages parents to fill out survey on what they would like in the next person to fill the position.

It's been nearly a month since former Crabapple Middle School Principal Dr. Kimothy Jarrett left the position for "personal reasons;" and now the search is on to find a permanent replacement.

Because of the suddenness with which Jarrett left the position, many parents questioned the reason behind the action. 

"I’m sure this announcement comes rather suddenly, but let me assure you that it is not due to anything involving the well-being of students or staff nor the school’s performance under her leadership," Roswell Cluster Superintendent Dr. Will Rumbaugh wrote in a letter to parents. "I understand that the lack of specific information may generate rumors and I respectfully ask that you keep a positive focus on Crabapple Middle School as we continue the school year."

While the Fulton County School System has been working to hire Jarrett's replacement, former Haynes Bridge Middle School Principal Debbie Reeves stepped out of retirement to fill the role as the interim Crabapple principal.

But now, the school says its ready for parent input in the process to find a permanent replacement.

Today, Mar. 8, the school sent out a survey to parents and community members requesting help in deciding what attributes a Crabapple principal should have.

"This is an important action that you, as a community member and supporter of Crabapple Middle School, can take as the school system begins the process of securing the best person for a visionary school," the school wrote in today's letter.

The survey will be available online and in paper form (found in the school office) until Friday, Mar. 18 at 5 p.m. 

Erica March 08, 2011 at 05:41 PM
(Corrections made) Mrs. Jarrett is a fine person and a great Principal. Fulton County could not have had a better person to be the Leader in that building. She cared about students educational needs and did everything possible to adress the needs of all learners no matter the level. Mrs. Jarrett provided the educational support that would assist all students in academic success. Teachers were equipped with the tools and professional development necessary to ensure the success of all students in the classroom. Mrs. Jarrett is a Pioneer in the Middle School Concept and has proven year after year her ability to teach and lead ...1st as a teacher, then as an Assistant Principal and Principal. I greatly admire and respect Mrs. Jarrett. I live in Roswell and attend a church that feeds into Crabapple MS. My church members always have positive comments about Mrs. Jarrett and the work she does for the students at Crabapple MS. I don't know what happened that Mrs. Jarrett is no longer employed in the Fulton County School District at Crabapple Middle School, but I can tell you it is a GREAT loss to the students, community and school District. A Former Ed Leadership Intern with Mrs. Jarrett and Former Colleague
Cheryl March 09, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I don't think the issue is Dr. Jarrett's competence or leadership. She chose to resign from her position at Crabapple. The question is what are we looking for in the next principal, not a discourse on the merits of Dr. Jarrett. It's a mute point, she resigned and left the school mid-year so we need to find a new principal to lead the school.
Joy Life April 12, 2011 at 02:16 AM
(Corrections made to original post) Well Cheryl that may be the case (The question is what are we looking for in the next principal), however everyone has a voice and a right to express whatever he or she chooses. Who cares what you think about what anyone else leaves as a comment here! Are you the gatekeeper of the post? I am sure Erica knows what the point is but chose to express what she felt instead! It is not a mute point! Mrs. Jarratt resigned because of character assassination -- her integrity and professional ethics were questioned! Do you really think Mrs. Jarrett would just walk away mid-year from the children, the school and the community she LOVES so much without provocation? I think not ... and if you believe that she would, then you "do not know Kimothy Jarrett at all!" So let Erica and anyone else express himself or herself in support of Mrs. Jarratt, she is an icon who has done so much for the children and families in the Roswell community! And yes, we do need to find a new principal to lead the school!!!!!! And to answer the question, "What are we looking for in the next principal? Someone just like Mrs. Jarratt with the same passion, drive, commitment, dedication and qualities! Is that specific enough for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheryl April 12, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Wow ....I'm sorry you are having a rough patch, I wish you all the best as you work through your struggles. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joy Life April 12, 2011 at 07:53 PM
The rough patch is people like you who are quick to criticize with a condescending air. The writer needed no correction from you or anyone else. Your unsolicited comments were not warranted. It is clear the writer pointed out the qualities important for a Building Leader at Crabapple MS; for educational purposes and for longevity. Below is what I keyed in on. Perhaps the response deserves a second read by you. I wish you all the best as you work through any struggles you may have in regard to this matter and in your acceptance of differences in expression. You have a good day! A fine person (integrity, highly thought of) and a great Principal. (A record for competent leadership; highly proffessional, proficient and competent) Leader in the building. Cares about students educational needs and does everything possible to address the needs of all learners no matter the level. Provides the educational support to assist all students in academic success. Provide staff development to equip teachers with the necessary tools to ensure success of all students in the classroom. A pioneer in the Middle School Concept Proven record of ability to teach and lead Admired and respected History of positive comments by families and community. Active community involvement. Student and family focused.

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