Fulton principal to leave elementary school 81 days after classes start

A Fulton County elementary principal is leaving after a few months in the role.

The school district confirmed Monday that Latrina Coxton would be leaving Love T. Nolan Elementary on Nov. 1, which will be 81 days after classes started on Aug. 12.

The district laid out the plan to replace Coxton at Nolan, which is just south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

When asked why the principal was leaving, Fulton Schools southside superintendent Gyimah Whitaker said through a spokeswoman that Coxton had “received a promotion to director of special education for Henry County.”

"I want to thank (Coxton) for getting us off to a great start in the 2019-2020 school year as she envisioned," Whitaker wrote in a letter to parents posted on Nolan's website.

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Coxton was one of the 15 principals in new spots this school year.

This is Coxton's 16th year of public education, according to her bio posted on the school's website.

The bio went on to list her previous positions with FCS, including principal of Oakley Elementary in Union City and multiple special education roles.

Fulton Schools spokeswoman Samantha Maxey said the district’s process for selecting a new principal will look at what makes the school unique so they can find who would be a good fit.

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She said the plan is for Sharon Gay to start as interim principal Oct. 28. Interviews will start Nov. 12 with a panel that includes district executive but also the school’s PTA head, Nolan parents and the school’s teacher of the year.

Maxey said the panel hopes to have a recommendation to the school board by Dec. 3.

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