Gainesville Middle School Principal Rose Prejean-Harris is stepping down at the end of the month to take a job with Atlanta Public Schools.
Gainesville School Superintendent Jeremy Williams said Tuesday that Misty Freeman will become interim principal at GMS when Prejean-Harris departs Oct. 31. Freeman currently holds the position of director of College and Career Readiness for Gainesville schools.
“Our top priority to GMS is consistency with serving students and their families,” Williams said in a written statement. “Mrs. Freeman will do an exceptional job leading current initiatives and working with the community.”
Williams added that no immediate search would be undertaken, and that he, along with the School Governance Council, would evaluate the GMS principal’s position during the course of the school year.
Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Pat St. Claire told The Times that Prejean-Harris is taking on the position of Director of Testing and Assessment and will report to the executive director of Data & Information. She said Prejean-Harris will be paid $117,711 annually — about $5,000 more than her salary in Gainesville — and begins her new job Nov. 1.
Prejean-Harris returns to Atlanta where she worked 11 years, first as a high school chemistry teacher in 2007 and worked her way up to become an assistant principal in 2008. She went on to hold administrative positions in Tucker and Clarkston before becoming principal of GMS.
Freeman has been director of College and Career Readiness since 2014. Prior to that, she worked for the Georgia Department of Education as program specialist in business computer science.
The Times was unable to reach Freeman and Prejean-Harris for comment.