Renfroe Middle principal announces his departure

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 12, 2015
Renfroe Middle School. Photo obtained via City Schools of Decatur

Renfroe Middle School. Photo obtained via City Schools of Decatur

Renfroe Middle School Principal Derrick Thomas told school staff this morning that he will be leaving Renfroe to take a job in another school system, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Thomas confirmed the announcement in an email and said he will take a job in Henry County Public Schools.

Thomas was promoted to Renfroe Middle School principal in 2010, after serving as the school’s assistant principal. His departure comes as the school is gearing up for a renovation and expansion to meet growing enrollment.

According to City Schools of Decatur projections, enrollment at the school will increase from 932 students to 1,735 students by 2020. The school is adding more portables for the 2015-2016 school year to keep up with the demand.

Here is Thomas’ letter to Renfroe parents …

May 12, 2015

Dear Renfroe Middle School Families and Friends,

I was offered a Principal position in the Henry County Public Schools District and have decided to accept it. This decision was an emotional one for me as I have come to know Renfroe and the Decatur Community as my family.

Everyday for the past seven years, I have had the privilege to work with the finest students any Principal could ask for. I am truly blessed for my experiences at Renfroe Middle School, the best middle school in the state of Georgia!  I want to thank each and every one of you for your continuous support and entrusting me with your children. I have formed many relationships with families and community members and I will cherish the many memories I have made during my tenure. Renfroe will always hold a special place in my heart.

Let me assure you that I will continue to serve as your Principal throughout the remainder of our school year. Our Superintendent, Dr. Edwards, will be working with the Renfroe School Leadership Team to find a new Principal who will lead Renfroe Middle School.

Again, I can’t say enough how grateful I am for my time at Renfroe. I will certainly miss my staff, the parents, and community members. However, more than anything I will miss my students. I have watched them grow up right before my eyes just like I’ve watched my own children and I am truly amazed at the growth my students have made over the years. They have truly impacted my life and for that, I am forever grateful.

Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation as I embark upon this new endeavor in my career.


Derrick L. Thomas

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