Retired JCPS official Kirk Lattimore will be the interim principal of duPont Manual High School, the district announced Wednesday.
Lattimore worked in various administrative roles, including as assistant superintendent for academic achievement, in the district before retiring in 2016. He also has ties to a group who supports spreading teachers’ faith and teaching creationism in schools, including asking teachers at one of the group’s events about obstacles to expressing their religious views in public schools.
Lattimore is set to take over day-to-day operations from assistant principal Greg Kuhn on July 30, stated an email to families from JCPS’s assistant superintendent of high schools Glenn Baete. Kuhn had been managing things since July 20 when the district announced now-former principal Jerry Mayes was being reassigned after a lengthy investigation into allegations of racism.
“I am looking forward to maintaining the excellence of Manual and helping to ensure a smooth transition as the school searches for a new leader,” Lattimore said in a news release from the district.
He will stay in the role until a permanent replacement is named by the School-Based Decision Making Council, the email from Baete said.
In his 28-year tenure in JCPS, Lattimore created programs designed to help African-American students, including the Men of Quality Mentoring Program.
The district doesn’t have a timeline for the permanent principal search, a JCPS spokeswoman said.
But the Parent Teacher Student Association is moving quickly to find a parent to serve on the search committee, the group’s president Robin Weiss said. The group is currently voting on nominations for the spot.