Disappointment in North Penn School Board/District's Decision to Move Principal Taylor from Montgomery Elementary

The staff, parents, and students who make up the Montgomery Elementary family want to express our deep sadness and disappointment with the District’s decision to remove Mr. Orlando Taylor as our building principal.  Montgomery Elementary has had several principals over the years, and every time there is a principal change, our school’s building goals and academic progress are disrupted.  In the past ten years, we have had four principal changes.  During Mr. Taylor’s five year tenure at Montgomery, he has embraced the challenges of a large school and put high expectations and achievement at the top of his list.  He has won the respect and admiration of staff, parents, and students.  Although his responsibilities are many, he always makes time to listen to concerns and suggestions and then makes decisions based on a thorough understanding of a situation. 

 The Montgomery Elementary family does not understand the excuse given for Mr. Taylor’s transfer to Inglewood.  The need for an experienced principal to handle the building construction cannot take precedence over building stability!  A.M. Kulp and North Wales schools both had new principals during their construction phases, and both principals stepped up to this challenge nicely.  We feel that a newly hired principal could handle the renovations scheduled for Inglewood.  North Penn’s policy of Family Friendly and Open Communication Schools is lacking in this administration’s decision to replace Mr. Taylor.  If the administration is going to use these catch phrases, they must make sure these phrases are not merely just words on a page to evoke good feelings, but rather actions to be followed.

 For the reasons noted above, our Montgomery family is voicing our dismay at your decision to remove Mr. Taylor.  We especially want to take the time to publicly thank Mr. Taylor for being a great principal – a man who is willing to listen and make decisions accordingly.  We appreciate his support, his strength, his humor, and his willingness to go to bat when necessary to create a positive and successful school environment!  We will miss Mr. Taylor and are disheartened by the District’s decision to disrupt Montgomery Elementary.  Mr. Taylor has our respect, and we wish him well at his new placement.  As Martin Luther King once said and a very wise man once quoted, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  Mr. Taylor should have no doubt that he does matter and that he has made a positive impact at our school.

 

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    Laurie Richey, United States

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    The Carangi family, United States

    4 years ago Comments: We were very disappointed to hear that the district decided to move Mr. Taylor. To be successful in any setting, it takes time to build a solid foundation and Mr. Taylor has done that at Montgomery over the last 5 years; to uproot him now after years of hard work is disheartening. His warm, outgoing personality will certainly be missed. Good luck Mr. Taylor and thank you for all you've given to Montgomery.
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    Lisa Fisher, United States

    4 years ago Comments: Mr. Taylor has been such a positive presence ever since he came to Montgomery 5 years ago. We have always found him to be personable, approachable and fair where the students are concerned. They are always excited to see him, and he never misses a chance to stop and talk with them. Our kids were very distraught to hear that he was leaving Montgomery. This is our daughter’s last year at Montgomery; however our son has 3 more years to go. He has a friend in his karate class that attends Inglewood, and he told her how lucky she was to be getting Mr. Taylor! You will be sorely missed, and we wish you all the best. You will be a tough act to follow! The Fisher Family, Lisa, Keith, Lindsay and Mason
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