Dr. Kay Walker will retire as principal of Sandy Springs Charter Middle School in December, according to a letter from Walker and Area Superintendent Karen Cox.

Walker, who has been at the school for seven years, in August sent a frank letter to parents explaining her decision.

“I fully intended to go one more year, however a new [Teachers Retirement System] rule will make it financially more lucrative for me to leave Dec. 1,” Walker’s letter says. “In hindsight, I should have retired last July, however, I am glad that I am here to start the year, get it going, and work with whomever the system chooses to take my place.”

She said the principal’s job has been the highlight of her career and said the school system is in the good hands of Fulton County’s leadership.

Cox said school employees have surveyed faculty and community members about filling the vacancy. She said Superintendent Robert Avossa has increased the rigor of the principal selection process and wants input from community members.

“Dr. Avossa believes the most important position is the principal’s position,” Cox said.

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011-2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com