Dr. Philip Lanoue, the Fulton County Schools’ sole candidate for superintendent, has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Lanoue currently heads the Clarke County School District in Athens.
That school system has recently come under fire following reports that three Clarke County students accused of raping a 15-year-old girl were allowed to stay in school while police investigated. It reportedly took school officials weeks to notify parents, students, and teachers of the assault.
In a statement, Fulton County school board president Linda McCain said the district is moving forward with a number of highly qualified candidates.
In an email to parents, Lanoue said he wants to stay in Clarke County because the community rallies behind its schools “in good times and in bad.”