Alpharetta High School is in the news today. First the former student body president Reuben Lack sued the Fulton County school district, Alpharetta High School principal Shannon Kersey and two others, alleging he was forced from his position because he sought to modify “Prom King” and “Prom Queen” to make it “Prom Court,” more open to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual students.
The latest is that there is some rumbling in the Varsity soccer program and the head coach, Andy Clarke, is out. Alpharetta High School is a great school, but it has gotten some bad PR, with a fight between two students that is being litigated. There was also another fight recently and I was told a student was arrested. Principal Shannon Kersey is fairly new, but it seems that she can’t seem to run her school efficiently. I know she has no control over the soccer coach, but what kind of atmosphere is she creating that led to the federal lawsuit from Reuben Lack?
Here’s the letter I received from Coach Andy Clarke earlier today:
Dear Parents & Players,
This is a brief note to inform you that I have decided to resign my position as boys Varsity coach at AHS.
There was an incident that occurred at half time on Tuesday evening. I felt I did not receive the necessary and appropriate follow up support from the school administration regarding this incident that I would’ve expected.
I want to thank you for your support, and I am disappointed that we can not complete the task that we had set out for the team.
All the best for the remainder of the season.
Full Disclosure: My son attends Alpharetta High School and is a player on the soccer team. I am a concerned parent, who wants answers, since there seems to be a pattern of missteps at the highest level of AHS administration.