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Kell Principal Announces Retirement

Trudie Donovan, who had been on the job for six years, stepped down Friday after an incident involving the "reporting of a student matter."

will be getting a new principal in the upcoming academic year after Trudie Donovan retired on Friday. 

The Marietta Daily Journal reported that Donovan, who had been in charge of the Northeast Cobb school for six years, stepped down "abruptly." Earlier in the week, Cobb school superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the newspaper she had been involved recently in "a situation involving the reporting of a student matter.”

Citing personnel reasons, he would not elaborate further, nor would he indicate whether Donovan would have been terminated had she not resigned.

Donovan served as a teacher an administrator in the for 34 years, including East Cobb's from 1978 to 2000. 

A note on the Kell High School website said Donovan's last day on the job would be June 28 and that Cobb assistant area superintendent Ed Thayer would oversee the process for hiring a new principal. 

"As she has shared with us, 'her garden in the mountains is calling,' ” read the note, which was signed "Kell High School Administration."

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