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Charlottesville High School principal resigns

Not even halfway through the school year, Charlottesville High School’s principal has resigned.

Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Royal Gurley made the announcement on Thursday, saying Rashaad Pitt submitted his resignation “in order to focus on his family and health.”

Pitt’s last day will be Nov. 21, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.

Gurley wrote that he will be working with the division’s Executive Leadership Team to name an “acting principal.” It is not clear when that principal would take over the role.

But Gurley added that a search for a new principal will begin “immediately,” suggesting the acting principal will only be tasked with maintaining the role for the rest of the school year.

CHS will be sending out a survey for community members to share their “priorities and hopes for a new principal.”

Pitt took the role in August 2022 and is among a number of principals to resign from CHS over the past decade.

His tenure has included a number of student brawls caught on video and circulated online. In addition, some parents were upset by CHS’ move to implement a ban on cell phones earlier this year.

“We had students behave in a manner that is not reflective of our values or expectations,” Pitt wrote in an email obtained by The Daily Progress after a January brawl. “I am appealing to you to have conversations with your student and other students within the community.”

That and another physical fight in September led some parents to complain the school was not doing enough to keep students safe.

Pitt’s unexpected resignation points to the difficulties of being a school administrator in 2023.

It is not clear when CHS will select an acting principal and who will lead the school in the interim. Charlottesville City Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Progress.


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