Currey Ingram head of school to step down at end of year

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 2:14pm

Kathy Rayburn, the longtime head of Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, is stepping down at the end of this school year.

In a letter to parents, Rayburn said she was proud of her accomplishments during her 17 years leading the school, which specializes in educating children with learning challenges.

“This was not an easy decision," Rayburn said. "However, I turned 65 this year, and I am ready to take on the full-time position of ‘Nana’ to my two beautiful grandsons. I am so thankful to the Board of Trust for honoring my decision.”

Neither she nor the board acknowledged the ongoing suit against a former teacher whom they allege was part of a group that distributed an anonymous letter highly critical of Rayburn and her son. E.B. Rayburn was an employee of the school until he was arrested on statutory rape charges in 2011. He pleaded guilty to attempted statutory rape in February of this year.

Miller Hogan, chair of the school's board of trust, said that a national search would begin for her replacement.

“Kathy Rayburn has done a wonderful job, and we wish she would stay — yet we honor her decision,” he said. “We are very hopeful that we will be able to hire a new head of school to start work on July 1, 2013. However, our primary goal is to find the best fit, and we reserve the right to keep searching until we are ready to make this very important hire.”

Founded in 1968 as the Westminster School, Currey Ingram has developed a national reputation for individualized teaching and helping kids overcome learning impediments. According to Currey Ingram officials, "one hundred percent of the school's graduates have been accepted into college programs."

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 9/18/12 at 9:36

It was time to move on.

By: EasyDoesIt on 10/12/12 at 9:58

It does seem odd that, while many of the people who brought concerns and complaints were vilified, and either fired, and/or sued by a board of directors who appeared almost fanatical in their prosecution, that now the subject of those complaints is leaving. There may be a lot more to this story that we will never know, especially if non-disclosure agreements are reached in any settlement with some of the parties involved. I believe the actions of the board further damaged the reputation of the school by so vehemently and aggressively pursuing a "witch hunt" and purposefully casting aspersions on people of integrity rather than giving thoughtful consideration to the complaints, so many of which sounded reasonable and some of which appeared to be easily verifiable. The "holier than thou" position taken by the board of directors was the wrong tactical one to take, even if they had been right. It now appears they may not have been.