Dr. Deborea Montgomery has departed her position as principal of John Archer School effective Monday, and will now work in the special education department of the Harford County Public Schools’ central office, school officials said.
Montgomery’s departure follows allegations earlier this month that she dragged a student through the school’s lobby and outside onto concrete in 2009. That claim was among several allegations concerning abuse of students at the school made public at a March 12 board meeting.
In a letter to parents, vice principal Mary Gernand said Montgomery had “moved onto other endeavors.” In response to questions from The Dagger, Harford County Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said Montgomery had moved to the position at the central office. The letter did not specify a reason for the transfer, and Kranefeld declined to provide details.
Gernand said she will serve as acting principal while the Harford County Board of Education conducts a search for a permanent replacement.
Montgomery was appointed principal of John Archer School for special education in June 2009. She first came to HCPS in 2008 and served as the coordinator of non-public placements and inter-agency supports.