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June 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Controversial Seattle principal rejoining former Seattle superintendent

Although he hadn’t told his boss or his school, it appears that Lowell Elementary Principal Gregory King is moving to Detroit to work for former Seattle Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.

A spokeswoman for Michigan’s Education Achievement System, where Goodloe-Johnson is the top academic officer, confirmed Monday that King is under contract to start there as a principal next week.

Goodloe-Johnson was fired from her Seattle post after a financial scandal in March 2011. In 2008, while she was still superintendent, she brought King to Seattle.

King, who has sparked controversy this year for allegedly mishandling a claim of sexual assault, has not informed the Seattle Public Schools administration of his departure.

As of late last week, the administration believed King would serve as Lowell principal next year, said Lesley Rogers, a district spokeswoman.

King, who did not return a telephone message or email seeking comment, was offered a job in Tacoma in February, but the offer was withdrawn after The Seattle Times reported officials were investigating him.

The Education Achievement System in Detroit is a new district created to serve mostly failing schools in the district. King will be principal at Pershing High School in Detroit, according to a news release.

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