Larry Savage resigns as Chatham Grove principal. Going to be principal at West Cary Middle

Pittsboro, NC – Dr. Larry Savage has submitted his resignation as Chatham Grove principal. He has accepted the position as the new principal at West Cary Middle School.

Dr. Savage was named the principal of then new Chatham Grove Elementary School, effective January 6, 2020. The school system received its certificate of occupancy for the new school building on May 8, 2020. During his tenure several teacher assaults became public, which raised parental concerns. (N&O story)

Savage had been the principal of Siler City Elementary School from 2014 to 2020.

Here’s text of the letter:


Dear CGE Gator Community,

I am writing to share that yesterday evening I was approved by the Wake County Public Schools’ Board of Education as the new principal at West Cary Middle School. My start date will be March 20th, and my last day at Chatham Grove ES (CGE) will be March 17th.

My time working with our CGE staff and community the last three years to open our school and build our vibrant and thriving Chatham Grove school community has been unforgettable. I will hold onto dearly the professional relationships we have formed and the memories we have made in service of our students. The seasons change, however, and family circumstances have arisen that I cannot turn away from. Specifically, I have been granted the opportunity to work minutes away from my soon to be 90 year old father, and I cannot pass up this chance to spend more quality time with him and better support him in our remaining years together.

Superintendent Jackson, our School Board, and District Leadership will work closely with our community to support CGE through this transition and to select an outstanding leader to help propel our school into the future. More information related to the principal search process will be forthcoming.

I also want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Dr. Jackson for the support he has shown me as I struggled with this decision. His grace, care, and professionalism was beyond compare, and I am certain that the quality of the new leader selected will match the attributes he has demonstrated.

I will genuinely miss the strong partnerships within our community that we have cultivated during our time together. I depart, however, reassured that you all will continue to thrive. I cannot wait to see the new heights CGE hits in the coming years.


Dr. Larry Savage
Principal, CGE