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."