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Riverwood principal to resign
by Everett Catts
January 09, 2013 05:23 PM | 2749 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chrisopher Triolo
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Christopher Triolo is stepping down as principal at Riverwood International Charter High School in Sandy Springs only 13 months after taking the job, citing family concerns.

In a letter to students, parents and staff Wednesday, Triolo announced his resignation, effective Jan. 23. His resignation was approved by the Fulton County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday, school system spokeswoman Susan Hale said.

Triolo, who is from Charlotte, N.C., is taking a job there to be closer to his family.

“[Resigning] was not an easy decision to make given my short tenure at Riverwood and the transition our community has already endured,” he wrote in the letter. “As I share often with our faculty and staff, however, family comes first and it has become apparent that my family needs my support at this time. To support my family I have secured a position with another district close to home that will increase my skill set while being able to support my immediate family.”

Hale said former Milton High School Principal Ron Tesch, who retired in 2010 after leading the Alpharetta school for 12 years, will step in as interim principal.

A search for a new principal will start soon, but Hale could not say when a permanent principal would be hired.

Clare Martin, a Riverwood parent, is a member of the Riverwood Governance Council and serves as its PTSA representative. She said she was sad to see Triolo go.

“When he met with the parent leaders this morning, he said his father was ill and that his family needed him at this time,” Martin said. “I felt immediately a great loss and he has done a lot for the Riverwood community in terms of leadership and directions. I believe it’s a tremendous loss to the school. However, we’re under great direction with our area superintendent Karen Cox and with [Central Learning Community Executive Director] Rob Anderson. The entire parent body was given full confidence that they will be very diligent in searching for the next best principal of Riverwood.”

Martin said while she’s disappointed Triolo is leaving, she understood.

“He’s always talked about family, whether it’s the student body family, the parent family, the faculty family or his personal family,” she said. “He’s always said family comes first, and he’s showing the best example he possibly could show by following his words and his heart and doing the best thing for his families, all of them.”

Here is a copy of the full letter:

Greetings Riverwood Community,

I am contacting you today to let you know I have tendered my resignation from Fulton County Schools effective 1/23/2013. This was not an easy decision to make given my short tenure at Riverwood and the transition our community has already endured. As I share often with our faculty and staff, however, family comes first and it has become apparent that my family needs my support at this time. To support my family I have secured a position with another district close to home that will increase my skill set while being able to support my immediate family.

To ease the transition, Ron Tesch will serve as the interim principal beginning Jan. 22, 2013; we will work together for three days to help ensure success. Mr. Tesch was the long-time principal at Milton High School, where he successfully led that school to high achievement and numerous recognitions for staff and students. He brings strong leadership and expertise in running large high school, so he will help ensure that this transition is smooth and positive for our students and community. Riverwood will also receive extensive support from the central learning community. Together with our dedicated staff, the leadership of our governance council, PTSA, athletic booster and the Riverwood Foundation, and our committed families, progress at Riverwood will continue seamlessly for our students.

In the coming weeks, the process for selecting a permanent principal will begin. In preparation for filling the position, please be assured that the selection process outlined in the district procedures will be closely followed along with agreements built into our charter. This process will include opportunities for stakeholder involvement and input, including surveys and focus groups of parents, staff, and community members. Select stakeholders will also serve on the principal interview committee. Finalists for the position will be shared with Superintendent Robert Avossa and the final recommendation will be made to the board based upon the results of the selection process and the expertise and judgment of the superintendent.

While it has only been a year, I have enjoyed getting to know the community and it has been a privilege to serve. However, family needs are paramount and this is a move I must make for myself and my family. Riverwood is on the cusp of an exciting journey with the new charter system, pending building renovation/expansion, and the growth of our IB program. I wish each of you much success in all future endeavors. Please feel free to direct questions to me directly or reach out to our area superintendent, Karen Cox (coxk@fultonschools.org).

Sincerely,

Chris Triolo

Principal
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