Chris Triolo
Chris Triolo

Riverwood International Charter School Principal Chris Triolo has submitted his resignation to Fulton County Schools, the Sandy Springs Reporter has learned.

Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Samantha Evans said Triolo has accepted a job in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools System, NC, where he worked before taking the job at Riverwood. His last day will be Jan. 23, she said.

“Ron Tesch (former principal of Milton High School) will be the interim principal starting Jan. 22,” Evans said via email. “The process for selecting a permanent principal will begin in a few weeks.”

This is the second leadership change at Riverwood in two years. Triolo took over as principal in December 2011 after former principal Eddie Echols resigned in September 2011 following an audit report that found he mismanaged school funds. Echols was later charged with stealing money from the school.

Area Superintendent Karen Cox said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools approved hiring Triolo on Jan. 8.

Cox said she met with parent leaders, teachers and staff on Jan. 9 to inform them about Triolo’s resignation and said a message would go out to all parents at the end of the school day.

In statement to parents, Triolo said he felt he needed to be closer to his family. Here is his full letter to parents:

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 January 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 (


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