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New Principal Named at Riverwood

Former principal Eddie Echols resigned from the Sandy Springs high school in September, when an internal audit showed financial improprieties.

A new principal has been named at Riverwood International Charter School.

Chris Triolo, principal of a kindergarten through eighth grade magnet school, in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system starts Dec. 12.  A community meet and greet is also scheduled for that day.

Triolo arrives from John Motley Morehead Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy [known as STEM], in North Carolina.  Under his leadership, the school has a waiting list of 750 families, according to Fulton County Schools.

In his previous positions, Triolo was a science teacher and served as a district level science specialist for grades K-12.

Former Riverwood principal resigned in September when an internal audit showed financial improprieties. Dennis Kostulakos is serving as interim principal.

Riverwood parents learned of the new principal on Tuesday, in a letter from instructional area superintendent Iris Moran.

In her letter Moran said, “Mr. Triolo was selected as Riverwood’s principal because of his ability to establish strong lines of communication with students, staff and stakeholders, as well as his ability to serve as a motivator, role model, and relationship builder.”

The school’s committee of stakeholders include the Governance Board, Parent Teacher Student Association, the Foundation, Student Government Association members, teachers, a school counselor, and central office personnel.

Superintendent Robert Avossa also served in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools before his present position.

Dominique Huff November 02, 2011 at 11:19 AM
I hope Riverwood doesn't end up like Westlake; the school that gets a new principal every other year.
David Davis November 02, 2011 at 03:24 PM
The selection of someone with Mr. Triolo's background appears to be very good news for Riverwood studnts and parents. Based on his bio, he brings a strong academic and STEM focus which is exactly what Riverwood needs to make it not just one of the top ten high schools in the state but the very best high school in the state. I look forward to welcoming him to Sandy Springs.
Gabriela Angel November 06, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Be Careful what you wish for...Your imagined gain is really OUR blessing!!!!
Alia McDonald March 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
This part is funny: "“Mr. Triolo was selected as Riverwood’s principal because of his ability to establish strong lines of communication with students, staff and stakeholders, as well as his ability to serve as a motivator, role model, and relationship builder.” I think that even Triolo would admit that relationship building, motivating, and communication are not exactly his strong suits.

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