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UPDATE: Woodgrove principal resigns, replacement named

According to Loudoun County Public Schools, Woodgrove High School Principal Ric Gauriloff officially submitted his retirement paperwork Dec. 19.

Former Woodgrove Principal Ric Gauriloff

Wayde Byard, public information officer for LCPS, said that Gauriloff submitted his retirement papers to Superintendent Edgar Hatrick Monday and the paperwork was accepted.

Byard said former Broad Run High School Principal Edgar Markley has been appointed as the new interim principal for the rest of the year. Markley was the prinicipal at Broad Run for 14 years before he retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Markley was named as the Most Outstanding Principal in Loudoun County by the Washington Post in 2003. Before coming to Loudoun County, he had served 30 years in Maryland’s school systems.

New interim Woodgrove Principal Dr. Edgar Markley

According to multiple sources, Gauriloff had not been in school for two weeks. These same sources reported that the absence sprung from Gauriloff being accused of making inappropriate advances toward teachers. These sources, who have children currently attending Woodgrove, asked not to be identified. These reports do not include any alleged inappropriate conduct towards students.

When contacted, Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard was unable to comment on the accusations.

Loudoun County School Board members Priscilla Godfrey (Blue Ridge) and Tom Reed (At-Large) could not be reached for comment. When contacted, Ian Kobler, president of the Woodgrove High School PTSO, referred comment to Byard.

Woodgrove, located in Purcellville, opened in the fall of 2010. Gauriloff was its first principal.

This is developing story, which will be continued to be researched by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.


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