Purcellville high school principal resigns suddenly


Woodgrove High School principal Ric Gauriloff, who resigned suddenly on Monday, with no explanation from himself or the school district. (Loudoun County Public Schools)

The news sites and blogs in Loudoun County are buzzing about the sudden resignation of Ric Gauriloff, principal of the new Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, effective Monday.

Both Leesburg Today and the Loudoun Times-Mirror are reporting that allegations had been made that Gauriloff, 51, had harassed women at Woodgrove, and that he has been out of school for the last two weeks. The school district, the teachers’ union, and various Loudoun schools officials would not comment on the case, which suggests to me that they know at least some of the inside story. High school principals seldom suddenly resign in the middle of a school year, absent a health problem, and that typically is revealed, at least in general terms. The Loudoun sheriff’s office told both papers that Gauriloff is not under a criminal investigation.

I called Gauriloff for his side of the story. But he did not answer and the voice mail at his home did not allow me to leave a message.

While we wait for the rest of the story, the system has already persuaded Edward Markley, the retired former principal of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, to serve as interim principal at Woodgrove. Gauriloff was Woodgrove’s first principal when it opened last year, and had previously been the principal at Mercer Middle School and an assistant principal at Stone Bridge High School.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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