Centennial's principal resigning to 'focus on family'

Centennial's principal resigning to 'focus on family'

CHAMPAIGN — After less than a year on the job, Centennial High School Principal Brian Riegler has announced his resignation effective June 30, citing separation from his family as the motivation.

"Some of you may know that my family is not here in Champaign with me," he said in an email to students, staff and parents. "It is now time for me to go home to the Chicago suburbs and focus on my family."

Riegler started last July 1, replacing Greg Johnson, who'd had the job for seven years before leaving for an assistant superintendent's position with the Oak Park and River Forest High School district.

Before coming to Centennial, Riegler was principal of Waukegan High School and served more than 31 years in the Navy, which often overlapped with his education career.

"Prior to my time at Centennial, I served over 31 years in the military, having been deployed over five years of the last 15 in our recent war," he wrote.

He added that "traveling and deployments have been difficult" for him and his family.

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