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Milton High principal steps down following DUI arrest
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
August 01, 2014 03:28 PM | 2742 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Less than a week and a half before the 2014 school year began, incoming Milton High Principal Dr. Nathan Buhl announced his resignation.

On July 26, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an accident along Cumming Highway at Old Mill Road.

After wrecking his 2013 Chrysler 200 at about 10:30 p.m., Buhl was administered a breathalyzer test. He registered a 0.193 blood alcohol level – easily twice the state’s legal limit. He was allegedly involved in two hit-and-run incidents in Forsyth County less than an hour before the Cherokee accident.

In addition to DUI and hit and run charges, Forsyth officials have charged Buhl with failure to maintain lane and failure to report striking an object. Along with DUI, Cherokee officials have charged him with reckless driving, weaving and operating an unsafe vehicle. Buhl was booked at the Forsyth County jail on July 27. He was released on an $8,525 bond.

He then surrendered at the Cherokee County jail, where he was released July 29 on a $3,551 bond. Buhl announced his resignation in an e-mail sent to Milton High faculty and parents on July 30. “A night of celebration quickly turned to nightmare because of the series of poor choices that I made,” Buhl wrote in the email.

“I am humbled and ashamed, after making the worst decisions of my life.”

Buhl was announced as Milton High’s new principal in May. Prior to that, he served as principal of Crabapple Middle School in Roswell for the last three years.

The North Fulton PTA named Buhl Principal of the Year in 2013.

Ron Tesch has been named interim principal of Milton High. Until he retired in 2010, he served as the school’s principal for 12 years.

Fulton County School System Superintendent Robert Avossa said he was disappointed by Buhl’s actions, but believes he “has done the right thing” by resigning.

“He is taking full responsibility for his actions and their consequences,” he said, “and this sends the right message to the students and community we serve.”

In a joint statement, Milton High PTSA co-presidents Donna Savas and Rosilyn Taylor said they were saddened by the circumstances surrounding Buhl’s resignation.

“We have met with Dr. Victor Shandor, area superintendent, and as he communicated via e-mail, the district will be conducting a national search for a suitable principal,” Savas and Taylor stated. “In the interim, we look forward to working with Ron Tesch, our former principal.”

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