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Trinity High principal will take reins at St. Joseph Regional Junior High School

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 15. 2017 12:10AM

MANCHESTER — Denis Mailloux, the long-serving principal of Trinity High School, will ease out of that job beginning Jan. 1 and take over the full-time leadership of St. Joseph Regional Junior High School at the end of this school year, school officials at the Diocese of Manchester announced this week.

For the past five years, Mailloux has worked as principal of both St. Joseph and Trinity. Daniel Baillargeon, the headmaster at a Catholic preparatory school in Alabama, will become the interim principal at Trinity.

“This has been the most rewarding job I could ever imagine, but it’s a challenge serving as principal of two schools at one time,” Mailloux said in a statement distributed by the Diocese of Manchester. “This move will allow me to focus more of my time and energy on growing St. Joseph’s excellent programs and curriculum, preserving the Catholic identity of the school and attracting students from all over the Manchester region,” he said.

Mailloux has been involved with Trinity for more than 40 years, 22 1/2 of those years as principal, the statement said.

Trinity had 314 students as of Oct. 1. St. Joseph had 87.

In announcing the changes, the superintendent of the diocesan schools said Baillargeon led substantial growth at St. Bernard Preparatory School in Alabama. He said the hire is part of a long-term strategy to boost enrollment, update programs and facilities, and increase quality.

“Trinity faces increasing competition for students, and needs to boost enrollment both short-term and long-term,” Superintendent of Schools David Thibault said. “Mr. Baillargeon initially interviewed for a position in the Catholic Schools Office, but we quickly realized that his skill set was a good match for the challenges Trinity faces today. I felt there was a great opportunity to make these changes now, rather than wait until the end of the academic year.”

Thibault stressed that Trinity needs a full-time principal, and the school is currently in the position to hire one. He said the decision was his to make, but Mailloux is supportive and willing to help any way he can.

According to the announcement, Baillargeon will serve as interim principal through the end of the school year.

The diocese will conduct a national search on July 1, and Baillargeon will be a candidate, although others can apply.

Mailloux will begin the transition from his Trinity job in January and focus more of his time and attention to St. Joseph, the statement reads. He will become the full-time principal at St. Joseph beginning July 1.

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