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March 05. 2014 10:22PM

Manchester Central High’s John Rist, back in charge, wipes slate clean for some

MANCHESTER — Back in charge at the school he used to lead, acting Principal John Rist granted amnesty this week to any Manchester High School Central students facing after-school detention.

Rist said the gesture, which does not apply to students facing the more serious Saturday detentions, was done to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. He took over the reins of Central on Monday, after the abrupt resignation of Ron Mailhot last month.

“It’s just a gesture so they’ll understand I’m a decent guy,” said Rist, who retired in 2011 with 10 years as Central principal under his belt. He is 64 years old.

Detention is a 45-minute period after the school day dismissal. A student can be put in detention for tardiness, being fresh to a teacher, throwing garbage on the floor or not obeying a teacher or administrator, Rist said.

The principal said he’s clamped down in other areas. He told students to stop wearing hats and hoodies inside the building; he’s a stickler for the dress code.Rist said he’s told the students they will have to prove to him that Central kids are the best out there.

Little has changed since his departure, other than there are 300 fewer students, he said.“Much is the same. The quality of the institution I’m happy with. The response to me has been great,” Rist said.

Rist said he won’t stay on after this year.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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