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Trinity High School names new principal

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

May 10. 2018 9:59PM




David Thibault (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — A familiar face at Trinity High School is set to take the job as principal of the school this summer.

David A. Thibault, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Manchester, announced Thursday that Steven F. Gadecki will serve as principal at Trinity effective July 1. Gadecki has worked at Trinity High School since 2001, first as a teacher and then as assistant principal.

“With a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Administration and more than thirty years of experience in both public and Catholic schools, Mr. Gadecki is highly qualified for the position,” Thibault said in a statement. “Having worked at the school for 17 years, Mr. Gadecki has a strong sense of the strengths and weaknesses of Trinity, and is ready to begin the task of leading and helping the school grow.”

“As we prepare to welcome our 49th incoming class, I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to build upon Trinity’s long legacy of faith, scholarship and character,” said Gadecki. “Trinity exemplifies what education — and more specifically what Catholic education — is all about. It not only provides students with the opportunity to reach their academic potential, but more importantly celebrates that they are children of God.”

Officials with the Diocese announced in December that Denis Mailloux, the long-serving principal of Trinity High School, would slowly transition out of the job beginning Jan. 1 and take over full time as principal at St. Joseph Regional Junior High School at the end of the school year.

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

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

In announcing the changes, the superintendent of the diocesan schools said Baillargeon was hired as part of a long-term strategy to boost enrollment, update programs and facilities, and increase quality.

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

The diocese had said in December it would conduct a national search on July 1, with Baillargeon in the mix as a candidate, and others welcome to apply.

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

According to Tom Bebbington, director of communication for the Diocese of Manchester, Gadecki and his wife Cathy have been married for 30 years and have five children — Anna, Paul, Kara, Eric and Alex — all of whom are graduates of Trinity High School. The family are communicants of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, where he has coached CYO basketball and other youth sports, and taught in the parish Faith Formation program.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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