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Trinity High School Welcomes Interim Princpal

DECEMBER 12, 2017

Trinity High School Welcomes Interim Principal Daniel Baillargeon

Longtime Trinity Principal Denis Mailloux
to Become Full-time Principal
at Saint Joseph Regional Junior High School

(MANCHESTER, NH) – David A. Thibault, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester, today announced the hiring of interim Trinity Principal Daniel Baillargeon as part of a long-term strategy to boost enrollment, update programs and facilities, and increase quality. Mr. Baillargeon will assume his new role starting January 1, 2018. “This is a challenging time for our schools and our team has come together to preserve what’s great about these two Catholic schools while implementing a new strategy to better compete for students into the future,” said Thibault.

Beginning in January 2018, Denis Mailloux, who has led Trinity High School for the past 22 ½ years, and for the past 5 years has also led St. Joseph Regional Junior High School, will begin to transition from his position at Trinity to focus more of his time and attention to St. Joseph. He will become the full time principal there effective July 1, 2018.

Mr. Baillargeon is a New England native but has most recently served as headmaster of St. Bernard Preparatory School in Alabama, where he has led substantial growth and successful changes similar to the goals being developed for Trinity High School. He will serve as interim principal at Trinity through the remainder of the school year. Beginning on July 1, the Diocese will conduct a national search for a principal who will take over for the next academic year. Mr. Baillargeon will be a candidate for the position, but the Catholic Schools Office will be inviting other applications as well.

“Trinity faces increasing competition for students, and needs to boost enrollment both short-term and long-term,” said Thibault. “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. ”

“Priorities will not change for Trinity High School,” said Baillargeon. “Students will continue to be formed in faith, in character, and in scholarship. The statistics are impressive: Trinity enjoys a 100% college acceptance rate, contributes 15,000 hours of service to the community each year, and in 2017, students received $17.5 million in college merit scholarships. My mission will be to build on these successes while charting a course to address long-term needs.”

Denis Mailloux has worked at Trinity for more than 40 years and for over half that time has led the school as principal. “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. 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,” said Mailloux. “I will miss the daily interactions with students and staff, some of whom I have worked with for many years. And I will, of course, make myself available to assist Trinity’s leaders with whatever they need to help implement our long-term goals for Trinity.”

“While change naturally creates anxiety and anticipation for those who are affected by these changes, the Trinity High School administrative team, including Patrick Smith and Steve Gadecki, along with Fr. Jeff Paveglio, school Chaplain, will continue to serve the needs of the school community during this time of transition,” said Superintendent Thibault. “I cannot thank Denis enough for his distinguished and dedicated service to Trinity and to our entire community. He has a long and impressive legacy and we are thrilled he will turn his full attention to the junior high.”

Bishop Peter A. Libasci offered encouraging words for the new proposal: “Trinity High School enjoys a special place in my heart, as it is one of the first places I visited in the Diocese of Manchester, and I was so warmly welcomed by the students and faculty and staff. Trinity’s excellent reputation as a quality college preparatory school is well known, but what makes Trinity so unique and special is that it provides the atmosphere and encourages students to grow in the faith and to use the gifts and talents that God gave them to serve others, especially the most needy among us. I am committed to providing the energy and resources necessary to ensure Trinity High School thrives for many years into the future.”

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.

For more information about Trinity High School, please visit www.trinity-hs.org.

For more information about Saint Joseph Regional Junior High School, please visit www.stjoesjrhs.org.