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Important Personnel Announcement
Posted 03/20/2017 09:10AM

Dear West Catholic Preparatory High School Community,

As we are fully immersed in the spring semester, we find ourselves at a good place to reflect on both the successes of the past year and to anticipate what the future holds for our school community.

To this end, I am sharing information about a change taking place at West Catholic Prep at the close of this school year. Mr. James Gallagher, who has served our school community since May of 2015, will end his tenure as Principal on July 1, 2017 in order to pursue other career opportunities. We are thankful to Mr. Gallagher for his generous service and offer him prayerful best wishes in his future endeavors.

I would also like to express my gratitude to our Board of Directors and the Office of Catholic Education (OCE) for their support and guidance as we enter this time of transition. Both parties will collaborate on the search process for Mr. Gallagher’s successor, which will begin immediately.

This process will be national, regional, and local in scope as we seek a highly qualified leader who will assist in furthering the positive work done by school administrators and faculty in recent years. More information on the search process will be made public in the coming days. As the leader of this institution, you have my commitment that my team and I will work tirelessly to assure a successful transition as well as a continued bright future for our school and the young people we serve.


Mr. Paul Colistra


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