The Board of School Committee last night approved Richard Dichard as the new principal of West High School. He will assume that role immediately.
Dichard comes to West after four years as assistant principal at Central High School. He’s a familiar face to many faculty and staff at West, however; Dichard began his administrative career there as assistant principal in 2006.
“I had six great years at West,” said Dichard. “To become principal there is like going back home.”
Superintendent Debra Livingston praised Dichard’s leadership and commitment to making students the highest priority.
“Rick has always impressed me with his concern and care of our children and their education,” said Dr. Livingston. “I know he will be successful continuing the traditions and achievements of West High School.”
While he will deeply miss the students and staff at Central, he wants the West community to know that he’s excited for the opportunity to stay in his new position for years to come.
“My intention is to be their principal for as long as they will have me,” he said.
Dichard succeeds Chris Motika, who was principal since 2013 and resigned last month to take a position outside the district.