Longtime principal says goodbye to DDSS

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Alison High will bid farewell to Delhi District Secondary School this fall.

The Grand Erie District School Board recently shifted some of the administrative duties at the secondary level. As such, High will start the school year as principal of Simcoe Composite School while Marc Dulmage, former Port Dover Composite School principal, will take the head position in Delhi.

“It is a very mixed thing,” said High in a telephone interview. “I’ve been at Delhi for a long time but this is a new challenge.”

High started at DDSS in 1999 as a teacher. She was promoted to administrative duties in 2006. She left Delhi to go to North Park Collegiate Vocational School for one semester.

She returned to Delhi in 2007.

“It is a tough thing to leave behind,” she said.

High was promoted to principal in 2010, in the wake of the Norwich District High School closure. She saw DDSS transform from a school on the brink of closure to a school busting with displaced Norwich students.

In the fall, she will see a similar situation in Simcoe, as former PDCS start their first full year as Sabres.

“The transition there is very similar,” said High. “I am hoping some of the experiences I have will help and help build a sense of community.”

Dulmage was most recently principal of PDCS, a post he started in 2009. The school closed at the end of January due to declining enrollment.

With the shift in administration, Simcoe’s former principal, Dave Abbey, has been promoted to assistant superintendent of education assigned to secondary schools.

Abbey was the principal at Valley Heights Secondary School before taking the helm at SCS.

Sarah Doktor

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