Parents of students at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School (CVR) learned last week that principal Anick Leclerc will be moving on to replace former CVR principal Brigitte Barrette at Gault Institute, who is taking a one-year leave of absence.
The move may have come as a surprise to some, but New Frontiers School Board director general Rob Buttars says it has, in fact, been several weeks in the making. He says Leclerc was a “perfect fit” for Gault Institute, and the selection process is underway to find her successor at CVR. The goal is to have someone in place by March break; however, Buttars admits, “We don’t know yet if it will be an interim position.”
A CVR graduate, Leclerc began her teaching career at Gault Institute in 1998, where she taught English for over 15 years. She served as principal at Heritage Elementary from 2014 to 2017, before she was named vice-principal and then principal at CVR. “This new assignment brings me lots of joy and hope as I write the final chapters of my career,” wrote Leclerc, in a letter sent to CVR students and parents. “It is with excitement and optimism that I return to my home base to take on new professional challenges,” she continued, noting the high school will continue to hold a special place in her heart.