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updated 01.21.2009

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Middlesex High School principal resigns

Chris Valdrighi
The Middlesex County School Board accepted the resignation of Middlesex High School principal Chris Valdrighi on Tuesday, January 20. Valdrighi resigned for “personal reasons,” according to a statement released by the school board.

School superintendent Rusty Fairheart would not release Valdrighi’s letter of resignation to the Sentinel, stating that it fell under “personnel matters.”

Fairheart noted he is going to address the high school faculty regarding Valdrighi’s resignation this week. Fairheart said he had asked Valdrighi to talk with the MHS faculty, but Valdrighi had opted not to do this.

“I would like to personally thank Mr. Valdrighi for his commitment and dedication to the students and staff of Middlesex High School,” said Fairheart. “He was well liked by students and staff alike, and was instrumental in establishing a foundation for future success at Middlesex High School.  I wish him much success with all of his future endeavors.”

Valdrighi was hired in August of 2004. He replaced David Bridges, who resigned to become principal at Colonial Beach High School. 

Valdrighi was a highly-praised assistant principal at Essex High School before coming to MHS.

He earned his master’s degree in administration and supervision at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000 and has been working on his doctorate.

After the school board meeting, the Sentinel called Valdrighi’s home in Weems to offer him a chance to comment on his resignation. A message was left, but Valdrighi did not return the call.

Fairheart said MHS assistant principal Susan Leggett would become the school’s acting principal.

posted 01.21.2009

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