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Chausse Steps Down, Blanchet Named Dracut High Athletic Director

Jun 26, 2018 06:27PM ● By Bill Gilman

Trevor Blanchet, Dracut High AD

(Editor's note: The following information was released by Dracut Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone.)

After three successful years as Athletic Director for the Dracut Public Schools, Paula Chausse is stepping down. Mrs. Chausse was instrumental in leading the resurgence of athletic participation and success at Dracut High during her tenure. As a Dracut High student-athlete and eventual coach at Dracut High, her passion for passing on Middie Pride to current student-athletes was ever present.

 “Paula epitomizes Middie Pride. Her energy, high expectations for athletes and coaches, and esprit de corps reinvigorated the community, truly defining what it means to Bleed Blue,” said Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone. “It was a pleasure working with Mrs. Chausse. I know she had mixed emotions about moving on, but she is the victim of her success as a private business owner and needs to devote her energies there. I wish her well in her endeavors. She has left her mark on the Dracut Public Schools,” Stone added.

Trevor Blanchet (DHS Class of 2003) has been named the new Athletic Director, effective July 1. Mr. Blanchet, a history teacher at Dracut High since 2010, is a graduate of Emmanuel College (2007), where he majored in Secondary Education and History. He is also currently completing his Master’s studies in Athletic Administration at Endicott College.

 As a student-athlete at Dracut High, Trevor played football, basketball, and volleyball. He continued his athletic pursuits at the collegiate level, playing basketball and volleyball. Since his return to Dracut High, Trevor has coached football and girls’ volleyball.

Mr. Blanchet is a well-known face at Dracut High. He has been the advisor to the DHS Peer Mentor program since 2010, volunteers for a variety of events like the annual musical and scholarship telethon, and is ever present at a variety of athletic events. Whether running a clock, collecting tickets, or spending the past year as a site coordinator for the Athletic Department, Trevor is a ubiquitous presence.

In addition to the myriad duties of an athletic director, Trevor will have a reduced teaching schedule beginning in the fall so that he can have dedicated office hours during the school day to support students, teachers, and administrators.

“The ability to have a steady, on-site presence during the school day is exciting,” said Richard Manley, Principal of Dracut High School. “The value-added provided by Mr. Blanchet’s day to day presence in the school will provide an opportunity to build on the successes of the past few years,” added Manley. 
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