By Amaris Castillo
DRACUT -- Dracut Public Schools has a new athletic director.
Trevor Blanchet, who has taught history in the school district for a decade, will begin his new post on July 1. He replaces Paula Chausse, who is stepping down after three years to devote more time to her private business.
"I'm very excited," Blanchet, 33, said. "I've worked closely with the past athletic directors and I'm excited to get started and put my own mark on Dracut athletics."
According to a release issued by the district, Blanchet is a Dracut High alumnus who was a student-athlete during his time at the school, having played football, basketball, and volleyball. At the collegiate level he played basketball and volleyball, and at Dracut High he's coached football and girls' volleyball.
Blanchet's new responsibilities will be overseeing budgeting, personnel, and other aspects of the department.
"I'm very excited for Mr. Blanchet to be in the position. He's a teacher in the building and, when you have that connection with the students and the teachers and the parents, that's a great plus for the position," Richard Manley, Dracut High School principal, said. "The last two athletic directors were great in their role, but they didn't have that advantage of working full-time in the building."
Due to his new role, Blanchet will have a reduced teaching schedule beginning this fall so that he can have dedicated office hours during the school day to support students, teachers, and administrators, according to the release.
The yearly stipend for his new role is $12,500.
According to Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone, about a half dozen people applied for the job.
"He is ever-present at Dracut High School," Stone said of Blanchet. "He's been involved in athletics since his arrival, as a coach and as someone who has supported the athletic department consistently in all of his tenure."
Blanchet, who grew up in Dracut, said Dracut athletics has a storied history.
"I'd like to see that continue not only with the success on the sports field but with the students themselves, seeing them succeed in the classroom and after high school," he said.
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