On September 18, 2023, Michael Barraco, a science, engineering and astronomy teacher at West Haven High School, was approved by the Board of Education to become the school’s new assistant principal. Barraco has taught at West Haven High School for 11 years and is excited about the opportunity to take on the new role. After the vote, Barraco expressed his excitement and humility, stating that his main goal is to guide and support students on their path to fulfilling lives and careers.
Of nine internal candidates, Barraco emerged as the best choice for the position, according to Superintendent of Schools Neil Cavallaro. Cavallaro praised Barak’s honesty, passion for teaching and commitment to community outreach. He believes Barraco will excel in his new role as assistant director.
In his letter of recommendation to the Board of Education, Cavallaro highlighted Barack’s previous experience as an operations manager for multiple ALDI store locations, which provided him with valuable management skills. In addition to his new role as assistant principal, Barako also serves as the school’s Title IX coordinator and coach of the girls’ tennis team.
West Haven High School Principal Dana Paredes expressed her satisfaction with Barak’s promotion, stating that she is happy to have him on the team. She believes that Barako will make a positive impact in her new role.
Brian Zahn has been a reporter for the New Haven Register, covering news and events in West Haven since September 2015. He focuses specifically on schools and education in the area.