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Dallek Tapped to Lead Forest Park High School While Permanent Principal Sought

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — He spent 20 years Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge.

Now, long-time principal Roger Dallek has been called back out of semi-retirement to help neighboring Forest Park High School near Dumfries as that school finds a permanent principal.

Former Forest Park Principal Eric Brent, who served as the school’s top administrator from 2006 to 2014 and was awarded Prince William County’s Principal of the Year in 2009, recently accepted another job with Fairfax County Public schools.

Dallek will spend the summer overseeing administrative tasks for the school like hiring new teachers, a bookkeeper, and new coaches for the upcoming school year. He does not, however, expect to be the principal at the start of the school year come Sept. 2.

Dallek says his permanent replacement should be someone who is community minded and someone who likes to work with people.

“They need somebody with vision. I can remember when I first interviewed for Gar-Field…I said you gotta have a vision for what you want this school in this community to be 25 years down the road, not just now but years down the road,” said Dallek.

Because Forest Park specializes in information technology, having someone who can implement the curriculum effectively is also important, he adds.

Dallek went into semi-retirement when he left Gar-Field seven years ago. Since then he’s worked at various schools in Prince William on a temporary basis under the system’s Retirement Opportunity Program.

Over the next few weeks, Dallek will be focused on a few upcoming key events at Forest Park: a new teacher orientation, freshman orientation, and planning a back to school night for parents and teachers.

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