Sanguinetti leaving Cathedral

Published 12:11 am Monday, January 4, 2016

NATCHEZ — The New Year will usher in at least one major change for Cathedral School, the departure of longtime Principal Pat Sanguinetti.

Currently, the school is accepting applications in preparation for when Sanguinetti leaves in June after 14 years in the head role at the school.

Sanguinetti’s last day is June 30, ending 14 years as the school’s principal.

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“He’s been a wonderful financial and spiritual leader for our school,” said Jennifer Smith, president of the Cathedral School Advisory Council.

Sanguinetti attended Cathedral when he was younger before returning to work as its principal.

“My favorite part is working with the students,” Sanguinetti said. “No questions about it.”

One of his proudest accomplishments during his tenure was the construction of the new middle school facility. The facility was the result of Cathedral’s Capital Campaign, a fundraising campaign for renovating and building facilities.

It’s only because he feels good about where the campaign is that Sanguinetti said he’s comfortable leaving. It’s time for new ideas to come in, Sanguinetti said.

“The school needs a change, and I need a change,” Sanguinetti said.

In the future, Sanguinetti said he hopes to serve in an administrative position at a school. But if he can’t find one, he intends to go back to the classroom as a math teacher.

“We’ll see where the next venture takes me,” Sanguinetti said.

Smith said she would miss Sanguinetti, not just as an administrator, but also as a friend.

“I hate to see him go, I really do,” Smith said. “I think he’s been wonderful for our school and our community.”

Advertisements are posted on both the National Catholic Educational Association and the Archdiocese of Jackson’s websites, and

Despite different deadlines on each advertisement, the deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

Smith said the Archdiocese of Jackson’s Superintendent of Catholic Education Schools screens applications before they are released, so she does not know how many applications have been received.

But after the deadline has passed and the applications are released to them, Smith said the interviewing process would start.

“I’d like to think that we’d be done by the end of the first quarter of the year,” Smith said.