A new school year has begun at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, and with it comes a new principal.

Before the first bell rang, Principal Zach Allen spent the morning greeting students as they returned from summer break.

Allen said he is excited to be part of the Gorman family and looks forward to building relationships with students and families.

“We have a tremendous staff, they’re always here early and staying late,” he said. “We definitely want to make sure we’re providing a welcome atmosphere and students feel at home. We want to put our Christian faith at the center of everything we do.”

This year student body President Augustin D’Eramo plans to help with that charge to center faith by getting classmates to help him renovate the school’s prayer garden.

D’Eramo said he hopes to build a new sense of community at the school.

“I’m really hoping to build up that school spirit again,” he said. “I want to make it a fun year, but also make sure we’re doing what we need to do.”

Students weren’t the only ones looking to start the new year off right. A group of moms nicknamed the Gorman Guardians were meeting for a Wednesday prayer in the school’s chapel.

Kristina Paniagua said the group came together last year to pray for every student, by name, as well as for faculty and staff.

“It’s a nice way to just lift everybody up in prayer and keep God at the center of what we do,” she said.

The school will host its first Mass of the school year at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on Thursday morning.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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