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West High gets a new interim principal, while Salt Lake City School District investigates former leader

Students at West High School — who last month walked out of class when their principal was placed on leave — will have a new leader beginning Tuesday.

The school’s new interim principal will be Stacey Briggs, a 20-year veteran educator who has been with the Salt Lake City School District since 2018 as the director of Focus Schools.

Superintendent Lexi Cunningham, who made the announcement Monday in an email to West High parents and community members, said she was confident that Briggs could provide “strong leadership" at the urban school with a student population that is 64% minority.