Mark W. Karagus, who is leaving his job as principal of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, will serve as interim principal at Staples High School for the 2015-16 academic year, Superintendent of Schools Elliot Landon announced Friday.

“Karagus will serve for a period of one year while we begin the active search for a permanent replacement for the retiring current principal, John Dodig,” Landon added. At the end of the academic year, Dodig retired as the school’s top administrator for 11 years.

Karagus’ one-year contract as Trinity Catholic’s principal was not renewed earlier this month by school officials in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport.

Karagus, 64, of Trumbull, has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in school counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership, Landon noted.

“Having served for many years as a guidance counselor, assistant principal, housemaster and, most recently, as principal of Trinity Catholic High School, Dr. Karagus brings to us more than 37 years of experience as an educator and administrator in the state of Connecticut,” Landon said in the statement.

“Our search for a permanent building principal will get underway early during the first semester of the school year and will be comprehensive and very professional,” Landon added. “It is anticipated that the selection process will bring the best possible candidate to Staples High School for the start of the 2016-17 school year.”

Karagus is a sports enthusiast who enjoys playing golf and has been a basketball official for the last 40 years, according to the Trinity Catholic website. He also enjoys collecting sports memorabilia and antiques from the 1950s and ’60s, it said.

Karagus could not be reached Friday for comment.