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Newman to lead Colonial Beach schools

King George Middle School Principal Kevin Newman will become superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools on Aug. 1.

The Potomac River town’s School Board approved Newman’s hiring during Wednesday evening’s meeting.

The top school position has been vacant since Superintendent Kathleen Beane resigned last month to take a post with Caroline County schools.

Newman is no stranger to the Colonial Beach school system.

Before taking the job as King George Middle’s principal in July 2011, he served as Colonial Beach Elementary School principal for five years.

After his introduction at the meeting, he thanked the School Board for the opportunity to lead Colonial Beach Public Schools, a system he said he takes pride in.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Through his passion for the school system he hopes to bring “a positive atmosphere of accountability.”

“Our schools will soar academically,” he said.

School Board members all showed their support for Newman and his enthusiasm for the beach town’s schools.

“We had some really good candidates and you were certainly the best of our candidates,” said School Board member Wayne Kennedy.

Newman will earn an annual salary of $94,400 under the contract, which runs until June 30, 2017.

Newman’s return comes at a time when the school system with an enrollment of almost 600 students faces some tough issues.

After months of debate, the Town Council agreed to pay to the move of elementary school students to the high school campus after a fire in January at the former high school put their modular classroom in a collapse zone. The modular units won’t be ready for students until November, School Board Chairman Tim Trivett has said.

Overall, funding the school system has created turmoil between school supporters and residents concerned with cuts to the town’s general fund budget.

Regina Weiss: 540374-5417; rweiss@freelancestar.com

 

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