- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:53
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Colonial Beach School Board members are very excited to welcome back former CB Elementary School Principal, Kevin Newman, as the new Superintendent of Colonial Beach Schools.
Newman will return to CB as the new Superintendent of Schools after being away three years. Newman left Colonial Beach Schools at the end of the 2010-2011 school year to take a position as King George Middle School Principal.
Newman is best known to CB residents for his loyalty and support of Colonial Beach Schools’ teachers and students.
Just before his departure from CB, Newman appealed to the School Board to not only provide adequate funding for all of his staff, but to give them a raise, in his “Bring back my 55” speech.
At the February 2011 School Board Meeting, then Elementary School Principal, Kevin Newman, addressed the board, saying, “I know the budget is totally out of our hands, but I’m here tonight to plead for my 55. I want them ALL back, and I know that’s asking a lot, but not only do I want them back, but I want them back with a raise, because they deserve it!”
Newman, who has always given his teachers and staff words of praise, made a plea to the School Board not to cut anyone from the Elementary School staff.
Newman said that his teachers work late and on weekends, not being paid for it. He said they work just as hard, if not harder, than King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania employees.
Newman said, rapping on the Lectern, “If you look at what these teachers have accomplished, it’s untouchable; you can’t compare them to those other counties. They’re better than those other counties!”
Newman closed by saying, again, “Help me bring back my 55!”
At the July 2014 meeting, Newman told the Board, “I’m thankful to the School Board for the opportunity to lead Colonial Beach Public Schools.
Newman said he is committed to bringing back the passion students and parents have for the “Black and Gold”, the School’s colors.
Working with the Board, Newman promised to bring “a positive atmosphere of accountability for academics, sports and how we treat our students. Our schools will soar academically,” he said.
Newman said he remembered in 2006 when applying for the job of elementary principal, the School Board looked at him, at 26 years old, like he was crazy when he told them Colonial Beach would be the best in the state, and five years later, CB Elementary School received the 2012 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award.
Newman promised the Board, last Wednesday, that the Colonial Beach School System will become the model for other schools. “People will start calling us, asking, ‘What are you doing, because your kids are soaring.’”
Newman told the Board he can’t wait to get started.
Newman’s three-year contract begins August 1. Until then, Director of Grants, Tracey Tunstall, will continue to hold the position of Acting Superintendent.