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Newport Schools Close to Naming New Principals

The Newport Board of Education met the new athletics director and high school football coach at its monthly meeting.

Joseph Wynn will be the new football coach and will be a teacher in the New Pathways program. He replaces Matthew Schmitz, who resigned after his second arrest in the past few years.

Wynn started coaching at Dayton High School soon after he graduated from the Greendevil program. He also coached at Holmes and Campbell County.

"I like this because it is a chance to make a difference with kids," Wynn told the board.

Mario Kirkendall is the new athletics director at Newport High School, where he will also teach physical education.

Kirkendall said he relates well to students, and told the board how he still has previous students call him as a reference when they apply for jobs. He explained how he has a captain squad where any junior or senior can come and talk to him about bullying.

"The integrity piece is really big with me," Kirkendall said.

Superintendent Kelly Middleton told the board that he would be presenting to the Kentucky School Board Association on Saturday about the district's home-visit program.

Middleton also said that interviews for the principal's job at the intermediate school went well and that an announcement on a new hire could come on Wednesday. Interviews for the principal's job at the high school are not as far along, but Middleton expects to have the job filled by the start of the new school year.

In other news, Middleton said that a program to provide a financial staff member to Southgate Independent Schools is progressing. He said that the process looks like it will be beneficial to both districts and save money.

Assistant Superintendent Amy Gilkison told the board that there will likely be between eight to ten new teachers in each school when the new year starts.

She also explained the new guidelines which are coming out from the state, saying that some will be in effect when the school year starts and some will not. The new categories of efficiency will be in effect, and as long as the district's graduation rate is above 80 percent, they will be in good shape.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor