Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) has a new leader.
The School Board has named Kevin D. Newman the school division’s next superintendent.
He will replace Catherine Magouyrk, who announced her plan to retire in November.
Following Magouyrk’s announcement, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) began a nationwide search for MCPS’ new superintendent, according to a release.
Newman was one of 50 applicants.
“We were impressed with his commitment to work with a diverse student population, his passion for students and staff, and his high expectations for student achievement,” School Board Chairman Sanford Williams said in a release. “We also received great reports about his commitment and integrity from everyone we spoke to about him.”
Newman said he is looking forward to beginning his new position on July 2.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to work for a diverse school division that is deeply rooted in a STEM curriculum, providing contextual instruction for all students,” Newman said in a release. “During my brief visit to the schools, I was pleased to see the passion that the administrators have towards the development of a safe and secure learning environment, which promotes rigor and relevance.”
Newman plans to work alongside stakeholders to help students succeed academically.
“I look forward to carrying on the tradition of success already established in Manassas City Public Schools with a school board that is committed to and who understands the need for equity, and that is embraced by a supportive and collaborative community,” he said. “My family and I are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to become a part of Manassas City.”
Newman is the superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools (CBPS), a role he he has held for four years.
Prior to his current position, he was a principal at CBPS, Rockingham County Public Schools (RCPS) and King George County Public Schools (KGCS).
He also spent six years serving as a high school health and physical education teacher and special education teacher.
The Northern Virginia native received his bachelor’s in health and physical education from Bridgewater College and his master’s in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. He earned his doctoral in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.
Newman, his wife Angela and their two children will live in the City of Manassas.
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