New high school principal hired

Newton Now Staff

The Newton School District approved hiring Caleb Smith, an assistant principal and athletic director at Valley Center  High School to be the head principal at Newton High School.

The board approved the hire at a special meeting Tuesday night.

According to the Valley Center District website Smith has worked in education since 2008 and in the Valley Center School District since 2013. He said he’d served as assistant principal there for about four years. Before that he worked in the Derby School District.
Newton Now reached out to Smith who said he was glad to get to know the Newton community and start his new job as principal.
“I just strive to do my best to serve the people that I work with,” he said.  “I’m going to do my best to help our students and teachers be successful.”
He said he planned on getting immersed in the city and help do his part to contribute to the community.
Smith graduated from KSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education and from Emporia State University with a Master’s Degree in School leadership.

Smith replaces Lisa Moore, whose departure was approved at a March 23 board meeting. Moore will finish out her year with the district on June 30.
Moore began work with the Newton School District in 2004 and was hired as principal in 2017.

” I am incredibly grateful to have worked in the Newton schools for the past 16 school years as a teacher , as an instructional leader, and as an administrator,” Moore stated. “I will miss the people with whom I worked, but I will especially miss the students and the families of NHS. The building principal job is extremely time-consuming and now it is time for me to give back to my family. Thank you Newton!”


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