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Newport Central Catholic has a new principal.
In a letter to the NCC community Ms. McGuire said, “Mr. Collopy has demonstrated his dedication to Catholic education with a focus on high expectations for student growth and achievement. As he prepares to return to Newport Central Catholic, he will bring with him the knowledge, passion, and experience needed to lead the school and ensure its continued growth and success.”
Collopy, a 2003 NewCath grad, commented, “Thank you to Bishop Foys, Kendra McGuire and the Newport Central Catholic community for their confidence in my leadership. I am very grateful for the opportunity to return to and to serve a place which is so special to me. I can’t wait to get started in working with students, staff, parents, alumni and all stakeholders to build on the strong traditions of the school to foster a culture of growth on The Hill.”
NCC School Board Chair Steve Halpin said, “We are thrilled to have Mr. Collopy as our next leader of Newport Central Catholic. The search committee created a template for an ideal candidate and Kenny absolutely checks all the boxes. I know the NCC community will support him as we move forward. We are grateful to Bishop Foys and Superintendent McGuire for their support and guidance.”
Current NCC Principal Ron Dawn said, “Mr. Collopy has a strong dedication to Catholic education and a desire to develop well-rounded students. This, fueled by his love for our school, is sure to bring continued success to our community.”
Presently, Collopy is in his second year as principal at St. Cecelia Catholic School. Previously, he taught at Newport Central Catholic for seven years and served as director of advancement and dean of discipline. Collopy earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and most recently a master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Collopy will fill the position left opened after Ron Dawn’s announcement of his retirement.
Mr. Collopy and his wife, Jenny, have three children with one on the way and are members of St. Catherine parish.