The South Washington County School District didn't have to go far, or wait long, to fill its vacant Newport Elementary principal position.

Rich Romano, currently the principal at Crestview and Nuevas Fronteras elementary schools in Cottage Grove, will succeed Aaron Krueger, who took a job this summer in the Osseo School District.

Nuevas Fronteras is a K-5 Spanish immersion program that shares a site with Crestview at 7830 80th St. S. in Cottage Grove, about 4½ miles from Newport Elementary.

As part of his new assignment, Romano also will oversee the district's federally funded Title I programs.

"I asked to be considered for the principal position at Newport because of the special qualities of the Newport community and because the position includes coordination of District 833's elementary Title I programs," Romano said in a news release. "I have always worked with Title I schools and communities throughout my career, and I have a great passion for this type of programming."

He had been principal at Crestview and Nuevas Fronteras for six years.

Dave Bernhardson, assistant superintendent for elementary education in South Washington County, said in the news release that Romano's "personable and charismatic personality, along with his passion for students and learning, will serve Newport well." He is expected to begin work early this month.

The district said it plans to fill the Crestview/Nuevas Fronteras vacancy in a "timely manner."


Preschoolers get iPad access at academy

New Life Academy, a Christian college preparatory school in Woodbury, is integrating iPad technology into its preschool curriculum, the school announced recently.

"We're living in a fast and rapidly changing world of technology, and it's important for our students in the early childhood programs to develop iPad skills," teacher Jennifer Rabedeaux said in a news release.

The iPad applications now being used by the school are fun and instructional, she said. For example, some include the sounds that animals make and counting games.

New Life Academy, 6758 Bailey Road, has preschool programs for children ages 3-5.

Anthony Lonetree