New principal, new dress code, new hope for turning around Newport High School

09/16/2011 05:27 PM

The Newport Independent School District, like the city of Newport, is in transition.

The high school is among the state’s lowest performers after three years of failing to show improvement with test scores. It is being watched closely, not just by anxious students and teachers, but by Kentucky education officials in Frankfort.

Both the high school and the district itself are under new leadership this school year.

And all of this is occurring in a city that’s also undergoing changes. Gone are the riverfront public housing projects. Now being built are swank new condos that seem to be attracting more retired couples than families with school-aged children. Many of those families have been steadily moving to the suburbs.

This is the first in an occasional series on the saga of Newport Independent and its high school as administrators, teachers and students try to turn them around.

- Reporting and Video by Don Weber

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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