FARMINGTON — Reid P. Newey has been selected to be the Davis School District superintendent of schools.  

The announcement was made at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 1. 

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve Davis School District,” Newey said.

Newey is the assistant superintendent for the Weber School District. His new position is effective Dec. 1.

“After a nationwide search, it’s interesting to me we found someone in our own backyard,” board member Julie Tanner said.

Newey has 28 years of experience in education, starting as teacher at Clearfield High School and going on to serve in administrative positions at Weber High, North Ogden Junior High and Fremont High. He has also worked as the career and technical education director and executive director of secondary education for the Weber School District.

“He’s a man we can look up to at 6-foot-5,” board member Kathie Bone said, laughing along with the rest of the board.

Newey said he considers himself a high-energy leader.

“Every day I’ve been passionate to get to the office,” Newey said. “I love kids and like Julie (Tanner) talked about, they’re the future and I want to live there. I want to make the future as bright as possible for our students.”

Out of 29 applications for the position, 17 were deemed complete by the board and considered for the job. The board then interviewed 10 candidates for the position during closed meetings in mid-October.

Of the initial 29 applicants, seven were from within the Davis School District and all of those were interviewed.

“Everybody brought something to the table that was good and refreshing,” board member Larry Smith said.

Newey has a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in physical education and recreation from Utah State University, according to a district news release. He was an all-state basketball player at Roy High and an all-conference player at Utah State.

Newey is replacing Bryan Bowles, who left his position as the district’s superintendent Sept. 1. Craig Carter, the district’s business administrator, has been serving as interim superintendent.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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