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Superintendent Reid Newey Announces Retirement

Davis School District Superintendent Reid Newey announced to district and school administrators today his intent to retire effective at the end of the school year.

Newey was appointed superintendent by the Board of Education and began serving on Dec. 1, 2016. He was the 18th superintendent to lead the Davis School District.

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“I thank all the outstanding, administrators, teachers and staff in Davis School District, as well as the exceptional school board members for their support and work over the past 5 years,” Newey said to all employees in an email. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Superintendent of Davis School District.”

In a statement, members of the Board of Education said: “The Board of Education would like to express our sincere appreciation to Superintendent Reid Newey for the work he has done on behalf of the students, teachers, staff members, and parents of Davis School District. During his five and half years as superintendent, he has led DSD through some of the most challenging times education has ever faced. Superintendent Newey has worked tirelessly to help our district improve in every area of education. We wish him well in his retirement and again thank him for his devotion to Davis District.”

Under his direction, the Davis School District built and opened its 10th high school, Farmington High School, which offers a 21st Century approach to personalized learning. He was instrumental in creating the Catalyst Center in Kaysville, which opens to students later this month. Through that magnet school, students, local business and industry mentors are brought together. The center is part of the nationally recognized CAPS Network (Center for Advanced Professional Studies).

Additionally, Newey continues to lead the district through a global pandemic. Because of his foresight to increase student access to technology and further develop online education, the district was able to move to an online environment when schools were closed to in-person learning in the spring of 2020. Davis Connect, the district’s fully online school was developed into a robust program, which served more than 7,000 students during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Newey’s tenure, Davis School District boasted the highest graduation rate of Wasatch Front school districts with 96 percent. He was at the helm when the district received its second systemwide accreditation.

With more than 30 years of experience in education, Newey began as a teacher at Clearfield High School. When appointed as superintendent, he was serving as an assistant superintendent for Weber School District. Early in his career he worked as an assistant basketball coach at Utah State University, and teacher and basketball coach at Weber and Fremont high schools.

In 1997, Newey earned his administrative endorsement and was named assistant principal at Weber High School. He went on to serve as a principal at North Ogden Junior High and then Fremont High School. Prior to his current position, Newey worked as the Career and Technical Education Director and the Executive Director of Secondary Education for Weber School District.

Newey was instrumental in developing Weber Innovation High School where he also served as its principal.

Newey holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in physical education and recreation from Utah State University. He was also named a High School Basketball All-American, served as team captain of the 1988-89 Utah State men’s basketball team, and played professional basketball in Belgium.

The Board of Education will meet to establish a timeline for the superintendent search.