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Krueger leaving Newport Elementary School; Romano to take over

Newport Elementary School Principal Aaron Krueger recently notified families and students of the Newport community that he is leaving to take a principal's position in the Osseo School District.

After four years at the school, "it was an extremely difficult decision," he said in his letter to the school community.

In the 14th year of his elementary school principal career, Krueger said he has "been blessed to be part of such a great community" and has enjoyed his time at the school.

Kruegar, who lives in the Ham Lake area, has had a two-hour commute to Newport.

His new job, as a principal of a school with 900 students, is close to his home.

"I have shared that a family's dynamics are critical, and these words ring true for me, also," he said."

The new job will allow Krueger to be much closer to where he and his family live.

"Please know that the Newport Elementary School and community will always have a special place in my memory," he said.

The new school has a student population with similar demographics to Newport, Krueger said in an interview.

"As a man of faith," he said, "I've always thought that where I'm at is where I'm supposed to be."

Dave Bernhardson, assistant superintendent for elementary education, said Krueger has been a valued member of the of the Newport school community as well as a valuable member of the district's administrative team.

"He and his staff have accomplished great things, all with the intent of helping kids achieve success in their adult lives," Bernhardson said.

Romano to Newport

Krueger will be replaced at Newport Elementary by Rich Romano, who has been principal at Crestview Elementary School and Nuevas Fronteras Spanish immersion school, which share a building in Cottage Grove.

Bernhardson said a new principal will be hired for Crestview and Nuevas Fronteras.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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