Omaha native placed on paid leave from job as Glenwood principal

“I feel very confident in my ability to do the job,” said Principal Kerry Newman. “I feel that Glenwood Community High School is a great place, and I'm ... confident I will continue to be part of that.”


The principal of the Community High School in Glenwood, Iowa, has been placed on paid leave. The reason has not been released.

Kerry Newman, a native of Omaha, was among three finalists for the School Administrators of Iowa's Secondary Principal of the Year award in 2012.

Reached at home Monday, Newman said she was confident she would be back at work soon. She said such leaves are necessary if an issue comes up that needs to be investigated, and not all that unusual.

“It is a process. I'm going to respect that as a professional and then move forward,” she said. “I myself put teachers on that leave as well, until I can try to sort out the information.”

Newman said she has been instructed not to talk about the reason for the leave.

“I feel very confident in my ability to do the job,” she said. “I feel that Glenwood Community High School is a great place, and I'm ... confident I will continue to be part of that.”

Glenwood Community Schools Superintendent Devin Embray was out of town at a meeting and unavailable for comment Monday.

Newman is a 1983 graduate of Omaha Benson High School and was inducted into its Hall of Fame last year. Her husband is a 1980 Glenwood graduate.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1310, andrew.nelson@owh.com

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