Newport News Public Schools update for June 2019

NNPS named a 2019 Best Community for Music Education district

Gildersleeve Middle School band students

Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) is again recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. NNPS is one of 623 school districts across the country recognized for its music education program and one of only 18 in Virginia. The designation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders, who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

NNPS offers music instruction beginning in kindergarten. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to music through the use of songs, movement and instruments. In middle school, students may take band, orchestra or chorus and join performance ensembles. NNPS high schools offer more than 15 music courses, including Advanced Placement Music Theory. High school ensembles perform numerous concerts each year.

NNPS has earned this recognition for the fourth consecutive year.

NNPS home to National Plant Manager of the Year

Keith Webb (left) at the 2019 National School Plant Management Association Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Keith Webb, executive director of plant services, has been named 2019 National Plant Manager of the Year by the National School Plant Management Association.

Webb manages the maintenance, repair, renovation and construction of four million square feet of space, 130 acres of grounds and 75 facilities.

During his tenure, Webb has led the school division’s energy efficiency initiatives. NNPS completed one 12- year energy performance contract and has launched another 15- year contract, which allows the school division to complete many needed capital improvements while lowering energy costs.

“Keith understands how important it is for every instructional space to be available for use by our students and staff every day, and he directs the work of his staff to make that a reality,” said Mary Lou Roaseau, NNPS assistant superintendent.

Webb manages a department of more than 300 dedicated employees and shares his expertise with colleagues locally and nationally through Plant Service Manager organizations and other associations. He has served Newport News Public Schools for 27 years, climbing the ladder from assistant maintenance supervisor to executive director of the department. As a result of his leadership, NNPS has received many awards and recognitions.

American School & University and the National School Plant Management Association created the National School Plant Manager of the Year award to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the school plant profession, as well as community involvement and dedication to improving the physical environment and promoting its importance to the education process.

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