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June 14, 2018 e3communications
BUFFALO, NY – The Board of Trustees of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School today announced the appointment of James Preston Newton, Ed.D. as principal. Newton will succeed Linda Cimusz who was serving on an interim basis until a new principal was named.
“We are extremely grateful for Linda’s commitment to our school, especially during a tumultuous time in which we had to make some difficult decisions to get Bishop Timon back on track,” said Board of Trustees chairman Michael Burns. “The Board realizes that the selection of a new principal will determine the future of our beloved school and in Jim
we have a highly qualified individual with an outstanding record of accomplishments that will serve our current and future student body of young men.”
Newton was most recently the Superintendent of Schools of the Tonawanda City School District from 2013-2017. Prior to retiring from this position, he was a secondary school principal from 1998-2013 in the Tonawanda City School District and was a middle school assistant principal from 1996-1998 in the Amherst Central School District. He recently served as interim principal of Frontier High School in Hamburg, NY and also is currently an adjunct professor at Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.
After receiving his Masters of Science Degree in Education from the State University College at Oswego in 1986, Newton was a teacher of technology in the Geneseo Central School District and from 1987-1996 a technology teacher in the Clarkstown Central School District in West Nyack, NY. During this period Newton was coordinator
of the Technology Student Association of New York State which is affiliated with the State Education Department from 1985-1990.
Dr. Newton received his Doctor of Education from D’Youville College. The focus of his research was using non-verbal intervention strategies to reduce low-level violent behaviors in schools. He strives to promote a positive school climate for all students.
“I am very excited about this opportunity while realizing the challenges confronting the school,” said Newton. “At the same time, I know the long and rich tradition of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and the commitment and dedication of the Board of Trustees and other stakeholders and their determination to restore this tradition is the primary reason I want to come out of retirement and continue my career.”