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USD 373 Announces New Building Administration
Posted 6/11/20

The Newton Public School Board of Education approved three new building administrative positions at the June 8 Board of Education meeting. These positions include a new assistant principal at the middle school and high school as well as a new head principal at Santa Fe 5/6 Center.


Chad NulikChad Nulik

The new assistant principal at Chisholm is Chad Nulik. He comes to USD 373 from Salina Public Schools where he was a student support coach. Overall, Nulik has been in education for 19 years and was previously a theater teacher.


“Having been in education for the last nineteen years I have found building relationships with students, teachers and community members has prepared me for a leadership role,” Nulik said.  “As a theatre teacher, I worked with students from diverse backgrounds”


Nulik grew up in Mulvane, Kan. He has a master of educational administration from Emporia State University and a bachelor of science in education from Emporia State University. He is replacing Joey Menninga who will be the head principal at Chisholm next year.


Ben ReedBen Reed

Newton High School’s new assistant principal is Ben Reed. Reed comes to USD 373 from Wichita Public Schools. During his first four years there, he was a science teacher and opportunity program specialist. As an opportunity program specialist, he supported and facilitated innovative programming that promoted an increase in opportunity and student achievement for at-risk students. Most recently, he held the position of district instructional support specialist, where he supported 20 schools and about 115 teachers, managed curricula adoptions, established a vision for the trajectory of their science department, facilitated a teacher leadership course and continued to run many of the innovative at-risk programming offered across the district.


Reed has been a resident of Newton since 2004. Recently, he and his family have moved to the country but still plan to be involved in the community. As the new Career and Technical Education Director, he is excited to continue the rich legacy of CTE opportunities offered in USD 373 and to partner with local business and industry to better serve students and community.


Reed earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is dedicated to being a life-long learner and plans to continue his educational journey in the future. The district added a principal position at Newton High School so that principal was able to focus solely on the CTE program.


Deana WaltripDeana Waltrip

Santa Fe’s new principal will be Deana Waltrip. Waltrip was previously a building PreK-5 principal at USD 268 Cheney.


Waltrip has more than 20 years of education experience and many of those were with fifth and sixth graders. Her first role was as a special education teacher.


“I am excited to join the team and work for Newton School District,” Waltrip said.  “I immediately felt the positivity of the staff with a student-first mindset and innovative thinking during the interview, and I knew that I wanted to work at Santa Fe.  I was very impressed with both the administrative and teacher teams I met.  I look forward to the new experiences, challenges and relationships Newton School District will provide.”


Waltrip has a master of education leadership from Wichita State University and a bachelor in Elementary Education from Emporia State University.