No one in Newton-Conover City Schools or our community was prepared for the challenge we faced this week with the passing of Kevin Campbell, one of the finest educators and leaders in our state. Mr. Campbell embodied Red Devil Pride. He loved this district, NCHS, our kids, and this community. We never saw Mr. Campbell when he did not have a smile on his face. He was known for his full-bodied laugh and his personal relationships with students, staff, and community members. He was genuine, kind, and caring. He was the kind of leader we all strive to be.
It is times like this when the hurt is great that I am grateful for our Newton-Conover family. Speaking with students, parents, business partners, former students, and other community members over the past few days has reinforced everything I already knew about our school district and community – we truly are a family, and our primal instinct is to care for each other. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of our staff and our students for their displays of respect, kindness, and care for the Campbell family. The outpouring of love and support has been tremendous. Not only has our community bonded together to support each other through this time of sorrow, but our neighboring communities and school districts have reached out to us through flowers, cards, E-mails, Tweets, and phone calls.
As your superintendent, I want to share with you that I could not be more proud of our school district and of Newton-Conover High School. I am thankful to work with such an amazing group of educators, community members, and students. Although our hearts are heavy, we remain #newtonstrong. Please continue to keep the Campbell family in your thoughts and prayers.