The Chambers County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rusty Newton as the system’s new Principal for Fairfax Elementary School. Mr. Newton succeeds the former Fairfax Principal, Ms. Beth Chandler who retired in June after a distinguished career in education serving schools in both Alabama and Georgia.
Mr. Newton’s appointment and transfer to his new position as Fairfax Elementary School Principal was approved at the CCSD Board Meeting conducted on Tuesday, June 14th. Mr. Newton officially transitioned into his new role at Fairfax on July 1st.
Mr. Newton is an experienced administrator having formerly served the CCSD as Principal at LaFayette Lanier Elementary School since 2014. Mr. Newton has a long history in education serving in Chambers County since first beginning as a 4th grade teacher starting out at Fairfax Elementary in 2000. He will begin his 23rd year in education this fall having worked at three different schools across the district. He is a native of Fairfax where having attended elementary school there as a child. He later went on to graduate from Valley High School in 1984 before earning his postsecondary degrees in education.
Currently, Rusty and his wife, Tracie reside here in Chambers County. The Newtons have two children, a daughter, Haley who teaches kindergarten at Huguley Elementary School and a son, Hunter who serves in the US Navy. Both of the Newton’s children also graduated from Valley High School.
Mr. Newton noted he was thrilled to have the recommendation from Superintendent Chambley and the approval by the board to serve as the new principal for Fairfax Elementary. Prior to his role as Principal at LaFayette Lanier Elementary, Mr. Newton served as an assistant principal at W.F. Burns Middle School from 2011 to 2014. Before beginning his role in school administration, Mr. Newton taught fourth grade at Fairfax from 2000 to 2011. Newton added “that this would be a neat experience going full circle in his career to return to Fairfax where he had formerly walked the halls as both a student and later as a teacher.”
He earned his B.S. degree in 1991 from Troy University in Business Management. In 1999, Rusty earned his M.S. degree in Education from Troy University. He then went on to earn his Administration certificate in 2006 from Troy University with an endorsement in Instructional Leadership.
Chambers County Schools Superintendent, Casey Chambley noted that the district will see Fairfax Elementary become the largest PK – 5th grade school in Chambers County due to the merger being completed with LaFayette-Lanier Elementary School. Mr. Newton will have many former students and staff from LaFayette-Lanier to join him on his move to Fairfax Elementary. The new enrollment at Fairfax with the merger taking place will see the number of students rise to nearly 650 when they return in August. Mr. Rusty Newton is excited for his new career challenge to lead the staff and students as the new Principal at Fairfax Elementary School and looks forward to seeing the students return on Monday, August 8th.