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New principals named for Northside and William Byrd High Schools

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Published: Apr. 28, 2016 at 10:30 PM EDT
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On Thursday night, the Roanoke County School Board named Dominick McKee as the new principal of Northside High School and Tammy Newcomb as principal of William Byrd High School.

McKee use to be assistant principal of Northside until 2014.

"I love the kids, I love the community, I love the staff, so I can't wait to get back home," said McKee.

"With all that's been going on with Northside and with all that's been going on in the community, we wanted to make sure we got the right guy that's going to do a lot," said Tom McCracken, who is a member of the school board.

Tammy Newcomb was chosen as William Byrd High School's next principal. She is currently the principal of the middle school.

"My vision is to make William Byrd High School a 21st century school," said Newcomb. "Our students are prepared to be life long learners and employable when they graduate from high school."

McKee and Newcomb are moving into their new roles at a turbulent time. Earlier this month, threats were made to both of the schools. Two students are facing felony charges for the threats. The two new principals say it's time to move forward.

"It did affect all of us, but it didn't tarnish all of us," said Newcomb. "I think our community and our students are very good students and very good people and just because one makes a mistake, that's not who we are."

"It's all about getting back to normal and just being themselves because the kids are resilient, the staff is resilient and that's what Northside is all about," said McKee.

Both start their new roles on July 1st.