1st day for new Fenwick High School principal

Blane Collison, new principal of Middletown’s Fenwick High School, started work Monday.

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Blane Collison, new principal of Middletown’s Fenwick High School, started work Monday.

Monday marked the first day at work for the new principal of Fenwick High School.

Blane Collison, principal of Archbishop Moeller High School in northern Hamilton County for the past 14 years, started his tenure at the Catholic Middletown high school near the western border of Warren County.

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“Fenwick has a proud tradition of forming students in faith, knowledge and service,” stated Collison. “I look forward to continuing to build on the rich history of the school’s success, and working with faculty and staff to strengthen every aspect of a Fenwick education for the benefit of every student.”

Collison has 23 years of experience in Catholic education.

He succeeds Andrew Barczak, who announced his departure earlier in the year.

At the recent 65th Annual Fenwick Festival, Collison was introduced to the community and had the opportunity to network with his new Fenwick family.

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A top Fenwick official said Collison’s leadership will be a breath of fresh air for the school that has been in limbo since the resignation of Barczak.

“This will be my fourteenth year at Fenwick High School,” said Assistant Principal Jason Umberg. “The school and community are in good shape, with great momentum moving forward. In the short time I have gotten to know Blane, I look forward to working at his side as we continue to make Bishop Fenwick High School the pinnacle of student growth in spiritual and academic (areas).”

Fenwick’s enrollment of more than 530 students returns to classes on Aug. 15.

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