Board Of Education

Ms. Ramona Malone, School Board Chair

Ramona Malone is a former resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. After marrying George “Mike” Malone in 1985, he asked her to move back to his hometown of Newport, where her love for this city developed through her husband’s love for his hometown and the warm welcome she received from her neighbors. Ms. Malone is a graduate of Woodward High School; and attended the University of Cincinnati and Southern Ohio College. Ramona pursued a career as an insurance professional and earned an SCLA (Senior Claims Law Associate) degree. Ms. Malone worked in the Insurance Industry for over twenty years and as a Senior Claims Specialist, Ramona was required to obtain and review the facts of each case in order to make the right decision; an attribute she plans to use to make the right decision for Newport Schools. Ramona is the mother of four children and all four have graduated from Newport High School. Along with being an active advocate for the NIS district, Ramona has a personal stake in the success of our school district as a resident of the Newport community. Ms. Malone is very excdited about her appointment as School Board Chair and is looking forward to this opportunity to serve our children and the communtiy.


Dr. Julie Smith Morrow, School Board Vice-Chair

Julie Smith-Morrow grew up in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin, lived in Puerto Rico and raised her children in Arizona and Texas. She moved to Newport with her husband, John, over 13 years ago and fell in love with the friendly people, community spirit and vibrant neighborhoods of her new hometown.  Julie is a graduate of Brookfield Central, which is a public high school in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  She earned a B.S. in Agronomy; Crop Science; and a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from Texas Tech University.  Julie is the mother of three sons, living in Texas and South Carolina, and all her children attended and graduated from public schools.  She served for over 20 years in leadership positions with Goodwill Industries in Lubbock, Texas; the Freestore Foodbank; and Dress for Success in Cincinnati.  Julie is currently a student with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and is working to earn her educational certificate and planning to become a board certified genealogist and offer services locally.  Julie has a deep seated and personal commitment to women, children and families.  She is very passionate about helping people put food on their tables, send their children to good schools, and become economically independent.  Ms. Smith-Morrow has served as a member of the Newport Board of Education since 2007, currently as the Board’s Vice Chair; and as a member of the Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors since 2014.  Her commitment to education is driven by a belief that education is the true key to success


Ms. Melissa Sheffel, School Board Member

Originally from Eastern Ohio, Melissa moved to Newport in 2000 following her marriage. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and works as a freelance writer and communications consultant.   Melissa has two sons at Newport Intermediate School, where she is also president of the PTO and volunteers as a reading tutor. She previously served as PTO president and member of the Site-Based Council at Mildred Dean Elementary and on the 2009 District Planning Committee. She also previously served as Secretary for the Clifton Neighborhood Group and the Newport Citizen's Advisory Council, and as a member of the Newport Recreation Commission.  Melissa is a 2009 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and strongly believes parent involvement plays a major factor in the success or failure of Newport's schools. She encourages every parent to 'up' their involvement just one extra notch and watch the tide begin to turn.

Ms. Theresa Miller, School Board Member

Theresa Miller was born and raised in the Marine Corps.  Her home town was Frankfort, Kentucky where she worked in the Kentucky State Government for several years, then moved to Northern Kentucky and went to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Contracts Management; Facilities Management; Information Research Management; and Budget.  Theresa is a graduate of Franklin County High School and is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University where she is working on her degrees of Political Science and English.  Ms. Miller decided to serve on the School Board after being retired from the Federal Government of 30 years of service.  She feels that she needs a challenge.


Mr. Matthew Scott, School Board Member

Matt Scott is a lifelong resident and 1996 graduate of Newport High School.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Northern Kentucky University in 2000 and has worked in the Finance Industry since completing his coursework.   Matt’s wife is also a Newport graduate and has 2 daughters, one of which currently attends Newport Intermediate School.  He has served as PTO Treasurer and on School Council at Newport Primary School in the past.  Matt is excited about the opportunity to serve our community, schools and especially our children.  


Regular Board Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month; except for November (18th) and December (16th).

Board Work Sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month -   November and December months will not have work sessions.