NEWPORT — Elaine Collins was announced Wednesday as the new superintendent for the SU, succeeding longtime superintendent John Castle. Collins will assume the duties on July 1 of this year, when Castle’s tenure draws to a close. A Northeast Kingdom native, Elaine has been working in the Vermont educational field, in a variety of roles, for 32 years. She started out in various support staff roles, then moved into teaching before transitioning into educational leadership through consulting work and then as a school principal, which she has done for the past 12 years. Elaine is currently the principal at Newport City Elementary School. On Thursday, Collins, in an email, “I am so appreciative of the support and confidence that the NCSU community has extended to me in hiring me for this position. John Castle has done an exceptional job of leading our district through unprecedented times, yet our work in dealing with COVID and its aftermath will continue to be one of our biggest challenges.” She said, “I look forward to working with everyone… and I am thankful for the opportunity.” Collins is now in her 11th year as an elementary school principal, having served earlier as the principal of Brownington Central School and at present at the Newport City Elementary School. She is a 1986 graduate of Lake Region High School.