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CET Alum Lewis Named Newest Assistant Superintendent

Kevin L. Lewis, a civil engineering technology alumnus, has been named the assistant superintendent of the school district's Support Services Department.

The School Board officially appointed Lewis as the district's newest assistant superintendent at its meeting Tuesday. He replaces Jeffrey K. Platenberg, who left the position in December to serve as Fairfax County Public Schools' chief operating officer. Evan E. Mohler has served as the interim assistant superintendent in the department since January.

Lewis, 49, has been at the helm of the schools' construction department as the district faced record-breaking enrollment growth, and county leaders worked to build and open new schools as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Lewis has helped lead the construction of 32 schools, first as a construction project manager for Heritage High School in 2000.

Of his years in school construction, Lewis said his favorite moments are the ceremonies held to dedicate new schools. Months after a site was just dirt, concrete and steel, the school hallways bustle with students and teachers making it their own.

"There's nothing like walking into the schools to see you were a part of helping provide these students with a safe and clean place to learn," he said. "At these dedication ceremonies, you get to see why you've put all this work into it."

Along with the construction services, the department of Support Services also encompasses food services, transportation services, school safety and security, facility services and warehouse services.

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Published on: April 1, 2013