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He's tall and sturdy, with a kind face and kind demeanor.
Norton closed the door on a 16-year career as a teacher at a public high school to lead the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system's new classical school, set to open in 2016-17. On a recent July morning, Norton was arranging his temporary office and organizing papers as he begins a year of determining curriculum, hiring staff and attending to the details that come with his new title.
St. John Paul II Classical School will instruct pre-kindergartners to fourth-graders, with plans to add one grade per year to ultimately serve students through eighth grade. It will be housed in the St. Joseph School site on 12th Avenue.
"The goal is to have our school fall into the scholarly tradition the Catholic schools had at one time," Norton said. "We want education to serve as a bridge between faith and reason; a return to a system that's much more language based."