|Church will apply for permanent superintendent post|
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The Franklin County School Board voted Monday night to advertise for the next 60 days to hire a permanent superintendent.
The position became vacant last month when the board voted 5 to 3 to terminate Charles Lackey's contract. The next week, the board appointed Dr. Mark Church, the schools' director of career and technical education, as interim superintendent.
Following the vote to advertise the position, School Board Chairman Ed Jamison turned to Church and asked, "You are going to apply for this, aren't you?"
Church said he will apply for the permanent post.
The school board is required by Virginia law to advertise the position and follow through with the application and interview process, according to Jamison. The school board has six months from July 10 to hire a permanent replacement.
Church, a 1982 graduate of FCHS, has worked as an administrator at Franklin County High School and career and technical director for 12 years.
He earned his bachelor's degree at James Madison University and eventually obtained four graduate degrees, one from Virginia Tech (education specialist), two from Lynchburg College (career/technical education and school administration), and a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech as an education specialist.
He was state director of the SkillsUSA program before moving back to Franklin County and into the position of director of career and technical education and building administrator at the high school.
"Dr. Church will do a great job," School Board Chairman Ed Jamison said last month. "With his credentials and his passion for our school system and students, we are very pleased to announce his appointment."
The board will buy out the remainder of Lackey's contract, which is set to end June 30, 2013. The total amount of the buyout is still to be determined by the attorneys for the school board and Lackey, Jamison said.