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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Superintendent interviews to be conducted soon

Monday, November 19, 2012

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Franklin County School Board has received 10 applications for the superintendent's position with the school division.

Selected applicants will be interviewed in early December, according to School Board Chairman Ed Jamison.

"We are pleased with the pool of applicants," Jamison said. "We are confident we will find a well-qualified superintendent for our school division."

The school board has received applications from Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, Jamison said.

One of the applicants for the permanent position is Dr. Mark Church, who has served as interim superintendent since he was appointed by the board in July.

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.

The superintendent position became vacant in July when the board voted 5 to 3 to terminate the former superintendent's contract.

The school board is required by Virginia law to advertise the position and follow through with the application and interview process. The school board has six months from July 10 to hire a permanent replacement.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the new superintendent at its Dec. 10 meeting.

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