|The 1982 FCHS graduate has been serving as interim superintendent since July|
Dr. Mark Church
Monday, December 10, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Dr. Mark Church is the new superintendent of Franklin County schools.
The school board voted unanimously Monday morning to offer the permanent position to Church, who has been serving as the interim superintendent since July.
Church was chosen from 10 applicants for the superintendent's position with the school division, including candidates from Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and other areas of Virginia.
After narrowing down the applicant pool to three candidates, the school board conducted interviews last week.
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, a master's degree in education (Educational Leadership) from Lynchburg College, and eventually obtained three graduate degrees from Virginia Tech (PhD. and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) and (M.S.Ed. in Vocational and Technical Education).
Church 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 was required by Virginia law to advertise the position and follow through with the application and interview process. The school board had six months from July 10 to hire a permanent replacement.