By Jay Lamm
LOUISBURG — As the Franklin County Board of Education continues to search for an interim and a new superintendent, it has selected a new assistant superintendent for human resources.
Dr. Cheryl Benson was hired after a closed session during a specially called meeting July 11.
Benson has been the assistant superintendent of human resources for Hoke County Schools for the last seven years.
“I’m excited to welcome Dr. Benson to Franklin County. Her previous seven years of experience as an assistant superintendent for human resources and her background as a classroom teacher and principal makes her a tremendous asset to Franklin County Schools,” Board of Education Chairman Gil Johnson said.
Previously, she served as a principal for 15 years in elementary, middle and high schools in Granville, Harnett, and Randolph counties.
Benson received an educational specialist certification from N.C. State University and a degree in business education from Appalachian State University.
She earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Benson said Tuesday she is looking forward to coming back to this area to work and get involved in the community.
“I used to work in Granville County, and my son lives in Franklin County,” she said.
“And, I have two grandchildren attending Franklin County schools.”
Her official start date will be Aug. 1, but Benson said she will be coming in a few days over the next couple of weeks to get organized and get a feel for her new position.
Her contract is through June 30, 2016.
Benson is replacing Lyn Henderson, who retired June 30.
Interviewing for an interim superintendent began during a specially called meeting July 15.
After a two hour closed session, Johnson announced that no action was taken.
“We have not gotten to a point to make a decision and are continuing to move forward on choosing an interim superintendent,” Johnson said.
The next school board meeting will be July 22, 7 p.m, at the Riverside Campus, West River Road, Louisburg.