The Jackson County School District is under new leadership. The district swore in their 24th superintendent Tuesday afternoon, followed by the swearing in of 2 school board members.
Steve Benton has been involved in the school system going on 41 years. He's been a teacher, a coach, a bus driver, an administrator, and is excited to take on the role as Jackson County School District's 24th Superintendent.
His family and community members joined him for his swearing in ceremony at the Russ House in Marianna. Benton says he has many goals he'd like to accomplish in his new role and one of them is boosting teacher morale. "It's been a little low in our county," Benton says, " And I'm looking forward to getting out, meeting with the teachers, and working with the teachers, and visiting the teachers, and administrators supporting their decisions and everything they're trying to do."
Later in the afternoon, the School Board of Jackson County swore in 2 members. Re-elected Kenny Griffins has served the past 16 years on the board and the oath he took today starts his 5th term.
Serving his first term is Stacey Goodson who was sworn in with his wife and daughter alongside him. He says he plans to work hard to do what's best for students, while making sure to be conscientious of taxpayers money. "Make sure we spend our tax payers money adequately and spend it on the right things and place the emphasis on our children and on their education so they can succeed in life," says Goodson.
Following the ceremonies was a re-organizational meeting and a regular board meeting with the new staff.