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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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School board extends Lackey's contract
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Charles Lackey

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Charles H. Lackey, who has been superintendent of Franklin County schools for four years, will remain in the job for at least three more years.

The Franklin County School Board voted Monday night to approve an update of Lackey's contract that calls for two years to be added to the one year still remaining from his current contract.

His current contract extends through the 2010-2011 school year. Lackey has been Franklin County's superintendent since July 1, 2006.

Lackey, a Martinsville native, was superintendent of schools for five years in Laurens County, S.C., before coming to Franklin County.

Lackey said he is pleased with the contract extension, and he looks forward to more years in the Franklin County post.

Evelyn Cundiff, chairwoman of the school board, said that the decision to extend the superintendent's contract was unanimous.

During his 37-year career in education, Lackey has worked in school divisions in Danville, Charlottesville, Albemarle County and Middlesex County, all in Virginia.

He was principal of George Washington High School in Danville from 1989 to 1996.

During Lackey's years as superintendent, Franklin County has ranked in the top 10 percent of school divisions in Virginia in test scores and academic performance.

All of Franklin County's schools are fully accredited because they have met all Standards of Learning requirements.

Lackey received a bachelor's degree from Furman University and a master's degree from Appalachian State University. He has a doctorate from the University of Virginia in educational administration and supervision.

Lackey has said that the overriding principle in his philosophy as an educator and superintendent is doing what is best for the kids.

"Schools do not exist for the teachers, the superintendent or the parents. They exist for the kids," he said. "We have to always do what is best for the kids."

As a superintendent, Lackey said he has an eclectic and collaborative management style, drawing on different approaches on different issues. Lackey said he involves students and parents, as well as teachers and other school personnel, in decisions that affect the schools.

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