Dear Neighbors,


I am honored to serve as the Division Superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools and I do not take lightly the trust that you have in me and our faculty and staff to care for and educate our precious children.

Our employees work tirelessly to provide the best learning activities and environments for our children. Of course, I am not just talking about our professional staff. I mean all of our staff! Our transportation department transports our children millions of miles to and from school each year. Our custodians and maintenance staff keep our buildings in tip top condition. I challenge you to find a better maintained school campus anywhere in Virginia. Our secretaries handle a multitude of tasks at any given minute – all with a cheery disposition. Plus, let’s not forget about our teacher assistants, our nurses, our technicians, our cafeteria staff, our tutors, our substitutes and our social workers. Why are they all so wonderful? It is because they are all focused on doing the best for our children – every day.

We also have great students who continue to impress us with their talent and ability to learn even the most complex of subjects. Our schools and school system are continually recognized for excellence. For example, Snow Creek Elementary was chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School and one of only two schools in Virginia to receive National Title I School Recognition. In addition, Boones Mill Elementary, Burnt Chimney Elementary, Callaway Elementary and Glade Hill Elementary were honored for their distinguished achievement.

Franklin County Public Schools has a lot to offer all of our learners; however, you may not realize that we have a lot to offer the community as well. For example, we offer a high school diploma option and continuing education opportunities for our adult learners. I hope you will continue to support our academic, athletic, band and drama programs. Almost daily there are activities and volunteer opportunities where the public is encouraged to attend.

If I or any of our staff can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. Let’s have a great school year!


W. Mark Church, Ph.D.

Division Superintendent

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