Benson Selected as Stafford County Schools Superintendent
STAFFORD, Va. — Stafford County’s new schools superintendent comes from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Dr. Bruce Benson will take charge of the county schools on April 1, 2014. He was appointed to the new position last night.
Here’s more in a press release:
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the SCPS community. I look forward to providing continued support for the good work already underway in the schools, as well as helping the school community chart a course for the next generation of excellence. I appreciate the clearly visible efforts to ensure students in the county have access to a comprehensive school experience, embracing and supporting academics, arts, career preparation, and athletics,” he said.
He has served as the superintendent in Accomack since 2011. During his tenure, he led the development and implementation of a new vision, mission, goals, and supporting strategic plan, charting a new course for the future of the division. Accomack County Public Schools serve more than 5,000 students in 11 schools.
Prior to joining Accomack County, Benson served as assistant superintendent in Albemarle County Public Schools from 2006 to 2011. He held the director of technology position in Albemarle from 1999 to 2003 and served as executive director for curriculum, instruction and technology from 2003 to 2006.
In 1983, he began his education career in Franklin City Public Schools in Franklin, Virginia, where he taught chemistry, biology, and computer science courses until 1990. In 1990, he was appointed as the Division’s technology coordinator.
Benson replaces Dr. Randy Bridges, of North Carolina, who spent nearly three years working at the county schools chief. Bridges said he resigned because he wanted to spend more time with family in North Carolina.
During his time in Accomack County, Benson kept a blog about educational issues.
Accomack County has five elementary schools, two middle schools, and four high schools. A larger school division, Stafford County has 17 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and five high schools.