Bray named interim FCHS principal

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 09:24 PM.

The sudden announcement last week that newly hired Franklin County High School principal Yvette Lerner had backed out of the job left the district in a quandary, but Superintendent Nina Marks said she believes she has righted the ship.

In an email sent out Thursday evening, July 31, Marks notified staff that Lerner, who was hired June 19, had notified her that “regretfully she will be unable to fulfill her commitment to the Franklin County School District.” Marks said Wednesday that the matter concerned “a serious health issue.”

In her email, Marks wrote that she was placing Kris Bray as interim principal and Harolyn Walker as interim assistant principal, pending school board approval Thursday night, Aug. 7.

Marks said she expects both women to hold the positions throughout the year, if they are approved by the school board. She said the interim distinction is necessary, because a permanent replacement would require she begin the hiring process once again. Lerner, from Chipley, was among about two dozen applicants who applied to succeed Eric Bidwell as principal.

“I’m not going back to advertise,” said Marks. “We can’t lose the momentum. We don’t have the time to bring them up to speed with what they’ve been working on. We’re going to keep moving and everybody’s seems to be fine with that.

Both women have experience at the school, Bray as assistant principal last year, and Walker, a former teacher, as academic coach.

“I believe with the immediate changes we have a plan in place and we have momentum going,” said Marks. “We have welcomed 10 new people to our facility. They came in and met with the principal and me Monday. I think everything is positive, plans are in place and a lot of continuity is being carried on through the summer and into the fall

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