Benson thanked the board and said the LSSD principals, teachers and staff make his job easier every day. He said accepting the interim job was an easier decision knowing he would be working with an excellent group of administrators and staff.
I wouldnt want to do this job without the people in this room, he said.
When discussing the directors position, Jones said he wanted someone with experience and a history in the LSSD to hold the post.
Benson began his career with the LSSD as principal of Walter J. Baird Middle School. He became the Interim Assistant Director of Schools in August 2010 when then Assistant Director Randall Hutto was elected Wilson County Mayor.
In December 2010 Benson was named Assistant Director of Schools and has served in that capacity until the departure of Roberts. Benson has also served as a teacher, coach and administrator in Wilson County Schools.
When the board asked Benson if he wanted the interim job upon Roberts departure, Jones said Benson was a little hesitant, but accepted the position and has faced a few bumps along the way.
Hes had some difficulty, but hes overcome them very well, Jones said.
Benson said it was time to roll up their sleeves and get to work with the end of the school year approaching. Hes been discussing teacher evaluations with the districts principals and said all students are preparing to take their Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, tests.
Benson has a contract date of July 1 for the directors position, and will serve a three-year term in the position.
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