FCPS superintendent taking leave of absence

Published 7:59 am Friday, July 16, 2021

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Dr. Tamara Sterling, superintendent of Franklin City Public Schools, has been granted a personal leave of absence effective Friday, July 16, until Tuesday, Aug. 30. 

Tamara Sterling

A school division news release continued by stating that this announcement was made by the FCPS School Board during its meeting on Thursday, July 15.

During Sterling’s absence, Dr. Michael Thornton will serve as division administrative supervisor, representing the superintendent’s office. Thornton will be responsible for the day to-day operations of the division until Sterling’s return on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Michael Thornton

Thornton brings 34 years of service in public education. Prior to his retirement in January 2020,  he served four years as superintendent of Surry County Public Schools. During his career, Thornton served in a number of senior administrative positions with school divisions in Norfolk  City, Hanover County, Hampton City and Williamsburg-James City County. He holds a  doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech. 

“The FCPS team is busy this summer preparing for the return of students and staff for what  everyone believes will be a great school year, and I am excited to provide my support in this very important effort,” Thornton said. “I will continue to stay in contact with Superintendent Sterling during my time here.”