New FHS Principal Appointed By Board Of Education

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Cheryl Clark reacts as she is approved as the new Franklin High School principal by the Board of Education on April 28.

A 19-year education veteran from the Irvington school district was named the new principal of Franklin High School at the April 28 Board of Education meeting.

Cheryl A. Clark, most recently the principal of Irvington’s University Elementary School, was unanimously approved by the school board. The position carries a salary of about $130,000 per year, said board president Ed Potosnak.

Clark succeeds interim principal Thomas F. DiGanci, who served in that position for the last two years. State law prohibits DiGanci, who is immensely popular among staff, students and parents, from continuing in the position more than two years.

“I’m really excited,” Clark said after her appointment was approved. “Franklin Township seems to have a lot of things going on, and I feel that my skill set would be an asset to the district and also that what the district has to offer with the divertsity and the direction they’re going is an asset to me. It’s personal growth for me.”

Clark, an Irvington native, said she has worked at every level in a school district, from teacher, to the central office, to building principal.

This is the first time in her professional career that she is leaving Irvington, she said.

“It’s an experience for me,” Clark said.

Clark said that she plans to send an introductory letter to the community when she joins the district in July, and follow that with “a greet the principal for the community and for the students.”

Clark said she has yet to fully tour the high school, but she has been in the library.

“I’m really loving what I saw,” she said.

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