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Stafford appoints new schools superintendent

W. Bruce Benson

Stafford County Public Schools’ new leader will take the helm April 1 – after guiding his current school division through its budget process.

W. Bruce Benson currently leads the Accomack County Public School system.

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, Va., where he taught chemistry, biology and computer science courses until 1990.  In 1990, he was appointed as the division’s technology coordinator.

School Board Chairwoman Stephanie Johnson said she was most excited about Benson’s experience in using technology in education.

Benson said that he and his wife look forward to becoming part of the Stafford community, which was a key part of the superintendent search. The previous superintendent, Randy Bridges, left the post early to be with his family who had stayed in North Carolina while he ran the Stafford school system.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the SCPS community,” Benson said. 

“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.”