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Principal moving from South to North
Transfer effective at end of this school year
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Jeff Cheney. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

NORTH FORSYTH — A high school principal will move to another school within the district after the Forsyth County Board of Education approved the shift in an executive session Thursday night.

Jeff Cheney, principal of South Forsyth High since 2012, is set to become the leader of North Forsyth High at the end of this school year, district officials said.

He will succeed Beth Hebert, who has been at North for seven years, all of as principal, and is becoming director of human resources for the district.

Cheney previously worked as an assistant principal for five years at South. Prior to joining Forsyth County Schools, he was a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal in the Chatham County school district.

Born in upstate New York and raised in a small town near the Adirondack Mountains, Cheney played basketball at the State University of New York at Cortland.

His education career began in North Carolina. He then attended Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah to receive a teaching degree before getting an educational leadership degree from Georgia Southern University.

In an email to staff at North, he said he will visit the administration and campus Monday.

“We also plan to schedule time for me to visit your departments to hear from you as we continue to make plans for the 2015-2016 school year,” he wrote. “With that said, Dr. Hebert is committed to completing the school year with you as I am committed to finishing the year at South.”

He noted he and his family moved to north Forsyth last spring.

“We absolutely love this part of the county and completely understand what is drawing people to this area,” he said.

In an email to South’s staff, he reiterated his fondness for the campus.

“My family and I moved to Forsyth County so my sons could attend South,” he said. “I love this school and will always be grateful for the opportunities it has provided me and my two sons Kyle, class of 2012, and Evan, class of 2017.

“In a nutshell, I am ready for a different challenge and have always been the type of individual that embraces professional change.”

Superintendent Jeff Bearden will meet with South’s student advisory and local school council next week to receive feedback on the characteristics and qualities they want in their next principal.

The school board approved the opening of four principal positions last month due to transfers or retirement. While North was one of those, four spots still remain, with the opening at South.

New principals at Shiloh Point Elementary and Liberty Middle and Vickery Creek Middle were expected to be announced later this month.