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Principals selected for Forsyth County’s next middle school, high school

The next middle school and high school to open in Forsyth County have their first principals.

Cheryl Riddle was named principal of Hendricks Middle School, while Jeff Cheney was selected principal of East Forsyth High School. Both schools are scheduled to open in 2021.

The Forsyth County Board of Education made the selections during the executive session of its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Riddle has been principal at Liberty Middle School since 2015. Liberty is one of three middle schools that Hendricks will pull students from to relieve crowding, along with Otwell and Vickery Creek. Hendricks will be located off Hyde Road in west Forsyth.

Riddle has worked in Forsyth County Schools since 1999. She has taught at Chattahoochee Elementary School, Liberty and North Forsyth Middle School and has been an assistant principal at North Forsyth Middle School and Little Mill Middle School. Riddle also served as special education facilitator at the district level.

Cheney has been principal at North Forsyth High School since 2015. He came to Forsyth County Schools in 2006 from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System where he served as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.

Cheney’s first position in Forsyth County was as an assistant principal at South Forsyth High School. He was later promoted to principal in 2012 before moving to North Forsyth.

He’ll take over East Forsyth’s $85 million campus in northeast Forsyth off Jot Em Down Road and Claude Martin Drive. The school’s enrollment will start with ninth- through 11th-grades and pull from North Forsyth and Forsyth Central high schools, both of which are over capacity according to school system numbers.