Jefferson County Public Schools Acting Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio announced on Friday that the principal of the Academy @ Shawnee will be taking a new position to help implement the Academies of Louisville in high schools across the district.
“I’ve recently experienced some health issues, and after careful consideration, I have decided to embark on a new endeavor with JCPS,” said Principal Venita Benboe. “In my new role, I will support the district by helping implement the Academies of Louisville. This is something I’m incredibly passionate about personally and professionally, and it’s an opportunity I simply could not pass up. I will always be here to support my Academy @ Shawnee family.”
Starting tomorrow, two highly respected and long-time JCPS administrators will take over the day-to-day operations of Shawnee until the district names a permanent replacement. Dr. Dan Withers is retired from JCPS and was the principal at Central High School. Betty Graham is a retired principal who served many years at Newburg Middle School and Olmsted Academy South.
“Shawnee is in good hands, and our goal is to have a permanent principal in place by the start of the second semester,” said Dr. Pollio. “I’d like to thank Principal Benboe for her leadership. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of her students. I know she’ll bring that same passion to her work at the district.”