By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — A new principal has been selected for Fulton High School.
The River Bend Board of Education approved hiring Chris Tennyson during a special meeting Tuesday night. His contract will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2016.
Tennyson has served as an assistant principal at Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., since 2006. Before that, he had a long history in law enforcement.
According to his resume, Tennyson served as a criminal justice instructor for five years in Sterling, Ill.
He also served in Mundelein, Ill., from 1992 to 2001 as a high school liaison officer, gang crimes officer and juvenile officer.
Tennyson has a master’s of science degree in educational administration and Illinois type 75 endorsement, as well as a master’s of arts in law enforcement and justice administration, with secondary in education.
He also has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration, with secondary in psychology. He received special agent training with the FBI in 2001.
Superintendent Chuck Holliday felt that Tennyson will be a good fit for the school.
He attributed this to the work the committee put into the selection.
“They were so committed and knew it was such an important decision,” Holliday said.
A committee composed of teachers and school staff, a community member, a parent and school board members worked on finding a replacement for Principal Loren Beswick, who is retiring.
A total of 13 applications were received and three people were interviewed.
Tennyson will be at the board’s regular meeting Monday night to sign his contract.