Ben Herron named interim principal at White Plains Academy

Putnam County – Joe Joe Matheney is taking a medical leave of absence as principal at White Plains Academy (WPA) in Putnam County. 

Matheney notified WPA staff this morning about his health and personal issues and his upcoming medical leave.

“It has been a challenge, but it’s the most rewarding time I’ve ever had,” said Matheney about White Plains Academy. “I am blessed to have worked with the people at White Plains Academy and the other folks in the school system.”

Matheney has been in education for 39 years, 36 in the Putnam County School System.

“I appreciate what Mr. Matheney has done for White Plains Academy during his 16 years there and the 36 years in the Putnam County School System,” said Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King. “It’s not easy being the principal at White Plains Academy. Mr. Matheney mentors not only the students, faculty, and staff at White Plains but also me and many of our PCSS administrators. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during his medical leave of absence.”

Ben Herron, the assistant principal and athletic director at Algood Middle School, has been named the principal on an interim basis for the rest of the school year. 

Ben Herron

“We are excited to have someone as experienced as Ben to be able to step into this role,” said King. “He has the full support of the Central Office, and I know he will do a great job.”

Herron takes over at White Plains understanding the challenges ahead.

“I think the biggest challenge will be trying to fill Mr. Matheney’s shoes. He is so well respected in this community and has positively influenced the students who attend White Plains,” Herron said. “Starting in the middle of the school year is always difficult, but I am excited, and my goal is to continue the work Mr. Matheney and his faculty have put forth to continue to grow student learning.”

Photo courtesy of the Putnam County School System.

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