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Franz named new principal at MCHS
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A familiar face will take over as principal at Montgomery County High School.

Rocky Franz, who has taught, coached and served as an administrator in Montgomery County Schools for the past 12 years, was named principal last Thursday by the school’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council.

Franz, 55, was welcomed aboard with a reception at the Clay Community Center.

He currently serves as director of alternative services for the district and principal at the Sterling School. As director of alternative services Franz oversees education programs at Hillcrest Hall, Hope Hill and Gateway Children’s Services.

Prior to that he spent six years as assistant principal at the high school.
Franz said he wants to bring fun back to the learning process.

“I love the community,” he said. “I love the teachers and the students. I want to bring back that family atmosphere where learning can be fun. You can work hard and have high expectations and have fun. I want to get back to that again.”

Franz was born in Fort Campbell but grew up a self described “Army brat” who bounced around several locations before settling in Marietta, Ga.

He received his undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University in health and physical education and master’s degrees in health and physical education and administration and leadership.

After graduation, Franz spent several years teaching and coaching football, wrestling and other sports in Georgia and Alabama.
He returned to Kentucky, where his parents retired to a farm on Levee Road farm.

At MCHS he taught and coached football and wrestling before becoming assistant principal and taking over as director of alternative services.
Franz said MCHS can accomplish great things by working as a team.
“I love Montgomery County,” he said. “I love the high school. I don’t think we need anything special to be great. We just need each other.”
Acting Superintendent Donald Pace commended the SBDM Council on its choice and said he has been impressed with Franz for “his love for kids. That’s why we work in our respective positions.”

Franz replaces Shannon White, who served two stints as principal at the high school. He begins his new duties July 1.

Franz and his wife, Meloni, have been married 33 years. They have a daughter, Olivia, who graduated with a degree in animal sciences from the University of Kentucky.

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