A new principal has been chosen to lead East Franklin Elementary School. On Tuesday, the board of education unanimously approved the appointment of Shirley Parks to the position.
Parks, who is currently the assistant principal at Cartoogechaye Elementary School, will take over at East Franklin effective July 1. Born and raised in Macon County, Parks is a graduate of Franklin High School. She attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh and then went on to Western Carolina University where she first earned her Masters and then an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree.