Tom Benton, the newest member of the Wake County Board of Education, was sworn into office Tuesday afternoon.
Wake County Resident Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway administered the oath of office to Benton. His wife, Shirley and sister attended the ceremony.
The Board of Education voted on Feb. 5 to appoint Benton to fill the board’s vacant District 1 seat.
Benton is a career educator who retired in 2005 as principal of Durant Road Middle School, a position he held for 11 years. Earlier, he worked at Sanderson, Athens Drive, Zebulon and Enloe high schools in Wake County.
After retiring as a school principal, Benton worked as a coach for challenged schools and trained other school administrators through the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association. He currently teaches in the Gardner Webb University Masters in Middle School program.
Benton will serve the remainder of former board member Chris Malone’s term, which expires in November 2013. Malone stepped down in December in order to serve in his newly elected position in the N.C. General Assembly.