Preparations underway with new Supt. Matt Snyder

The Cheraw School Board met with new Superintendent Matt Snyder and Business Manager Sherry Hermann to discuss preparations for the beginning of school Aug. 22. Several of the teachers are already on the job, but the official start date for them is Aug. 6. Snyder expressed his appreciation for the help of Hermann in learning about the school.

A large number of out-of-district students were admitted provisionally, pending records checks and space available: Ivan Barraza, Olivia Ortiz, Jaclyn Johnson and Evey Tyler, preschool; Abigail Tyler, 2nd grade; Jayden Hall, 3rd grade; Caleb Mobley and Sabrina Huston, 5th grade; Daniel Huston, Elijah Trujillo and Darien Cole, 6th grade; Aeryn Bernal, Sakura Cole, Kaley Bates, 7th grade; Carlos Sandoval, 10th grade; Jordan Fowler, 11th grade.

The new FFA-affiliated agriculture program has obtained more room for equipment with the school’s leasing of space from the property of neighboring landowner Chris Mathews. The bus barn continues to be cleaned out for the agriculture department equipment. “Things are happening, and it’s [still] July,” said Snyder.

Both the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and the Future Business Leaders of America attended national conferences. Elizabeth Chambers was present and reported on the FCCLA Conference in Atlanta at the request of the school board. Chambers said all the Cheraw contestants won gold medals, and Lexi Mayo was highest, with 99.5 in job interview. They had fun and learned a lot.

Roof repair and electrical work previously contracted continue and should be finished well before the start of school. Budgeting for future capital investments is a topic for the superintendent/school board session scheduled for Sept. 5. Work continues on policy approvals and federal reports.

Cheraw School is purchasing a new Literacy Curriculum, K-12, said Snyder. He has had good experience with the elementary part of the program and has high hopes for the secondary part.