King Names New Official

Zach Matthews Named New
Head Of School at King Academy

  The W. W. King Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce Zach Matthews as the new Head of School.
  Coach Matthews is a graduate of WKA and has been a teacher and coach for the past 12 years. He will manage the students and faculty and oversee academic planning, while continuing to be the head coach of varsity football and baseball.
  He is married to Bonnie Sawyer Matthews and has two children Lillian Claire (7) and Cabaniss (4), and is the son of Jody and Sharon Matthews.
   Coach Matthews states, “King Academy has been my home for the last 20 years, and I look forward to continuing to see it grow and prosper. The King family is a close group to be a part of, and I’m thankful and humble for the opportunity of this role.”
  Mr. Dennis Gibson will remain at King Academy as Assistant Head of School and Chief Business Officer. Mr. Gibson will continue to oversee budgeting and financial management, accreditation, buildings and grounds, and risk management. He will also help teach, coach, and work alongside Coach Matthews in an advisory role to help facilitate the transition.
  Mrs. Bobbye Buzhardt will also continue in her role as Assistant Head of School and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her role will remain the same as it has in previous years as she continues to work closely with Mr. Gibson and Coach Matthews.

Outstanding Members - Left to right,   Cody Clary, Alexis Gunter, Kelly Wertz, Quinten Miller

Honorary Degree Recipients - Left to right, Kim Porter, Dr Joel Riley, Tammie Shore

Saluda FFA Celebrates Successful Year

  The Saluda High School FFA Chapter held its annual Awards and Recognition Banquet on May 23rd  to celebrate a successful year in Agricultural Education.
  Chapter President Cody Clary presided at the event which was highlighted by dinner catered by Riley’s on Main/Asbills Catering. 
  State FFA Vice President Jessie Comer from York was the keynote speaker for the occasion.
  Other special guests in attendance included State Superintendent of Education Mrs. Molly M. Spearman, Senator Shane Massey, Representative Cal Forest, Saluda District School Board members Dr Kathy Coleman and Sharon Holloway and Mrs. Sarah Longshore, principal at Saluda High School.
  Honorary FFA Chapter Degrees were awarded to Dr. Joel Riley, HES Principal Mrs. Tammie Shore, and FFA parent Mrs. Kim Porter.  This is the highest honor a local chapter can bestow upon a friend or supporter of the FFA.
  First Year Agricultural Education student Quinten Miller was recipient of the Star Greenhand Award. Kelly Wertz was recognized as the Outstanding Sophomore member. Alexis Gunter was named the Outstanding Junior member and Cody Clary received the Outstanding Senior Award.
  New officers elected for the 2019-20 school year include: Alexis Gunter, president; Ximena Sorcia, vice president; Kelly Wertz, secretary; Quinten Miller, treasurer; Harley Cochran, reporter; and Mason Haynie, sentinel.
  Amanda N. Crouch, Agricultural Education instructor at Saluda High School, serves as the FFA advisor.
  The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education.

Saluda Included
In RIA Grants

 COLUMBIA, S.C.- The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 26 communities, totaling more than $12 million, to strengthen water, sewer and storm water infrastructure.
  This brings the number of projects awarded to 54 in Fiscal Year 2019, totaling $25.7 million.
  Included in the grant is $500,000 for the Saluda Commission of Public Works for sewer improvement.
  Access to adequate water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure is critical to supporting South Carolina’s quality of life, as well as opening doors for economic development. Our state is growing in population, business investment and jobs.
  RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, and economic development.