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More Highlights From Last Week's School Board Meeting

Daniel Prince

Wrestler Zack Freeman honored as 3A state champion

Last week, WBCU News covered 5 different meetings of various government bodies. This week, we will spotlight some further details from the meetings that we didn’t have time to report.

At last Monday’s meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, Superintendent Joey Haney stated the district is in the process of gathering community feedback for a possible modified schedule the district is looking into implementing. An online survey will remain open through April 15 for the public to provide feedback on the plan. The survey and more information can be found on the district’s website, at Haney said he hopes to provide some data from the survey at the April board meeting. He noted the Human Resources Department will be holding a virtual teacher recruitment fair on Friday, April 22, from 8:30-noon. Principals will be able to conduct interviews with candidates via Zoom. He noted the Office of Special Services was holding Jacket Games, a tennis event for special needs students at Buffalo, Sims, and Union County High. The games for the Buffalo students were held last Wednesday, March 30, but rain forced the postponement of the event on the 31st for the middle and high school students. It will be rescheduled sometime after Spring Break. The district will hold its Teacher and Support Staff of the Year banquet at Sunset Farms on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. They are working on a schedule for the district’s retirement banquet and hope to get a date set for that soon.

Haney called for a change to School Board Policy BEDH, which deals with public participation at board meetings. The policy had been suspended during the pandemic, but he recommended that the suspension be lifted. The board unanimously approved the recommendation. A copy of the policy, and all school board policies, can be found under the Board of Trustees tab on the district’s website.

Three Union County High School athletes were recognized for their achievements. Junior Zack Freeman was recognized as the Class 3A state wrestling champion in the individual 126-lb. weight class. He is the third Union County wrestler to win an individual state championship in wrestling. It was his third straight trip to the state championships. Senior Peyton Gregory was recognized for placing third in the state in the 195-lb. weight class in wrestling. Gregory was a region and upper state champion. He was a part of the roster for the North-South All-Star wrestling match held in North Myrtle Beach, and he went 2-0. JaBryson Hunter was honored as a member of the 3A All-State team, a distinction that only two other Union County High School basketball players have earned. In addition to the students, boys basketball head coach Mitchell Moss was recognized for earning Region 3-3A Coach of the Year honors, and Scott Sherbert was honored as the Region 3-3A Athletic Director of the Year. We’ll have more from the meeting in tomorrow’s newscast.

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