Sheridan Schools Superintendent Jerrod Williams took Sheridan Rotary Club members on a tour of the construction for the new Sheridan High School addition outlining what is being done and what all the new building will consist of from ninth grade classrooms and a science lab upstairs to a larger cafeteria and gym downstairs with locker rooms to self-contained classrooms and office space for building administration and visitors. Construction is well underway and is still scheduled for completion by the start of the 2020/2021 school year.
Long time Poyen Schools Superintendent Jerry Newton (center) presided over his final school board meeting last week after announcing his retirement. He was joined by the newly hired superintendenat Ronnie Kissire (left), who sat in on his first Poyen School Board meeting.
The Poyen School Board met last week for their regular monthly meeting, but, unlike meetings held over the last few decades, this one was a little different. Longtime Superintendent Jerry Newton, who is set to retire later this month, presided over his last meeting while his successor, Ronnie Kissire, sat in on the meeting in preparation for taking over the organization next month.
With students returning to school this month, a month-long awareness campaign has begun to remind drivers to be careful before and after school. The theme of the campaign is “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.”
The campaign is being led by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation and Arkansas School Bus Mechanics Association. This is the sixth year that this campaign has been held, but previously it only lasted three weeks.
Explaining the theme, Sheridan School District Transportation Coordinator Rhonda Harris said that a bus driver will typically turn on their lights around 300 feet before they stop. That means that within 300 feet of that bus, there is a child that will be standing near the road that could be hit if a motorist ignores the flashing lights and stop sign.
“If you hit a child, you will never get over it,” Harris said.
On Friday, June 8, the Poyen Indians hosted a 7-on-7 football tournament called the Small Town Shootout. A total of 12 teams came out for the event. The teams were separated into two pools of six, with teams playing everyone in their pool to set their seeding for the tournament.