The woman who initiated the Barren Beyond the Bell at Barren County High School and has been its counselor for three years will now be overseeing after-school programs like that one for the entire school district.
In January, the district was informed it would get additional funding for the after-school programs through federal 21st Century Learning Grants, said Mark Wallace, assistant superintendent of Barren County Schools.
“In going through the applications and reviewing those, there was one candidate that just stood out above all the rest,” Wallace said. “We're very happy about the selection.”
He introduced Matthews, who announced that the position is going to CheyAnne Fant.
With budgets being cut at the state and federal levels, the extra grant funding is more welcome than ever.
“This is a financial time that appears to be very dark,” Matthews said. “We're very blessed in Barren County Schools to have received the funding to expand learning an opportunities in all of our schools.”
As he introduced Fant to the small crowd gathered for a press conference for the announcement, he also pointed out the slew of family members who had come to show their support for Fant, including her husband, two sons, parents, parents-in-law and brother.
“CheyAnne has always been an ambassador for the Barren County School System as long as she's been an employee and has been affiliated with us,” Matthews said. “We were looking for someone who not only is an ambassador but someone that's certainly very positive, very creative, and when you start throwing out those descriptive words, you start to paint a picture of who CheyAnne Fant is.”
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