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New superintendent joins staff

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Superintendent Jon Hartgraves

The school board has chosen a new superintendent after narrowing from 40 applicants.
Mr. Jon Hartgraves will take over after Mr. C.D Knobloch’s retirement.
“Here in Archer it is very welcoming,” Hartgraves said.

“I think it’s a well accomplished school, and I would like to help keep that going.”

— Superintendent John Hartgraves


Before coming to Archer Hartgraves was a superintendent at Hico and Gordon ISD.
“I came to Archer after being the superintendent at Hico for 10 years and at Gordon for seven years,” he said. “I was a math teacher and a principal for six years at Hico.”
Hartgraves found Archer among the topmost educational institutions in Texas.
“I researched the top schools in Texas and Archer was on that list. Plus it is also a very nice place to live,” he said.
Junior/high school principal Jamie Krenek said Hartgraves will be a “great” superintendent for the school district.
“He comes to us with a lot of knowledge in the field of education as well as a superintendent due to his previous experience,” Krenek said.
Krenek said Hartgraves will be understanding especially with his past.
“I believe he is going to be a good fit for Archer City based on his background of similar-sized school districts,” Krenek said. “And he understands the importance of community involvement and getting to know students on a personal level.”
Hartgraves is one that follows traditions, Krenek said.
“With previous conversations that I had with him, he cares about understanding the level of Archer City and wants to continue the legacy as well to bring a different perspective,” she said.
Algebra teacher Paula Newton said she thought Hartgraves is “cool” based on her first impression of him.
“I thought he was very cool because he told me he used to be a math teacher,” Newton said. “He seemed very nice when I met him and he is also well spoken.”
Besides making a connection with Hartgraves, Newton also said she thinks he will bring great intentions to the school.
“I feel like the school board saw great qualities in him that would help benefit our school district in the years he will be with us at Archer,” she said.
Technology director Karen Brunker said Hartgraves is a very supportive administrator.
“He showed up to a softball game the second day he was here. That says a lot about how encouraging he is,” Brunker said. “Not only is he into sports, but he is also into other extracurricular activities like band and other organizations.”
Brunker said he will bring new ideas to the district.
“I think he will bring a fresh perspective on everything, and it is good to have new proposals,” Brunker said.
Paraprofessional Johnny Hudson said Hartgraves also seems to be very interested in what students do in their day-to-day lives.
“It is great for your superintendent to care about his students,” Hudson said. “Not only does he care about school, but also about each student individually. He will be a great asset to our district that will bring a new set of eyes and energy.”
Freshman Jocelyn Tedrow said school will be different without Knobloch.
“I think it’s going to take time getting used to because he has been here since I was in kindergarten,” Tedrow said. “I can’t wait to see what Mr. Hartgraves will bring to our school district.”

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