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Page 10 IIC'| Jb ,MMI JMITV h  :. - January 4, 2012 Veterans offered discount on business classes By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Linn-Benton Community Col- lege's Small Business Development Center has a special deal for veter- ans who own businesses: classes specially tailored to address their needs at a cut rate. The class costs $199, said Brian Egan, business adviser. Nor- mally it costs $995. "We have decided to offer this course exclusively for veterans," Egan said. The program secured funding through the Veterans As- sistance Program to cover the dost of the class. The program is also seeking scholarships to assist inter- ested business owners from local banks and organizations. it is specifically intended to help Veterans and active duty sol- diers who own businesses, Egan said. It is also aimed at the families of veterans, who often must keep businesses going while soldiers are serving on active duty. Those attending must have spent at least a year in business, Egan said. "We want the existing businesses to be better, faster, more professional and also to hire new employees." The class is a combination of in-class lectures and discussion along with excellent course mate- rial to help business owners decide what they're doing well and what they're not, Egan said. In between the nine monthly lectures, every business involved will work with its own adviser, generally working for an hour or two weekly, depend- ing on the needs of the business. REAL E STATE The program also brings in experts ia specific areas, such as hospitality, online business and manufacturing, along with many generalists. All instructors are veterans who own small" businesses, and some advisers are veterans. Egan is a Vietnam era veteran. While he is not a combat veteran, several co-instructors are Vietnam combat veterans. Egan operates a mediation and organizational change consulting business. He mediates just about any kind of dispute, from marriage to business. Thisprogram is different from other snail business programs, Egan said. This One combines the military culture, the camaraderie, self-help, discipline, following pro- cesses and looking out for the other guy with good business culture, good hiring, good management, pricing at the right point and excel- lent service. The program was developed by Thomas Jones at the Clacka- mas Business Center specifically to combine the two cultures, Egan said. "It's unlike anything I've ever heard before." It provides a chance for a lot of counseling and networking help, he said. "It's just one more way we help make things better." The class is held from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Orientation is on Jan. 26, and the first class begins in February. Program officials don't want to turn anyone away, Egan said, but 25 is the maximum the program can handle logistically. If it's suc- cessful, "we'd be delighted to run it again." "Times are tough," Egan said. "This economy is turning down. Unemployment is very high. Com- petition is getting fierce." Small businesses face compe- tition from big box stores and from overseas, Egan said. The business owners aren't rich. They need the income from their businesses to live. Veterans who are business own- ers don't face challenges that other types of business owners don't face also, Egan said. "They're a group of typical business, owners, but in gratitude for their service to their country, we're able to grant them this special price. It's a chance of a lifetime to make things better, and I certainly hope veterans take advan- tage of it." For more information, call (541) 917-4923. Wish you could live on the river? Here's 2 acres on the South Santiam just out of city limits and very private. Custom, well-built 1788sf home also has finished basement. Wrap around decking and lots of windows to enjoy the awesome view. 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"It's a big question that's out there, ard it's not an easy one," Redick said, but district administra- tors will need direction on it before they can begin preparing budgets for review next spring. Nunerous other districts have gone to a four-day week in Oregon, and Schnder has talked to represen- tatives of several. Among them is Glendale School District, with an enroll- ment of 376 students. The district went to a four-day week because it was already on a 4.5-day week, Schrader said. The district's early release day on Wednesday was not being used for instruction, so Glen- dale increased hours and closed on Friday. The district has no profes- sional de,'velopment on Fridays, and the teachers work an eight-hour day, which will be a topic at the bargain- ing table. Coos Bay School District, with an enrollment of about 4,500 students, went to a four-day week this year primarily t g provide pro- fessional development activities, Schrader said. The district is antici- pating a savings of 2 to 4 percent. In the first three months, that district has saved $20,000 in substi- tute costs; student attendance is up a little; teacher absence is down some 42 percent for professional develop- ment and 100 percent for coaching time lost; and personal illness was down 25 percent, Schrader said. Mapleton School District, with an enrollment of 172, went to a four- day week to save money, Schrader said. The district estimated savings of $65,000. With actual savings at about $55,000, it is saving close to that projection, Schrader said. Parents and staff have given much positive feedback. Central Point School District, with an enrollment of about 4,500, went to a four-day week three years ago for budgetary reasons only, Schrader said. The district switched to a 4.5-day school week after one year. Central Point made a 10-per- cent reduction across the board - classified, certified and administra- tive staff, Schrader said. That really amounted to furlough days since it was a 10-percent work reduction as well. The district added two weeks to the calendfir and 15 mihutes per day. The parents liked it, and the community supported it, Schrader said, though the licensed staff did not like the extra weeks added to the calendar, and it became a bargaining issue. Mill City School District, with an enrollment of 600, has been on a four-day schedule for three years, Schrader said. It went to a four-day week for financial savings. Teacher staff members work every other Friday except to accommodate a Monday holiday. Custodial staff members work on Fridays but have non-work days throughout the year. One secretary works in each build- ing when teachers work. Central Linn School District, with an enrollment of 721, went to a four-day week about nine years ago, Schrader said. The superintendent is looking at going back to a tradi- tional five-day week because it's the only way he can raise the amount of instructional time. Over the past few years, Cen- tral Linn has bargained out profes- sional development days, so the district has only six Fridays where teachers come back for professional development, Schrader said. Halsey resident Marly Leop- ard's son is a senior in Central Linn. He's been in the district all 12 years, while leopard's oldest son gradu- ated in 2002. "I think we just started there not long before," Leopard said of the four-day week. He doesn't know how scores were affected, but the district has gotte n pretty good re- suits. School is in session on Fridays during weeks with holidays, so the students don't miss any days, Leop- ard said. The students make up snow days on Fridays. "I think there's a huge conve- nience factor for families," Leopard said. The school day is 40 or 50 min- utes longer, but students and their families have three-day weekends. "I personally like it," leopard said. "But I'm more easygoing. Of course, all of my kids were over- achievers, scholastically." The most irritating argument against four-day weeks was about what to do with the children on Fri- days, Leopard said. That argument tells him that parents are using the schools as a daycare, but that's not a school district responsibility. Overall, he thinks it would take a compelling argument to convince him the district should return to a five-day week, he said. Elsewhere in Linn County, Har- risburg switched to a four-day week this year. "It's really early in the game here," said Supt. Brian Wolf. After the end of the first semester, the dis- trict is planning to do a survey and take a look at academic data in late January. "We had a number of public meetings last school year," Wolf said. Issues included a longer school day and child care on Fridays. The biggest concern was probably the impact on the classified union and wages. The district is still bargain- ing with classified over the change. The driving factor in Harris- burg was the savings, Wolf said. The district expects to save $100,000 to $110,000 from the four-day week. "It was either do this or we have to make reductions elsewhere," Wolf said. "It was decided this was the least onerous of a number of op- tions." The district is on track to meet its expectations in savings, he said. "In that sense, it's achieved the goal it was meant to achieve." As far as the other concerns, the district will see how they work out while it plays out during the school year, he said. District officials vis- ited other districts and found re- search that shows improvements in academics and attendance. Students miss less school and have fewer dis- cipline referrals. There are other benefits, Wolf said, but finances were the driving force. The recommendation of the committee was that it was doable although not desirable.