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ea, za- August 8, 2012 VOUR COMMUNITY Page 7 From page 1 The district has cut back on athletics, and some of that could be brought back if more funding materializes, he said. "It's extra- curricular, but it's those things that keeps people in school." Staff members have all tak- en hits on salaries, Redick said. They've taken pay freezes, and they've had steps frozen. "Those are all things we have to look at, making sure that's made right with them," Redick said. The district needs to get back on track. Among classified staff, some are ahead, while others are be- hind competing school districts, he said. Teachers are generally behind, and he thinks that's why the district has had relatively high turnover with newer teachers. Council gives good marks to city manager " W e need to make sure we are at least com- petitive in that mar- ket,"he said. "This last year wasso busy, I don't know if any of us have thought about a direction for this year," Redick said. Last school year, the distnct dealt with contracts with certi- fied and classified staff members and with the Charter School. It's also been working with the classi- fied staff to adjust to the four-day week. "The community stepped up on (the pool)," he said. "I'm hap- py that was funded." The district also completed its first year without Crawfords- ville School. "It hasn't been without bumps, but I think the kids have adjusted to it, and they're doing fine," Redick said. The board will set goals for 2012-13 in September, Redick said. "My big thing is, we've asked a lot of the community the last couple of years," he said. "We've made cuts. All that stuff has had an effect on the community." The district and board need to reassure the community that they're doing all of this in the best interest of the students, he said. He wants to ensure that the com- munity's support for its schools continues. "We're going to have to watch the four-day school week too, make sure it's the right thing," Redick said. "It's worked a lot of places. It could work here, but we're going to have to make sure it does." He anticipates the district will receive a lot of input on it during the next year, he said. He heard a lot of input leading up to the deci- sion last school year. One couple he talked to didn't like it, Redick said, but once they started hearing about all of the budget cuts the district has already made, they seemed to accept it. By Seen C. Morgan Of The New Era City Manager Craig Martin got high marks from the City Council in his annual evaluation on July 24. The council met with Martin in an executive session to review his performance prior to the regular council meeting. In addition to saving money, it comes with some benefits, he said. Among them, the district will have a more consistent week instead of a schedule with contin- ual three- and four-day weeks. It should benefit the educa- tion process, he said, but it will have an impact on the community, particularly parents whose sched- ules don't work with having their children home on Fridays. "One of the biggest focuses is trying to get kids to look at going to college," he said. The district has already set up several pro- grams, including College Now and GEAR-UP. It will add the ACT program in 2012-13, with retired High School Principal Pat Stineff running the program. "The direction the state is taking is going push a lot more of that," Redick said. The state is looking at a goal of 40 percent of students earning a bachelor's degree, 40 percent earning an as- sociates and 20 percent earning a high school diploma. "It's an ambitious goal," he said. "And it really comes down to the local school districts to make that happen." The question is how to get there. "It isn't perfect," he said. "There's limits to the ACT pro- gram, but at the same time, a lot of these kids. that's more than they would've received on their own." They can come out of school with a profession or direction rath- er than coming outOf high school and asking, "Now what?" "It's been difficult," Redick said. "But I really am happy with how things are going." The new superintendent, Don Schrader, is doing well after his first year, he said. "It wasn't an easy position he stepped into." The community sees him and all the changes that have been made, he said. "He's the figure- head that gets blamed, but he's just the one that had to make it happen." It was the board that directed him to get things started, he said. Redick raises the point be- cause he is aware of how people react, he said. "I've been the guy on the outside asking why are you doing this." I Every Thursday, a different 11/4 lb. 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