By JIM MAURER
CAREY — The Carey Education Association, the union which represents district teachers, and school administrators agree the district’s information specialist Nick Rider will need more help to manage the complexities of the new school building.
Union President Jonathon Mershman addressed the board during the board’s regular meeting Monday.
“Nick is doing a fantastic job,” he said, “but we’re understaffed.”
He is teaching one class, Mershman said, and could use some full-time help with the new building’s computer technology.
“Nick needs some help,” said Superintendent Mike Wank. “Everything in this building is technology driven.”
“Nick thought he could do it, but he’s overworked,” Wank said.
Wank said the district needs another full-time person.
A job description has been prepared, Wank said.
Board member Mark Armstrong said an intern could provide additional assistance for two full-time employees.
In the meantime, Rider is getting help from some interested students.
Separately, Wank said state report card results will be released this week and it is “a sad statement by the state” which has already indicated results “are not going to be good.”
“Something is wrong,” he said. It is almost “a concerted effort in the state to make public education look bad” and promote charter schools.
Wank also thanked the village administration, police department and public works department for working with the school administration to resolve traffic issues experienced during the first few days of classes last month. Two additional entrances were constructed for access to the school property.
Everything is “orderly and fine,” he said, “like we’ve been doing it for 10 years.”
Also, the board held an executive session for the stated purpose to discuss classified, or non-teacher, contracts. No action was taken after the session.
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