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Dutiful summer

Tri-state administrators find busy summer months more productive

Tri-state administrators find busy summer months more productive

June 17, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

The students are away, but it's not time for the administrators to play.

Summer vacation might mean sleeping late and hanging around the pool to some, but for Tri-State area school system administrators summer is one of their busier seasons.

"We're pretty busy. But at the same time we are able to accomplish more because the distractions are fewer," said Greg Hoover, director of elementary education for the Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) School District.

Of the roughly 630 employees of the Greencastle-Antrim School District, only about 70 work year-round.

For those on 12-month work schedules, the summer break is spent finishing up work left over from the just-finished school year and preparing for the coming school year, Hoover said.

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For example, there are yearend reports such as discipline reports to finish. Hiring and training new teachers and other staff is usual summertime work, he said.

Also, administrators are busy putting together next year's classes.

Hoover said the administrators work to create "balanced classes."

"Classes with the same number of boys and girls, classes without too many students with the same name, and not having too many special needs (students) in one class," he said. "It's an ongoing process."

In Berkeley County, W.Va., about 120 of the 1,800 public school system employees work year-round. But for many of those, summer is the busiest season of the year.

"The summer is probably the busiest time for the central office administration," Berkeley County Schools Deputy Superintendent Frank Aliveto said.

"We're constantly enrolling new students over the summer," Aliveto said.

Also, summer is when new textbooks and classroom materials are stocked and distributed in school districts throughout the Tri-State area.

Bringing in new materials and books might not sound like a lot of work, Aliveto said, but it is. Every one of the thousands of new books received must be stamped, numbered, inventoried and delivered.

Summer break is also the busiest time of the year for major cleaning and construction projects.

"One of the biggest things is the cleaning of the buildings," Hoover said.

"When the kids aren't there is the only time you can really clean," Aliveto said.

"The buildings are the dirtiest on the last day of school ... and the cleanest on the first day of school," said Washington County Public Schools Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee.

McGee's department oversees the numerous maintenance and construction projects, such as installation of new rugs and major roof repairs, and the planning and design stages of the planned improvements for Salem Avenue Elementary School.

"These 10 weeks are indeed our busy season," said McGee, who is one of the roughly 460 year-round employees in the county school system that employs about 2,500.

"People always ask me, 'What do you do all summer?' Really, we do a lot," Hoover said.

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