Certified Carty offers first look at NA budget

    Larry Carty, business manager for North Adams Community Schools, has completed the required 92 hours of instruction and has obtained designation by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials as a Chief Business Officer.
    To obtain certification from the statewide organization, individuals must fulfill all of the personal, ethical and professional requirements as established by the group.
    In a letter to North Adams Superintendent Wylie Sirk, Dennis L. Costerison, executive director of the ASBO, called Carty "an outstanding leader who is a credit to North Adams Community Schools and the Indiana ASBO."
    Sirk congratulated Carty on his achievement, and board president Tim Ehlerding said the new designation "proves the professionalism we have here" at North Adams schools.

    Carty on Tuesday evening gave school board members their first look at the school district's proposed 2012 operating budget. A public hearing to delve further into the spending blueprint will be held next month.
    In his monthly report to the board, Carty said several construction projects throughout the school district have been wrapped up just in time for the start of classes on Monday.
    A structure restoration project at Bellmont Middle School was completed by Cusack's Masonry on July 15, a month ahead of schedule, and McGuff Roofing has completed roof sealing work on the gymnasium at Southeast Elementary School. Interior painting work at the middle school is also finished, Carty said, and a new traffic flow pattern project at Northwest Elementary has also been wrapped up.
    A new scoreboard, courtesy of an anonymous donor, has been erected at the varsity baseball field.
    In other board business, Sirk reported that two billboards will be erected by the end of the month in Decatur to publicly unveil a mission statement adopted last month by the board. The billboards will read: "Our mission is Excellence: Teach it, Model it, Inspire it, Achieve it!"