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August 3, 2013

New superintendent pressing Tri-Central to be best

Tim Garland is tackling test scores, preschool and Head Start.

SHARPSVILLE – Newly hired Tri-Central Community Schools Superintendent Tim Garland will be pushing for better test scores, a revamped Head Start program and a bigger preschool program as he gears up for his first year in the position.

And he will have to find a way to do all of this under some serious budget constraints.

Garland said Friday he was up for the challenge.

The new superintendent came from North Miami Junior-Senior High School, where he had served as an administrator since 2009.

He worked for years as a technology teacher in Logansport and Lafayette.

Before that, he spent 10 years at Delphi Automotive Electronics where he managed a response team to solve customer issues. He also served 11 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. As a staff sergeant, he taught battle field skills to noncommissioned and commissioned officers at the Indiana Military Academy.

He said he will pull from all of that leadership experience as he leads Tri-Central into the future.

His first project in the Sharpsville district is to revamp the Head Start program. He wants to move it from a home-based program to a center-based one that will be operated on the district’s campus.

There are about 10 local families enrolled in the home-based program right now. He wants to serve more families in need.

He said he knows there has to be more than 10 low-income families eligible since 41 percent of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced priced lunches.

Garland said he hopes the change will draw more people to the program.

“I want to give the community as much benefit as I can,” he said.

Garland hopes to open the Head Start center by January of next year.

In that same vein, he wants to expand the district’s preschool program. Right now, it’s only open to Title I students — those who are disadvantaged.

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