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Interim label off Johnson as Madras athletic director

The interim label is off Steve Johnson's title as the Madras High athletic director and activities coordinator.
   Johnson was hired last June to be the Madras athletic director on a one-year basis, 509-J interim superintendent Kay Baker said in June.
   "Steve will be the AD through next year," Baker said. "At this point, this is not a position we're opening up (for a new person)."
   A combination of factors moved Johnson into the Madras AD position.
   His administrative position within the district office as the director of auxiliary services was eliminated due to budget cuts at the end of the 2006-07 school year. He was paid $87,593 last school year.
   Meanwhile, longtime Madras AD Margaret Sturza retired, leaving an administrative position open. Sturza was the AD and a part-time teacher.
   At the end of the 2006-07 school year, the district also signed Johnson to a new three-year contract. That contract started for the current school year.
   Since then, the district encountered a budget crisis, needing to pare $3.1 million from its budget due to a combination of unrealized enrollment increases plus cuts in federal and state funding.
   "With our budget crisis, we're not creating any new administrative positions to move Steve into," Baker said. "At this point in the game, Steve will continue as the AD ."
   Last summer, Baker said Johnson's term as AD would be for the upcoming school year only. That was before the unexpected budget crisis.
   The district had opened the Madras AD position for interviews twice during the previous school year. Johnson was not among those interviewed in the first round (in March, 2007).
   The second interview process in late spring of 2007 was suspended due to budget constraints.
   Johnson has several other responsibilities carrying over from his time in the district office. He is the district's safety officer and drug-free coordinator. Johnson also served as the summer school coordinator.
   Johnson originally started at Madras High as an assistant principal in the 1993-94 school year. He has also been a principal at Madras Elementary and Jefferson County Middle School.