AYER — Robert Ackerman has finished his second year at the helm of the Page Hilltop School, but he hasn’t slowed down.

“There is so much work to be done in the summer months,” he said.

The custodians are moving classrooms around to make room for the fifth grade that will join the Page Hilltop community in the fall. The fourth and fifth grades will be housed in the current fourth-grade wing, and the two Fitchburg, Leominster, Lancaster and Clinton (FLLAC) rooms will be relocated to the second-grade and preschool wings.

With a record-setting year for retirements, there were a few positions that were eliminated due to budget constraints, and a couple of new hires. There will be two new teachers on the first-grade team, “both of whom came to us highly recommended,” said Ackerman.

Tammy Nadeau will join the Page Hilltop community as a teacher in the new inclusion support room that will serve seven to eight children. Roslyn Sliwa, formerly the special education (SPED) team leader, will be the district’s SPED director.

Another large change for the school is the start and finish time of the school day. The day will be shifted 30 minutes earlier to accommodate busing schedules and the merging of the middle and high schools.

“We found that the day was ending too late for some kids,” said Ackerman. “Sometimes in the winter months, students were getting off the buses as it was getting dark.”

“The teachers welcomed the earlier start,” he said, and there might be more opportunities that families can take advantage of after school. Those include KidFit, music lessons by Indian Hill Music School and a Mandarin Chinese class that Ackerman has been looking into. With the elimination of Spanish lessons during the school day as a result of budget cuts, an after-school foreign language program could be popular with parents.

When asked about his goals and hopes for Page Hilltop, Ackerman is very clear.

“I want to help prepare our student body to become lifelong learners. I want them to build strong foundations in education so they will have successful lives, I want them to enjoy learning, and I want them to think and act globally.”

One way he’s working on that goal is through the “scorecard” he made public on the school’s Web site,

The federal government has issued a mandate that 100 percent of students should be reading at grade level by 2014. Ackerman has included what the current reading proficiency percentage is on his scorecard.

“Parents should know what these numbers are and that we’re dedicated to improving them.”

Using the MCAS and two other assessment methods — the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) — Ackerman has calculated that Page Hilltop’s proficiency reading level is approximately 75 percent.

Page Hilltop has a goal of being at 90 percent by 2019. Some of the school’s strategies are to consistently use small group instruction for students, have SPED teachers work across grade levels and offer greater flexibility to meet students’ needs.

“Schools are required to have annual improvement plans to think and plan about how to get better,” said Ackerman. “In order to simplify it for the public, I created this scorecard to be used to gauge how well we are doing. The expectation is that we will update the scorecard on a quarterly basis to be accountable to the community and ourselves.”