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Triton School Board Appoves Hires and Fundraisers

July 19, 2011

07/20/11 With the start of school only a few weeks away, the Triton School Board approved a number of hires and appointments for the 2011-2012 school year during their regular meeting on July 18.

The first teacher day will be August 15 and the first student day, August 16.

Among those hired are the following:

Kendra Creighbaum, color guard coach; Justin Mort, Technology Director; Sarrah Davis, and 8th grade girl’s volleyball coach. Jon Shaffer was approved as a volunteer boy’s tennis coach.

The board voted in favor of blanket approval  of the following extra-curricular personnel: Layne Leeper, Jim Shively, varsity  assistant football; Dan Riffle, Ray West, Jr. High assistant football; Joe Doll, Matt Arvesen, volunteer football; Terrin Meister, varsity volleyball; Jamey Viers, junior varsity volleyball; and Allen Peckham, varsity boy’s tennis.

Approval was given for the transfer of Karyn McFarland from a Title I half-time interventionist position to a sixth grade teaching position; the hire of Katy Brown as a Title I half-time interventionist; the hire of Terri Large as a Title I interventionist; and the hire of Ashleigh Hanby as a fifth grade teacher.

The vote for all of the above was unanimous with the exception of one abstention by Debbie Shively concerning the approval for her spouse Jim Shively.

Principal Jeremy Riffle praised retiring teacher Linda Overmyer for her 40 years of service. He also spoke highly of the new personnel calling them “quality” hires.

The school may be sporting a new sign within the near future. The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a new sign to replace the current one located in front of the Jr.-Sr. High School. A determination of the size and other components will be made after the board has a chance to meet with a representative of Vanadco Signs to learn more of the pros and cons of each type. Superintendent Carl Hilling said, “Nobody likes climbing up to put letters on the sign now and the letters keep blowing off.” The new signage will enable personnel to post events and other schools functions through a computerized system.

The final coast of a replacement bus for the transportation of Special Education students came in at $88,535. The new bus is a 48- passenger International model that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. The board also approved the purchase of one new activity bus. The one in use now will be converted to carry band and sporting equipment by taking out the seats.

The board also approved some 30 fundraisers for the 2011-2012 school year. Projects ranged from cookie dough sales, chicken sales, book fair, trivia night, fruit sales, roller skating, consignment auction, golf scramble and many others. The board did clarify that one of those being considered was listed as a new mascot. In actuality, the mascot will remain the same, but the cheerleading squad will be holding a fundraiser to determine a new costume.

Carol Anders Correspondent

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