The Triton School Board approved the 2018-19 calendar, approved student participation in several out-of-town events and planning for the next school year.
The 2018-19 school year will begin on Sept. 4 for grades 6-12 and Sept. 6 for grades K-5. Graduation will be June 2, 2019.
The calendar remains unchanged from the one discussed at the January meeting. Questions had been raised at that time about the lack of a spring vacation in April. The only no school day is Friday, April 19.
Supt. Brett Joyce said he had talked to both the president and past-president of the teachers union and they said that the calendar had been approved by the teachers with no more disagreement than previous calendars.
The Christmas break will begin with an early dismissal on Dec. 21. Classes will resume on Jan. 2.
Two student trips were approved including the BPA overnight trip to the State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis on March 8-10, 2018 and the Whitewater trip for next year.
BPA Advisor Rebecca Goossens said that 27 students will be attending the BPA conference.
The board also approved a resolution, as they do each year, that allows the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions.
The board also reviewed several positions that the district already knows will need to be filled for the next school year. The district is looking for teachers to replace Bruce Huber and Sandy Huber who are retiring from their positions in industrial technology and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), respectively. Joyce and High School Principal Craig Schlichting both said that those two positions will be difficult to fill because there are very few teachers in those areas.
The district will also be advertising John Schreiber's position as an English teacher. Schreiber is hired on a yearly contract basis and the position must be advertised each year, Joyce said. The district will also need to advertise for an activities director, football coach and two early childhood special education positions.
The board also approved extra-curricular contracts for Emily Postlewait as head softball coach and Joe Gielser as assistant softball coach and a contract for Megan Gochnauer as educational assistant.