4/23/2014 3:21:00 PM Triton School Board
$600,000 McNeilus donation accepted
By Larry Dobson
Triton school board members voted Monday night to accept the donation of $600,000 from McNeilus Steel, Inc. to be used for installation of artificial turf. The schedule now calls for installation of the turf to be completed by August 1, 2014. There was some discussion of how to handle the school district's share of the cost of the turf, including a lease payment or financing through a local lender, but no decision was made at the meeting.
In other business, the board approved:
minutes of the March 10, 2014 regular meeting;
payment of claims and bills totaling $787,629.23;
maternity leave for Jessica Dailey August 25, 2014 through October 20, 2014;
a contract for Nancy Johnson as custodian;
a long-term substitute teacher agreement for Emily Fischenich;
a contract for Tyler Johnson as middle school science teacher;
a contract for Mark Raymond a Triton Middle School principal;
a contract for Craig Schlichting as Triton High School principal;
resignation/retirement for Lynn Hartvick as teacher effective June 6, 2014;
an overnight trip for Rebecca Sandager's Business Professionals of America (BPA) students to attend the National BPA Convention April 30-May 3 at Indianapolis, Indiana. The students won first place in regional competition and second place in state competition to earn a place in the national competition;
purchase of a new 84-passenger Bluebird school bus to replace one that was totaled after an accident a few weeks ago;
a food service contract with Taher, Inc. for the next school year;
breakfast and lunch prices for the 2014-2015 school year. Breakfasts will remain the same as this year, $1.15/student and $1.75/adult; lunches will increase $0.10 to $1.90 for K-5, $1.95 for 6-8, $2.05 for 9-12 and $3.55/$4.05 for adults;
payment of $310,718.93 to Merrimac Construction for work on remodeling the school in 2012 and 2013, after review and approval by the school's consultant and architects. The district continues to hold retainage of $77,679.64 pending final review and approval;
an expenditure increase of $4,640 for technology staffing.
Elementary Principal Nancy Stuckey gave a presentation on the Response to Intervention (RtI) process, a program to eliminate the achievement gap and develop lifelong readers and learners. The process involves:
high quality instruction;
research based instruction;
continuous progress monitoring;
progress monitoring during intervention.
There are three pyramidal levels to the process, beginning with a level one base core instruction program, a level two targeted small group instruction program and a level three intensive individual intervention program. Stuckey said the process is administered by staff called the Student Intervention Team (SIT) using ICEL, instruction, curriculum, environment and learner information to develop a plan for each student. She said the goal is to spend 25 minutes five times a week with each student.
Stuckey said there are 69 students in grades k-5 in level three at the present time.
Superintendent Brett Joyce endorsed the work the RtI team is doing and said, "It is critical to get kids to read up to grade level."
Joyce also reported that the district has received the $100,000 check from McNeilus Steel, Inc. for iPads.
The next school board meeting is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6 p.m.