3/26/2013 1:55:00 PM Triton approves Kelly's retirement plan
By Larry Dobson
Although no plan is in place yet for finding a replacement, the Triton School Board approved an extension of Superintendent Robert Kelly's employment with the district until the end of this year with the understanding that he will be retiring then. A plan for Kelly's replacement will be considered by the board later in the year.
Kelly said he had been planning to retire earlier but that he wanted to see construction of the new additions to the school completed before leaving, and that will not be accomplished until late summer. He said that is a bad time to start a new superintendent, so he recommended to the board that it extend the contract with S.A.S.S. (School Administrative Specialty Services), with whom the board contracts for Kelly's services, until mid-winter and have a new superintendent start in January of 2014. He said either after the school year ends or in January are the best times for starting a superintendent.
The school board may decide to promote from within, advertise for applicants from outside or contract with S.A.S.S. or some other service to find a replacement for Kelly.
In other business, the board approved:
minutes of the Feb. 11 board meeting;
claims and bills totaling $1,595,451.15;
a contract for Susan Spatenka as education assistant;
a contract for Jeremy Moran as junior high girls softball coach;
a contract for Jamie Geer as education assistant;
resignation/retirement for Joanne Levi as teacher effective at the end of the school year;
resignation/retirement for Linda Schueler as teacher effective May 29, 2013;
resignation of Peter Somers as teacher effective March 13, 2013;
an overnight trip for students to the FFA State Convention in St. Paul on April 28-30, 2013.
The board tabled action on changing banks.
The board heard a report from Middle School Principal Craig Schlichting on the Grades 6-12 Ramp Up to Readiness Program, a curriculum to assist students to prepare for college and careers.
Kelly also discussed with the board the changes that are necessary in the staff benefit package, which currently costs the district $871,000. The district currently offers a health reimbursement account (HRA) through a contract with Employee Benefit Consultants (EBC), and Kelly said the district will need to make some changes in the plan to avoid fines which could be as much as $250,000 a year. He said a new plan is necessary the costs employees a maximum of 9.5% of salary and covers a minimum of 60% of costs. The district may elect to continue with an HRA, to use insurance or to develop an integrated plan using both an HRA and insurance. No action was considered at this meeting.
Kelly also reported that the district is in good shape as far as snow days. There have been seven snow days this school year but there is no need to make those up, and additional days could be missed without requiring makeup days but more snow days seems unlikely.