Coaches hired at board meeting

BOURBON — In a meeting of the Triton school board Monday, the board voted unanimously to make several changes to the school program — changes that involve new employees, the academic calendar, and cafeteria meal prices. They also heard reports on various school matters.
The school board voted unanimously to hire Thomas Cody as the boys/girls assistant track coach for the 2011-12 school season. They also voted to employ Brad Hargrave as the 13- to 15-year-old baseball coach and volunteer assistant coach for JV baseball for the 2011-12 school season.
A vote to adopt the calendar for the 2012-13 school year was passed. The board explained an objection that had previously been raised.
“The one objection that was made was that we are out of sync with the other nine [school] districts because we had looked at having spring break in April,” said the board. After investigating the issue, the board was able to conclude that “there didn’t seem to be any harmful or adverse reactions to the other school districts.”
The school board approved a raise in the Elementary breakfast and lunch prices by $.10 each. Breakfast will now cost students $1.05 and lunch will rise to $1.60. According to the board, these increases will gradually bring the corporation lunch prices up to the rates mandated by the State.
“Again, [we] just want to point out the fact that we have to do that to meet the rates mandated by the State,” commented Amy Middaugh. “It’s not something that we proposed to have mandated.”
High school cafeteria prices will remain the same.
During the meeting, two reports were presented to the school board.
Carl Hilling presented an update on the concession stand project, noting that he has observed daily improvement in the progress of the concession stand buildings.
Christine Cook, K-12 data assessment coordinator for Triton, presented a data assessment report. Cook noted the increased use of online testing within the Triton school corporation, and said that all grades will move toward more online testing.
“Online testing is much better” than the traditional testing method, Cook said, because it is easier to avoid errors in the grading process and the technology makes the students feel important. According to Cook, using the internet with younger grades will also prepare students for important online tests that begin in the third grade and ensure that students develop computer skills.
Cook commented that getting the assessment report out is important, and she let attendees know that the data is available on the school website (www.triton.k12.in.us) under the Jr.-Sr. High School link on the toolbar.