Triton raises prices for school meals

BOURBON — Triton school board members voted Monday to increase the price of school meals by 10 cents for elementary breakfast and lunch, and by 25 cents for high school breakfast and 35 cents for high school lunch. The price increase is due to the Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 that requires schools to provide healthier choices for students, and the increasing price of fruit and vegetables. Triton Elementary principal Jeremy Riffle commented that school meal prices are required to go up by at least 10 cents every year. The new price for elementary breakfast is 95 cents, elementary lunch is now $1.50, high school breakfast is now $1.25, and high school lunch is $1.75.
Also at the board meeting:
• Board members accepted the retirement of Linda Bowdler, elementary halftime reading interventionist effective May 31, 2011. They also received the resignation of Mason McIntyre as the 5th grade boy's basketball coach and the resignation of Laura Lamaster, elementary teacher.
• Board members approved the hiring of Kellin Cripe as the boy's 13-15 baseball coach for the 2010-2011 season. Cripe is hired to replace the former coach. The board also approved the hiring of summer softball volunteer coaches Steve McBride, Bethany Kern, Jeff Mellott, Bill Keyser, and Scott Jennings. Jim Shively was also hired as a volunteer coach for summer varsity baseball.
• Janet Barker was congratulated for receiving the assistant chief business officer certification through the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) certification program.
• The board discussed the five bids they had received from contractors for the renovation of the concession stand and restroom area. One of the bids was invalidated because it did not have correct paperwork, and the other four were over budget. The board decided to reopen bidding.
• The board adopted the student handbook and the elementary textbooks and textbook rental for the 2010-2011 school year.
• Elementary principal Jeremy Riffle announced that the community work day June 2 was a success, thanking the families involved for their help.
"We made a lot of progress, obviously we still have a lot to do but it will be ready when the kids come in August," said Riffle.
Riffle also thanked Rodger Terry, street department supervisor, for his time and the use of the town's equipment.
•Michael Chobanov, high school principal, reported that the choir won the state award and the band was seven points away from also winning the award.
• Mike Eiser noted that the Destination Imagination team did well in their competition, finishing 25th in two different problems. Eiser said that there were 75 teams in each challenge they participated in.