Triton receives grant to fund K-2 summer school

BOURBON — Triton Elementary School principal Jeremy Riffle announced at the school board meeting Monday evening that the school had received an early literacy grant from the Department of Education in the amount of $43,000.
“These funds will be used to help ‘at risk’ kindergarten through second grade students by paying for supplies and teacher’s salaries (for summer school),” said Riffle in an interview later.
He added that this is the first year the school had received that particular grant. Also, Title I funds will be used to pay for summer school for third grade students. Specifically, the summer classes will help students meet IREAD3 testing requirements.
“It’s a basic reading assessment to make sure (students) are reading on grade level,” said Riffle of the IREAD test. “(The summer school) is like an extra boost.”
In other school business:
• High school principal Michael Chobanov asked for the board’s permission to check on the cost of transforming the unused planetarium into a computer lab. Board president Deb Shively said that she is open to the idea, noting that it might be good for the public to be aware of the costs of such a project.
“(The planetarium) is sitting idle now and we’ve got to do something with it either way,” said Shively.
No one contested her comments, and the board moved unanimously to allow Chobanov to research the project.
• The board accepted the resignation of elementary teacher Mary Eloise Smith, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year. They also accepted a resignation from Terrin Meister as fifth grade girls basketball coach, effective immediately, and approved the hiring of Lana Howstrawser as new fifth grade girls basketball coach.