Superintendent contract approved at Triton Schools

BOURBON – Triton School Superintendent Donna Burroughs was rewarded with positive comments during a public hearing on her new contract prior to the regular School Board meeting Monday night.
Observations from Board members and administrators present affirmed her work and leadership of the school corporation. The public hearing was preceded by an executive session in which the Board conducted a self-evaluation.
IN other action:
• At the Board meeting, Burroughs reported on a grant to be submitted to the Marshall County Community Foundation to purchase needed soccer goals for the physical education program and a 3-D printer for Project Lead the Way. The printer is on the cutting edge of modern technological education.
New junior high classes in automation and design and robotics will teach students to design on a computer. The printer will then create a 3-D model of the design out of a plastic material.
A class in another location designed an artificial hand for one of their classmates. This technology will introduce students to the field of engineering in a very hands-on way. This technology, however, is currently used in many occupations, and not just by engineers.
• Positive Behavior Intervention Support Plans were reviewed by Riffle and high school teacher Ron Brown.
The plans, a part of the recent strategic plan, make responses to behavior consistent across the entire school system. They are designed to accentuate and reward positive behavior. The emphasis of the plans is on teaching (developing positive behavior) rather than on punishing.
• The First United Church of Christ located at 407 N. Main Street in Bourbon has requested support for a “Fifth Quarter” activity following home football games.
Students in grades 7-12 will be invited to attend the social event at the church, which is within walking distance of the football field, following each home game. Pizza will be provided as well as games and fun activities which will vary with each Fifth Quarter.
The Board voted to support this endeavor by announcing it in appropriate ways.
•Retirements were approved for Donna Feldman – elementary instructional assistant, Sally Fawley – elementary media center coordinator, Michael Chobanov – Jr/Sr High School principal, and Mary Lou Reed after 27 years as special education case coordinator.
• Kenny Klotz – maintenance worker was hired.
• Contracts were approved for Burroughs, Chobanov, elementary principal Jeremy Riffle, junior/senior high assistant principal Bob Ross, Mason McIntyre – Athletic Director, Christine Cook data/testing specialist, Joshua Van Houten – elementary assistant, and contracts for bus drivers.
• Extracurricular activities coaching positions were also finalized as follows:
Cheerleading: varsity Emily Grubbs and Whitney Ambrose, elementary Dara Greenawalt, and junior high volunteer Staci George;
Football: varsity John Johns, varsity assistant Ron Brown, volunteer Jeremy May, and junior high Jim Snyder;
Volleyball: varsity assistant Libby Chang, 8th grade Shelly Feldman, 7th grade Christina Stout, 6th grade Lana Hostrawser, Ashleigh Hanby, Brittney Brosman;
Cross country: varsity Wes Rettinger, junior high Travis Cooper, volunteer assistant Todd Hoffer;
Tennis: varsity boys Al Peckham, varsity girls Al Peckham;
Golf: varsity girls Jack Carpenter, varsity boys Jack Carpenter, junior high boys Dave Carpenter, volunteer varsity boys assistant Blake Schori;
Basketball: varsity girls Adam Heckaman, varsity girls assistant Lindsay Shively, JV girls Justina Faulkner, 8th grade girls Brent Cooper, 7th grade girls Teresa Watkins, varsity boys Jason Groves, varsity boys assistant Steve Duff, JV boys Matt Landis, freshman boys Blake Schori;
Wrestling: varsity Matt Arvensen, varsity assistant Ronald Brown;
Baseball: varsity Rodney Younis, varsity assistant Brad Hargrave;
Softball: varsity Steve McBride, varsity assistant Bill Keyser, JV Paul Walker;
Track: varsity boys Curt Kreft, junior high boys Joe White, junior high girls Jeremy May.
• Student handbooks for both buildings were approved with changes reflecting current law regarding discipline, seclusion and restraint.
• Textbook rentals for both buildings were also approved for the coming year. Burroughs pointed out that book rentals were the lowest they have been since 2009, and complimented administrators for holding costs down.
• Burroughs included in the agenda an opportunity for comments on the proposed balanced calendar for 2015-2016.
So far, she said, there have been no negative comments and only responses in favor of the calendaring system have been expressed. She plans to include opportunity for comments at each School Board meeting so that staff, faculty, parents, administrators, and students can have plenty of time to respond before a final decision is made.
• New corporation Treasurer Michelle Babcock presented a 2015 budget calendar (schedule of dates when elements of the budget need to be approved). The Board also signed her bond as treasurer as required by the state.

This story was originally published in the July 23 edition of the Pilot News.