Changes Coming to Triton this Fall
There will be visible changes next fall when the 2019-20 school year opens at Triton.
The Triton School Board last week made the decision to approve some tough budget decisions that will cut teachers, an educational assistant and an administrator. It will also cut one afternoon bus route and increase student participation fees. The board will also save money as the retirement of one teacher and the already-accepted resignation of another will save the district when it rehires. Supervisory personnel for the after school weight room will also be revised and a reorganization of the Transportation/Buildings and Grounds will result in one less custodian.
Those cuts will result in a $289,470 reduction in the budget.
Revenue will also be increased. An increase in student participation fees from $90 to $100 will bring added revenue of $5,000 and starting a daycare operation through Community Education should bring in an additional $50,000. The district was also able to recode some facilities funds and move them to the General Fund to gain an additional $120,000.
It was noted that the cap of $400 per family for student participation fees will remain the same and there will still be some scholarships available for those who cannot afford the fees.
With the reductions and additions, the 2019-2020 budget comes in with a $479,000 reduction from the current year.
Administrators will have the details available for the board at the April meeting. Community Education will also present details of the new Triton day care at that meeting.
Board members and administrators have said consistently that the decisions are not made lightly because cutting staff always affects the students.
The board last month approved asking voters in November to approve a levy of $750 per pupil.
Last week the board also approved the contract with high school Principal Craig Schlichting to become the superintendent effective July 1. He will be replacing Brett Joyce who is retiring at the end of the year. Schlichting and the board agreed to a three-year contract at $130,000 for the first year and increases of $4,000 in years two and three.
The board last month approved the resignation of elementary Principal Nick Jurrens.
With Schlichting moving up to superintendent and Jurrens’ resignation, it still leaves the district with one administrative position open.