BOURBON – During Triton School Board’s reorganization session Monday, the oath of office was given to re-elected members Wes Rettinger and Kevin Boyer.

By unanimous vote, the elected officers for 2021 will be Terri Barnhart, president; Boyer, vice president; and Steve Stichter, secretary. Ken Miller will continue as a member.

Other board appointments include Stitcher as ISBA delegate/legislative liaison; Rettinger, student handbook committee representative; and Barnhart as the textbook adoption committee representative and board policy representative.

The board will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month. The agenda lists the administration building as the location for meetings, but due to COVID restrictions, meetings may be held in the Triton Jr./Sr. High School library to allow for social distancing.

Superintendent Jeremy Riffle announced that they will begin taking applications for the positions of athletic director and assistant principal this month. The positions are held by Mason McIntyre, who tendered his resignation effective at the end of the school year.

Riffle also explained that there are three vacation days that will be placed back into the school calendar. January 29, Feb. 15 and April 23 could be used as makeup days if needed; however, the state is waiving the requirement of holding classes for 180 days.

Since Triton School Corporation is designated as a Performance School, it is allowed to reach the comparable number of hours to the 180 days. Riffle says it gives the corporation a great deal more flexibility.

At this time, Triton Elementary is serving eight students virtually on a regular basis and also providing virtual education to eight additional students who are quarantined due to social distancing tracing. The Jr./Sr. High School has 19 being instructed at home and an additional 34 who are quarantined.

Principal Nathan McKeand gave an overview of the use of after-school study tables at the Jr./Sr. High that are open to all students and they specifically encourage struggling students to attend for extra help.

Christine Cook, principal of Triton Elementary, said students are now able to travel to the library, computer room and art room for instruction.