Triton School Board Hears About Building Work

June 10, 2024 at 8:40 p.m.
Pictured (L to R) are Triton School Board members Ken Miller, Wes Rettinger, Kevin Boyer, Terri Barnhart and Steve Stichter and Superintendent Jeremy Riffle. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union
Pictured (L to R) are Triton School Board members Ken Miller, Wes Rettinger, Kevin Boyer, Terri Barnhart and Steve Stichter and Superintendent Jeremy Riffle. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union

By JACKIE GORSKI Lifestyles Editor

BOURBON –  Superintendent Jeremy Riffle updated the Triton School Board Monday on some of the work going on at the school buildings.
The sound system in the Trojan Trench, the high school gym, has been substantially improved, Riffle said. Prior to graduation, the sound system in the Trench and Performing Arts Center were assessed and it was found out 70% of the speakers were in some way blown in the Trench.
The high school hallways and some of the classrooms are getting a fresh coat of paint.
The school board approved for Terrin Meister to paint the high school hallways at $11,150.
The large high school parking lot is set to be resealed and coated and will be sectioned off the first week of July.
The school corporation is also looking at roof repairs at the elementary school. Riffle said Triton had some experts look at the situation to come up with solutions.
The sidewalk will be added to at the drop-off area for the high school.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the amount of money the school corporation can spend annually on small purchases from $10,000 to $50,000.
School corporation Business Manager Tom McFarland said with federal money, there’s three purchasing types, including micro-purchases, or small purchases.
Currently, the school corporation could spend up to $10,000 annually in small purchases without seeking three formal bids.
Anything over that, up to $150,000, the school corporation has to get three formal bids. McFarland said it’s an annual cap, so where Triton runs into issues is with repairs. The state “came in and said we can raise that cap” for small purchases, he said.
• Approved the meal prices for the 2024-25 school year not to be increased from the 2023-24 school year.
• Learned there were 63 high school graduates at the commencement ceremony this year.
• Approved the resignation of Sharon Kindig as a fifth-grade teacher and Ali Rohrer as the special needs bus aide.
• Approved the hiring of Aimee Blue as an ESY summer school teacher, Geri Newman as a substitute corporation nurse and Jeremy Bules as a weight room summer supervisor.
• Approved the appointment of Jay Grossman as a Bourbon Public Library Board member.


BOURBON –  Superintendent Jeremy Riffle updated the Triton School Board Monday on some of the work going on at the school buildings.
The sound system in the Trojan Trench, the high school gym, has been substantially improved, Riffle said. Prior to graduation, the sound system in the Trench and Performing Arts Center were assessed and it was found out 70% of the speakers were in some way blown in the Trench.
The high school hallways and some of the classrooms are getting a fresh coat of paint.
The school board approved for Terrin Meister to paint the high school hallways at $11,150.
The large high school parking lot is set to be resealed and coated and will be sectioned off the first week of July.
The school corporation is also looking at roof repairs at the elementary school. Riffle said Triton had some experts look at the situation to come up with solutions.
The sidewalk will be added to at the drop-off area for the high school.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the amount of money the school corporation can spend annually on small purchases from $10,000 to $50,000.
School corporation Business Manager Tom McFarland said with federal money, there’s three purchasing types, including micro-purchases, or small purchases.
Currently, the school corporation could spend up to $10,000 annually in small purchases without seeking three formal bids.
Anything over that, up to $150,000, the school corporation has to get three formal bids. McFarland said it’s an annual cap, so where Triton runs into issues is with repairs. The state “came in and said we can raise that cap” for small purchases, he said.
• Approved the meal prices for the 2024-25 school year not to be increased from the 2023-24 school year.
• Learned there were 63 high school graduates at the commencement ceremony this year.
• Approved the resignation of Sharon Kindig as a fifth-grade teacher and Ali Rohrer as the special needs bus aide.
• Approved the hiring of Aimee Blue as an ESY summer school teacher, Geri Newman as a substitute corporation nurse and Jeremy Bules as a weight room summer supervisor.
• Approved the appointment of Jay Grossman as a Bourbon Public Library Board member.


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