Triton board honors Cobra Pride recipients
The Triton school board honored Cobra Pride recipients, heard a report from School Resource Officer Deputy Dave Skadson, approved the sale/refunding of General Obligation School Building Refunding Bonds and approved a number of routine items at its October meeting.
Monthly Cobra Pride honorees included students Adrian Martinez and Chelsey Lasker, Kindergarten teacher Katie Macrafic and Middle School science teacher Chelsey Baumbach.
Martinez, a senior, was “an instrumental force with the building of our Triton soccer program,” Superintendent Craig Schlichting said. He was named All-Conference at the end of the season becoming the first Triton athlete to earn the award for soccer. He has been involved in the program since its inception and was a multi-year captain.
Schlichting said he has also been a role model in high school and a fine ambassador for the school.
Lasker earned her 1,000th assist during the volleyball game against St. Charles on Homecoming Friday. She has been a two-year starter for the volleyball team in addition to playing basketball and softball throughout middle and high school.
Macrafic, Schlichting said, was instrumental in helping get the school year off to a good start in a positive fashion. She assisted in the creating of schedules and helped plan the PLC calendar. The schools PBIS program is flourishing because of her hard work, he said.
“She also connects with the community and makes cards for her students to celebrate,” he said. “She is always willing to help and does what is best for our school.”
Baumbach is new to the Triton district this year and has been instituting some innovative teaching methods including during her recent ecology unit where she invited a DNR forester to speak to students about invasive species and then had the students work on their own projects which they presented to the public.
Skadson, who serves as school resource officer for both the Triton and Hayfield school districts, told board members that they may be seeing more calls for service from the schools recently on their reports but that is due primarily to a change in reporting methods and what data is required to be entered into the system.
He also told board members that each morning he is at the school he tries to do a check of doors and secure areas as soon as he arrives.
The district will also be getting a new D.A.R.E. officer this year, Skadson said. Deputy Tyler Vermeersch has expressed an interest in being a D.A.R.E. instructor and is undergoing training to teach the class to elementary students. He replaces Deputy Matthew Stradtmann, who has left the department.
Jeff Solomon of Baker Tilly told board members that four bids had been received for the sale/refunding of General Obligation Bonds. The funds available from the sale, he said, should be available Nov. 20.
The board also approved the certified staff seniority list and the classified staff seniority as well as a number of personnel items including a contracts for Xitlali Martinez as Cobra Kids sub and ELS childcare provider; Mayra Monarrez as adult ESL classroom assistant; Crystal Wallace as ECSE educational assistant; an extra-curricular contract for Cherie Haas as Academic Triathlon advisor and resignations of Jeanette Myers as Cobra Care room assistant and John Miller, band director.
Following the board meeting the district held an informational meeting regarding the upcoming school levy on Nov. 5 with Schlichting explaining the referendum to those in attendance.
The board will meet again at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Triton Performing Arts Center to canvass the Nov. 5 election and hold its November meeting.