Budget

FY19 Budget Update – Final Budget Approved

Good Afternoon,

This will be the last of my messages updating you on this incredibly long budget process this spring! The Rowley Town Meeting passed the budget last night, giving us our 2nd of 3 towns to approve our budget, and therefore making the May 16th budget final. That is obviously good news in that we have a spending plan, and the state will not need to step in to set an interim budget. However, I wanted to make sure that everyone is clear in regards to the changes that this approved budget requires. Unfortunately, we continue on a trend of decreasing services rather than restoring, and this financial challenge looks to continue in the coming years. As we close this very difficult budget year we are already looking to next year and how we might improve the process and overall outcomes.

The School Committee approved budgets three (3) times this year. The first Tentative Budget on February 14th included a roughly $3M increase over the current year, followed by a March 14th Final Budget that decreased that spending by approximately $750K. The March 14th budget reflected an increase over the current year of about $2.25M. It was this budget that went to Town Meetings and the ballot box, and ultimately wasn’t passed by our member towns. On May 16, 2018 the School Committee approved a further amended FY19 Budget that brought total assessments to our member towns down an additional $665K, and a total increase in spending over the current year of $1.79M. It is this budget that was approved last night.

Below is a listing of changes from existing spending this year assumed in this final budget.

  • The cost of doing business, including all changes to personnel contracts, benefits, utilities, contracted services, supplies, and materials, including savings and efficiencies where possible
  • Addition of improvements for student safety, including better access control logging for visitors, and the addition of school site video monitoring at all schools
  • Addition of one (1.0) Special Education Teacher at Pine Grove School
  • Addition of one (1.0) Special Education Teacher at Salisbury Elementary
  • Significant increases to the tuitions for Out of District Special Education placements
  • Reduction of the District Data Specialist (Technology Staff) from 1.0 to 0.5
  • Reduction of the District Payroll Clerk from 1.0 to 0.5
  • Reduction of 1.0 Middle School Foreign Language Teacher
  • Reduction of 2.6 High School Classroom Teachers
  • Reduction of 1.0 High School Reading Specialist
  • Reduction of 1.0 Classroom Teacher at NES
  • Reduction of 14.0 Instructional Assistants
  • Reduction of 2.0 Custodians (1 half time reduced at each of 4 sites)

Certainly, we never want to find ourselves in this situation where we are reducing services and offerings rather than maintaining or increasing them. However, as we reviewed the required reduction in spending and the various ways we could account for the required reductions, we believe these changes will be the least impacting on student learning overall. While there will indeed be impacts felt, I am confident that we will continue to offer a top tier, high quality learning experience for our students. We have busy all spring, and will continue through the summer, to minimize the overall impact of these reductions.

If you have any questions about this process, or the changes it required, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Respectfully,
Brian

Vaping

Support Needed for Bill on Vaping

Many see vaping as a safe alternative to smoking.  After all, you’re not inhaling tobacco smoke, right? But the aerosol, which is often mistaken for water vapor, actually contains fine particles of varying amounts of toxic chemicals which, like cigarettes, have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.

Much like cigarettes before them, big tobacco companies are marketing e-cigarettes and vaping products to our kids.  Not only are they usually sweet tasting, but they are cheap and easy to get.

Now, thanks to the House of Representatives, Bill H.4486 is with the Senate, to be voted on soon.  This bill essentially amends the current law, which contains restrictions and regulations for tobacco products, to include vaping pens, e-cigarettes and all related paraphernalia.  For the safety of our children, it is critical that this bill passes.

We urge parents and community members to contact their legislators to encourage their support of the bill.  In the Triton District, those legislators are:

Representative Bradford Hill: Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov; 617.722.2100
Representative James Kelcourse: James.Kelcourse@mahouse.gov; 617.722.2130
Representative Leonard Mirra: Leonard.Mirra@mahouse.gov; 617.722.2488
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives: Kathlreen.OConnorIvevs@masenate.gov; 617.722.1604
Senator Bruce Tarr: Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov; 617.722.1600

 

Triton Arts Logo

It’s Alive – One Show Revival of “Zombie Prom”

It’s ALIVE!

Triton Arts presents the revival of the Triton High School spring musical, “Zombie Prom”, on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the THS auditorium.

This alarming tale of atomic teen angst, takes us back to those Fabulous Fifties when Ike and Mamie were in the White House, Dad was home from WWII, Mom was in the kitchen, and kids were spinning those rock and roll 45’s!

“Zombie” was a huge hit in March and has been nominated for nine Massachusetts Educational Theatre/Broadway in Boston musical theatre awards – including Best Production!

We are bringing “Zombie Prom” back for one show only as a fundraiser for some much-needed auditorium upgrades, and we want to pack the house! This is a reserved seating event, and tickets are on sale now.

Dress circle tickets are $15, and General Admission tickets are $10. We will still offer a $5 discount off those prices for students and senior citizens.

Order tickets on line by going to this link:

Order by paper form and check by clicking this link to download and print the form:


Call Sue Densmore at 978-462-8171, x1130 if you have questions or want to place a credit card order by phone.

7th Annual Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride

The 7th Annual Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, June 10th. Kids ages 4-13 bike the Clipper City Rail Trail or participate in a tricycle obstacle course at Cashman Park to have fun while raising money for innovative cancer research and patient care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride is one of 35 kids rides held throughout MA, NH, RI, CT & NY.

The Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride is honored to have been matched with a very special Pedal Partner this year, Newbury Elementary School’s student, Ellie Bauer.  The PMC’s Pedal Partner Program connects PMC cyclists and rides with children who are cancer patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic.

For more information or to register to ride or volunteer go to: http://www.kids.pmc.org/newburyport.aspx.  Donations may also be made through the website.

The ride also has a facebook page: PMC Greater Newburyport Kids Ride Facebook Page

Forum on the Dangers of Vaping

Vaping is often promoted as a way to “smoke” without having the negative effects of cigarettes. There are, however, other risks associated with vaping. Attend the Forum on the Dangers of Vaping & educate yourself & your loved ones on what these risks are.

When:  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Where:  High School Library
What:  Forum on the dangers of vaping
Who: Presenting the forum will be Diane Knight, RN, and Director of the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership, a program affiliated with the Mass Department of Public Health. Also in attendance will be the Triton district nurses, our School Resource Officers and members from the Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury police, along with district wide administrators.

Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury Election Information

Newbury
Town Election: May 8th 7:00 am- 8:00 pm / Ballot
Precinct 1 – Newbury Fire Station at Firemen’s Memorial Hall, 3 Morgan Avenue
Precinct 2 – Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street


Rowley
Town Election: May 8th 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hall, 202 Main St.


Salisbury 
Town Election: May 8th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm / Ballot
Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Rd.
Annual Town Meeting: May 14, 2018
7:00 pm
Salisbury Elementary Cafeteria

Triton Students Win Statewide Stock Market Game

Congratulations to Sophomores Joseph Luciano and Benjamin Campbell who took first and second place, respectively, in the “year-long” Stock Market Game in Massachusetts! They were competing against 889 other players/teams in the state.

The Stock market game is run by the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association” (SIFMA), a United States industry trade group representing securities firms, banks, and asset management companies.

The Stock Market Game is really more of a simulation than a game. Players’ achievement in the game is based on real companies and the actual stock prices of those companies.  Each player/team get a “virtual” $100,000 to invest in the stocks of real companies, and gain earnings based on actual stock performance.

Individually, Joe made an $82,012 profit and Ben made a $55,231 profit, in less than 8 months.

Richard Fisher, a Business Education teacher at Triton, has been using the game in his Accounting and Principles of Finance class for the past 10 years.  In 2012, Triton student Henryk Jankowski rank 23rd in the game statewide.  This was the highest ranking achieved at Triton until this year.  That score helped propel Henryk to qualify for the DECA International competition in Florida. Henryk is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Accounting at Bentley University.

Joe and Ben will be honored at a luncheon awards ceremony on May 31 at the Fidelity Investments Auditorium. Again, a huge congratulations on this impressive accomplishment. We envision a prosperous future for you both!

Students inducted into Foreign Language National Honor Society

Congratulations to the nineteen students who were recently inducted into the Triton High School Foreign Language Honor Society, Triton High School’s Chapters of the Société Honoraire de Français and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica:

Juniors inducted in 2018:

Société Honoraire de Français

Abigail Densmore
Jacqueline Downs
Lillian Fullford
Allie Hawkes
Samantha Kennedy
Ainsley Marsh
Sophie Proctor
Abigail Wing

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica

Carisa Boyle
Ashleigh Cheshire
Evelyn Densmore
Elizabeth Eliot
Lindsey Gardella
Isabella Lesinski
Elisabeth Lindholm
Tirth Patel
Rachel Phillips
Caitlyn Rooney
Sophia Simeone

 

Membership in this organization, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, is the highest honor for secondary students of foreign language in the country. These honor societies offer students a variety of scholarships, travel awards and other opportunities, such as writing contests and the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in directing chapter events.

The aim of the society is to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward excellence in the highest level of instruction of Foreign Language at Triton High School and to provide a service to the school and community. The Triton advisors to the society are Mrs. Regina Symonds for French and Dr. Eben Williams for Spanish. The organization’s goal is to stimulate interest in the study of foreign language, global learning and diplomacy, and to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of foreign cultures and civilization, to promote and perpetuate international friendship and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the International world.

The inductees were honored at a multilingual “transmission of the torch” induction ceremony in the school library on Thursday evening, April 12th, 2018 by current FLHS members of the graduating class of 2018, and by the Society’s Officers.  Opening the ceremony were Superintendent Forget and Principal Ruggere, who stressed the academic achievements of the new inductees and current members: all are currently enrolled in a foreign language course, have a minimum 90 percent cumulative average of all foreign language courses taken from ninth grade to the present, have an 83 percent cumulative average and have a behavioral record free from suspension, instances of academic dishonesty and/or a pattern of inappropriate behavior.  

“As a member of the Triton Regional High School Chapter, I promise to devote myself to the study of the French and Spanish language/s in order to master them. Someday, remembering that a language can be a strong tie between persons of differing origins of race or religion. As a citizen of my country, I promise to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and the other lands of the world. This is my promise and my oath.”

Triton Education Foundation Cinco De Mayo Scavenger Hunt!

Please come support Triton Education Foundation on May 5th at the Cinco De Mayo Scavenger Hunt! Teachers, Parents, Friends come as a team or as individuals and bring your Triton Viking Spirit for a fun adult competition in downtown Newburyport!

Go to www.tritonedfoundation.org to sign up or email us at tritoneducationfoundation@gmail.com

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