Triton Regional School District
June 1, 2007 Sandra J. Halloran, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools Volume 1, Issue 6
In This Issue
• Class Size As I’m sure you all know the Triton Regional School District budget for the 2007-
2008 school year was successfully passed at town meetings in all three of our
• New England communities in May. I would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the
Association of Schools towns of Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury for their commitment to and support of
and Colleges (NEASC) education for all of our students. The District continues to set high standards for all
• Curriculum students, staff and faculty. With the full funding of the FY2008 budget, the district is
poised to implement changes focused on improving student achievement.
• Safety The funding of the Triton Regional School District FY2008 budget will allow the
• In Closing District to reduce class size, address High School NEASC accreditation, enhance
curriculum, improve technology, and address school safety needs.
Based on class enrollment projections at the elementary level, nine teachers will be re-
instated across the district. Newbury Elementary School will gain four teachers, Pine
Grove School will gain three teachers, and Salisbury Elementary School will have two
teachers re-instated and one teacher re-assigned for a total gain of three teachers. With
these positions added back to our elementary schools, class sizes will range from 19 to
25 students. An exception to this is the 6th grade class at Newbury Elementary School.
That class is being monitored for enrollment and will be the next class to gain an
additional teacher should the District be able to fund the position. There are other
elementary classes that are also being monitored as they have numbers that continue to
be higher than what we would like to see.
At the High School, three classroom teachers are being hired. Based on these staff hires,
sections will be re-instated in English, mathematics, and social studies. A physical
education teacher is also being re-instated. This position not only allows additional
physical education programming but also has a direct impact on reducing the number of
students using the library for directed study.
A reading specialist and a mathematics specialist are being hired for each Elementary
Contact Us School as well as the Middle School. These specialists will provide direct services to
Triton Reg. School District students based on the needs of the individual schools and students. They will also
Superintendent’s Office provide curriculum coordination, peer modeling, and professional development for both
112 Elm Street fellow teachers and administrators.
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NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND
• Thurs., June 7th:
Advisory Council Mtg.;
With the FY2008 budget, the High School will be able to focus on the recommendations
Conference Room made by New England Association of Schools and Colleges to improve our current
status of warning. The three additional classroom teachers and the physical education
• Sat., June 9th: teacher reflect the corrective actions required in the NEASC report. The reinstatement
THS Graduation of the athletic director position on a 50% basis and the reduction of user fees to $250.00
for athletics and $100.00 for extracurricular activities also directly reflect the NEASC
• Wed., June 13th: report recommendations. We are hopeful these corrections will allow us to be removed
School Committee Mtg.; from the warning status category when our next required updated report is submitted in
7:00 PM October, 2007.
Triton Regional High
• Thurs., June 14th:
Communications Mtg.; Curriculum needs throughout the District will be addressed as follows: Grade 5 in each
Superintendents’s elementary school will receive new mathematics materials, Investigations in Number,
Conference Room Data and Space. Social Studies textbooks will be purchased as needed for each
Elementary School for grades 3 and 4; Literature needs will be met at the Middle School
• Mon., June 18th:
Last day of school and the High School with the purchase of new novels. Textbooks are also being
purchased for Foreign Language at grade 9.
• Tues., June 19th:
School Committee Goal In addition to the integrated preschool classes at Newbury Elementary School, Pine
Setting Workshop; Grove School, and Salisbury Elementary School, there is also a preschool class at Triton
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Triton High School High School which provides a field experience for those students enrolled in the Child
Library Care and Development Class offered through the Family Consumer Science Department.
As part of a multi year technology plan, improvements will be made for the 07-08 school
year. Funding for these improvements has been included in the local budget as well as
through the Triton Education Foundation.
I must begin by thanking the Triton Education Foundation for their work in securing
grants on behalf of the District. Through donations from The Institution for Savings and
the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank, they have dedicated $37,000 per year for
three years to technology improvements. This is a total of $111,000 over the course of
the next three years.
The first year of funding will pay for the majority of the implementation and
subscription costs for a new Student Information system (SIS). A SIS tracks all student
information including: biographical, attendance, assessments and grades, special
education documentation, and schedules. We are currently using several disparate
systems. This new system will be web-based, eventually allowing parents to access real
time information regarding their children. This will initially include biographical and
attendance information and will expand to include assessments, schedules and report
cards. We believe this will greatly increase the efficiency of student data management
and improve communication between the schools and homes.
In addition to the SIS, there is also funding in the budget for one time and recurring costs
associated with technology. We are currently in the process of finalizing a technology
Sandra J. Halloran, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools TECHNOLOGY (Continued)
plan which includes a 4 year refresh cycle. With continued funding of this plan, we will
Kathleen M. Willis
ensure that we are educating our students within a cutting edge, 21st Century learning
firstname.lastname@example.org environment. This includes high functioning computers, interactive white boards and
other newer technologies.
Christine A. Kneeland
Admin. of Pupil Services
In addition to the recurring costs of classroom technology, we are also making several
email@example.com one time upgrades to existing systems. These include our accounting software package,
district-wide email system, and various other network/server improvements which are
necessary to keep our students connected to each other and the World Wide Web.
Brian L. Forget
Robert C. Manseau We are in the process of installing a new security system at the Middle School/High
Triton Reg. High School School campus. As many have seen, we have increased security on this campus by
(978) 462-8171 locking all doors during the day and having a staff member at the front entrances to both
firstname.lastname@example.org the Middle School and High School. This is a temporary solution as the new system will
include remote access control, door monitoring via recorded video cameras, etc. We had
hoped to get this system installed by the beginning of June, but that has proven to be a
Peter A. Gadd challenge. At this point, we have been assured that this new system, with its
Triton Reg. Middle School
Principal extraordinary increase in the security for our regional Middle School/High School
(978) 463-5845 campus, will be in place when students return in the fall.
Sylvia A. Jordan
Newbury Elementary School
As we come to the end of the 06-07 school year, I wish to express my sincere
(978) 465-5353 appreciation for everyone’s time and effort in meeting the educational needs of the
email@example.com students of the Triton Regional School District. Although it was a challenging school
year, students, staff, parents and community members came together to support our
schools. I believe we are all ready to move forward to make the Triton Regional School
Jennifer M. Roberts
District a successful, exciting and rewarding place where our students will learn and
Pine Grove School
firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you enjoy the upcoming summer months. I hope you find the time to relax, rest
and have fun with your family and friends.
James L. Montanari
Salisbury Elementary School