The public hearing to discuss the reconstruction of Central Street has been rescheduled to Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Town highway surveyor Patrick Snow and Norman Brown of Bayside Engineering will be there to explain the tentative project.
Budget discussions have just begun in town for all departments. Selectmen have asked department managers to hold their budgets at last year’s levels. As information about state aid comes in (expected early this month), the budget will more clearly reviewed. “It will be tight,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Bob Merry. “And of course, like most every other town, we’re worried about the snow and ice budget.”
The Triton Regional School District is also in the midst of budget planning, and has noted that to maintain the budget would require upward of 15 percent from the towns it services, but they are working to keep the contributions from the towns — Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury — at about 4 percent. (Currently, the town of Rowley gives between 60 and 70 percent of its budget to the schools.) To keep it at 4 percent, a spending reduction of $1.2 million is required.
Recommended changes include cutting six teaching positions in the elementary schools, combining the math and literacy specialist at each school, leaving only one per school, merging smaller classes at the high school, reducing professional development funding, using fewer buses, reducing the after-school program funding and more.
Five major expenditure areas — personnel, transportation, energy, health insurance costs and special education — are driving the sharp increases in Triton’s $41 million budget. Also included is funding for items such as a school resource officer, a K-8 math program aligned with the state math curriculum framework, and improving Wi-Fi access.
The School Committee is expected to provide a final budget to the towns by March 15. Learn more at www.trsd.net or attend one of the upcoming Triton budget meetings — March 4 or March 11, both at 7 p.m., in the Triton High School library.
The work to secure contractors to fix the town dock continues. Selectmen just approved a supplies contract for $24,996.40 to Custom Float Services. Harbormaster Bill DiMento said they are going back out to bid for the wharf portion of the project, as all first bids came in too high. DiMento said he suspected that the bidding companies could not adequately assess the project with all the snow.
Triton Arts will present its school musical, “Leader of the Pack,” this week in the school’s auditorium. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there will be evening productions beginning at 7; and on Sunday, March 8, there will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are $10 and $5, will be available at the door.
Forty students in grades 9 through 12 have been working together to bring this show, depicting the life of songwriter Ellie Greewich, to life.
The production is directed by John Flynn and Sha Riordan, with music directed by Holly Libert. Sue Densmore is the conductor. Costumes are created by Lisa Johnson, and set design and technical direction are provided by John Flynn.
Contact Densmore at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at email@example.com.