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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution TRITON – The School Committee and administration for the Triton Regional School District have the grim task this week of voting to make major cuts in the 2018- 19 school budget. Those cuts might include eliminating six instructional assistants and 17 other professionals, cutting routine substitute teachers for the high school and professional development for teachers. Superintendent Brian Forget, who outlined those possible cuts for the school committee prior to the tax override defeat in Rowley and Salisbury, had already identified other cost saving measures. They included keeping the math specialists part-time, not rehiring a foreign language teacher in the middle school, making a data specialist part-time, not filling a vacancy created by a retiring Newbury Elementary teacher and level-funding district supplies. Swing dancers in action REGIONAL – At one of the Ipswich Downtown Tuesday parties last summer Greg Clarkson asked Kerrie Bates to dance. Bates does not claim to be a great dancer, but she said she enjoyed following what she described as T he locals never miss... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH May 16 - 22, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 29 FREE Triton Faces Tough Choices on Budget By Stewart Lytle, Reporter Photo provided by Greg Clarkson ––––––––––––––––– Hooked On Swing Dancing By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Clarkson, a native of Newburyport, who lives in New Hampshire, started dancing in the second grade at an Amesbury studio. He has never stopped. He discovered Swing Dancing six years ago when a friend invited him to her daughter’s wedding. The reception was a Swing Dance party. “I was hooked,” Clarkson said. Today he is a prominent member of the East Coast Swing Dance scene, traveling to Boston or Portland, ME to find a hot band which plays music that has been popular since the 1920s. He told Bates he was looking, but could not find a venue on the North Shore to hold Swing Dances. He and his friends were growing weary of driving into The Marsh Hoppers Boston to find a lively crowd of enthusiastic Swing Dancers. The North Shore, he said, was a wasteland for Swing Dancers. Bates had the perfect place. She gave Clarkson a tour of the Ipswich Town Hall, which to You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Don’t let joint pain bring you to your knees. Learn about MAKO Total Knee, Partial Knee and Hip Replacements at one of our FREE seminars, May 21 st or June 5 th . Register TODAY at or call 978-463-1475. Eric Mies, voting for the override in Salisbury, with daughter Ellee and son Jake. Clarkson’s “awesome lead” as they danced the jitterbug. When the music stopped and she caught her breathe, the Ipswich Director of Re-creation and Culture asked her dance partner, “Who are you?” A master electrician by day, Photo by Stewart Lytle Last week residents of Rowley and Salisbury, two of the three Triton towns, voted not to approve a tax override required to fund the proposed $41.3 million school budget for next year. In Rowley the tax override was not close. Voters crushed the proposed increase by a vote of 722 to 468, turning down an increase of $532,640 in taxes as part of the town’s assessment of $10.3 million. There was only about a 100-vote difference in Salisbury, 867 to 762, to defeat an increase of $800,000 in taxes as part of the town’s $11.9 million assessment for the schools. Newbury voters strongly supported its override, agreeing on a vote of 824 to 434 to pay an additional $359,790 to reach its annual assessment of $9.2 million. The School Committee meets at 7 p.m. this Wednesday to vote for a revised budget POSTAL CUSTOMER Continued on page 3 Photo provided by Greg Clarkson the surprise of Clarkson and his friend, Dina DeCesare, was built originally as the high school, complete with a gymnasium. The gym’s wood floors, bleachers and stage were perfect. It only lacked Continued on page 3 AJH_MAKO_5.04x2_05.09.18.indd 1 5/2/18 10:51 AM

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