By Steve Rensberry, Editor
Newly elected members of the Triad School Board took the oath of office at the regularly scheduled board meeting on April 29, with board vice president Christy Horton serving as board president pro tem, since current board president Jeff Hewitt was among those taking the oath.
Also taking the oath of office was Laura Dods, who was re-elected to the board. Newcomer Katy Little, and former Triad employee Ken Miller took the oath as well, having won in the April Consolidated Election.
The board went on to confirm the nomination of Hewitt to continue as board president, with Horton as vice president, and Lori Daiber as secretary.
Nominated and approved to serve on the Finance Committee were Dods, Miller, and Hewitt.
Nominated and approved to serve on the Policy Committee were Horton, Denise Baker Seal, and Hewitt.
Positions on a facilities committee were left unconfirmed, as the committee is just beginning, although Little expressed interest in serving.
A schedule of meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year was also approved, with meetings set for the following dates in 2019: July 22, August 26, September 30, October 28, November 25, and December 16. Meeting dates in 2020 are as follows: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 20, May 18, and June 22.
In his written report to the board, Operating Director Lonnie Henke said they were pleased to announce the addition of Kevin McGraw as the district’s new transportation manager.
Henke, who was not present at the meeting, stated in his report that the planned work on the Triad middle school roof is moving forward, with sealed bids set to be opened on May 9. Quotes have also been received for cafeteria tables at the middle school.
Triad Superintendent Leigh Lewis noted in her report to the board the many ways in which students and classrooms celebrated Earth Day on April 22, with the goal of reducing, reusing and recycling things in their lives.
Board members spent several minutes discussing possible renewal energy projects in the district, including the proposed purchase of a completely electric buss, for which grant funding may be available. Lowering long-term energy costs through the use of solar panels is another possibility.
“Three of our elementary schools were selected to receive incentives for installing solar panels,” Lewis stated, “St. Jacob Elementary, Henning Elementary, and Silver Creek Elementary.”
No official action was taken on either proposal, with some board members expressing concerns about future uncertainties, and whether there would actually be any savings over the long term, given how fast things change.
Lewis noted that brand new school speed zones have being activated around Silver Creek and C.A. Henning, and thanked the Troy Police Department for assisting with the change.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Jason Henderson reported that the district was informed last week by the Madison County Clerk’s Office of its 2018 EAV, used in the determination of local revenue for FY20.
“The district’s EAV for 2018 is $519,174,107 — an increase of 6.6 percent,” he stated in his report. “Remember that our levy was based on an EAV increase of 7 percent, so we feel very fortunate to have a number close to 7 percent without going over. With an increase in EAV of 6.6 percent, the district’s portion of the property tax rate will go down slightly for the third year in a row, from 5.2212 to 5.2142. Other factors such as township and county multipliers will likely cause property tax bills to rise slightly for many constituents, however, these factors are not within the district’s control.”