Schools and some businesses have received funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Triad was no exception as they announced several purchases the district made to ensure the continued safety of students, faculty and staff during Monday evenings regular school board meeting.
One of the items purchased included 210 touchless temporal thermometers in the amount of $16,460. The thermometers will be assigned to each teacher as recommended.
“This will prevent the number of students traveling to and from the nurses office to get a temperature check, instead they can be pre-screened quickly and safely in a classroom,” Director of Business and Communication, Mike Raymond said.”
Five large area electromatic sprayers were also purchased in the amount of $20,810. Raymond stated that the first sprayer arrived in March and was evaluated by quality and times savings. The sprayers allow the custodial staff to clean up to 100,000 square feet on a single tank. The district will now assign machines to St. Jacob and Marine as well.
The district also purchased approximately 1,500 gallons of hand sanitizer in the amount of $21,750. Initially the district researched the amount and cost hand sanitizer during the beginning of the pandemic and estimated that a 16 ounce pump bottle would cost around $9.50. Raymond stated that the district knew they would need at least 2,000 bottles or 250 gallons to start the upcoming school year. That cost would have been approximately $19,0000, however the district was able to bulk order through J and L distilling which is 80% liquid hand sanitizer at a cost of $14.50 per gallon. It was also noted that the sanitizer had a shelf life of five years, which will help prevent from having any surplus stock in the future.
Assistant Superintendent Kennan Fagan provided an update in regards to Skyward SIS. He stated that this past weekend the district would make the final move from preliminary to a liver version. The district is currently holding on a final transfer of new kindergarten student records,a nd many of the state required fields for specific programs. The district will also begin testing online forms with a sample of parents this week and all plan to launch it fully once they are confident that the forms are functional for release.
Superintendent Leigh Lewis also briefed the board on changes that will be implemented next year. Those changes include providing the choice for students and parents on whether to attend in person learning at school or to learn at home. Another change will be that the district will provide professional development opportunities on the history of social injustice. The district will also review and adjust the district’s curriculum and instruction to address learning loss. In conclusion the district plans to integrate lessons on past and current events that address discrimination based on race, age and sex.
“Times are tough right now and demanding something from all of us–we can choose to ignore or to react to what is going on around us in our communities, cities, state and our Nation. If we choose to react, my hope is that we can work together respectfully, with empathy and compassion and mostly with perseverance to make our district and communities stronger and better,” Lewis said.
Action taken by the board included:
Approval of the FY20 amended budget.
Approval of the Treasurer’s Bond with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America for the fiscal year of 2021.
Approval of the Working Cash Bond with Tracelers Casualty and Surety Company of America for the fiscal year of 2021.
Approval of Bank Depositories for the fiscal year of 2021.
Approval of the Sodexo Food Management Contract Renewal for the fiscal year of 2021.
Approval of Property and General Liability insurance with Illinois School District Agency (ISDA) in the amount of $249,890.
Approval of the Worker’s Compensation Insurance with State National foe the amount of $115,025.
Motion carried to approve Marine grade School and Lakeland Center renovation bid from Millennium Construction.
Motion carried to approve a resolution authorizing the transfer of interest from debt service to the education fund.
Motion carried to approve a resolution authorizing the transfer of moneys from the working cash fund to deb services fund of $20,000.
Motion carried to approve the resolution authorizing the abatement of $350,000 form the working cash fund to the operation and maintenance fund.
Motion carried to approve board meeting dates for FY2021.
Approval of CT-CEO (Collinsville-Triad Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Memorandum of Agreement.
Approval of the amended 2020-2021 school calendar.