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Triad OKs Tax Levy, Antigen Testing, Cash Bond

By Charlie Feldman

Students in the Triad School District will return to school on January 6, 2021 on the same hybrid attendance schedule used in the fall. That was one of several developments at the school board meeting held on Monday, December 21.

Superintendent Leigh Lewis made the announcement during her monthly report. Pre-kindergarten through sixth graders will attend every day and seventh through twelfth grades will follow the hybrid schedule communicated by their building principal.

If adjustments need to be made to the district’s in-person learning schedules due to the number of cases or directives from the governor, staff and parents will be notified immediately of these changes.

The district will begin free COVID-19 antigen testing for symptomatic staff and students 16 years and older in January, Lewis said. This reduces the need for contact tracing. Results are available in approximately 15 minutes.

The Madison County Health Department will provide materials needed for testing. Test results will not stand alone but will be used in conjunction with PCR testing by qualified healthcare providers following a positive antigen test result.

The working cash fund will get a boost. The board unanimously approved two bonds – one for $488,750 and one for $684,777 – through the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

The board approved the 2020 aggregate tax levy. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2020 are $7,063,586. This represents a 1.60 percent increase over the previous year.

Phase 2 of the solar panel project was approved by the board. This includes building more panels. Those from Phase 1 have been in operation at Henning and St. Jacob Elementary Schools for some time now.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

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