By Stephanie Malench
The Triad School Board met before a full house on February 28. Most of those were in attendance for an expulsion hearing during closed session. Only two visitors spoke during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.
The first, Mr. Wilder, spoke about what was going to happen now that the mask mandate, vaccinations, and testing that have been enforced the past two years were illegal. Wilder said he must have “missed the apology for the two years of taking away due process” email from the district for “the mental abuse that was for nothing”.
Jeff Gerschwin, on behalf of Kehrer Brothers West Roofing, spoke about the unfair way in which the high school roof project was handled, with the lowest bidder making changes to the materials and processes used in the project after the bid was accepted in the summer of 2021. Gerschwin asked that district ask for new bids from the six firms that bid on the project, of which Kehrer Brothers West had the second lowest bid.
The board had a special guest in attendance at the meeting, sophomore Colby Couch who won the first place medal for the state champion for his weight division in wrestling.
School highlights included:
CA Henning and Silver Creek Elementary Schools had Fabulous February each Friday during the month for staff with coffee and donuts donated from Dunkin Donuts and boxed lunches from Subway and drinks and cupcakes from the PTO.
Marine Elementary students participated in Jump Rope For Heart in PE class in February under the leadership of Mrs. Amy Sheehan.
St. Jacob Elementary School will be doing a food drive in March for cereal. Once all the boxes of cereal are donated they will be set up in the hallway like dominoes for students to watch fall.
Triad Middle School had three students medal in the Special Olympics in Galena. Anna Taylor won the gold medal in the 50 meters SnowShoeing event, Faith Jones-Smith won the silver in the 100 meters event, and Hope Jones-Smith won the gold in the 200 meter event.
Triad High School students won the silver in the 100 meter SnowShoeing event and bronze in the 50 meter event, Jacob Lauber won gold in the 200 meter event and silver in the 400 m race.
Triad Success Center students made over 60 Valentine’s Day cards for residents in local nursing homes.
The Life Skills students at the high school went on their first field trip in over two years in February and enjoyed the electric bus. Plans are in the works for the students to have a house on or near campus where they can practice independent living skills.
Technology devices that have been on back order are starting to come in.
Superintendent Leigh Lewis announced that the district would continue recommending masks for students in school and monitor the number of positive cases in the district. She also reported the CDC has announced that masks are no longer required on buses.
The calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved. The first day of school for students will be Thursday, August 11. Fall break will be October 10-14, winter break from December 22- January 3, and spring break from March 13-17. The last day of school will be May 25 if no emergency days are used.
Contracts were awarded to Veregy to complete the HVAC renovations on the high school and Taylor-Made to provide athletic training services at the high school for student athletes..
An emergency resolution was passed to repair the roof on Marine Elementary School which started showing leaks after one of the severe storms earlier in February. There are over 60 leaks, many of which are in the gym and have forced it to be shut down during leaks.
The next meeting will be March 28 at 6:30 pm. in the administration building.