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Triad School Board Expects Tax Rate To Go Down

The Triad Board of Education met for their monthly meeting on May 23 to discuss several different reports.

The meeting started with a short presentation by the Triad Student Council, led by new Student Body President Ben Winslow.  Winslow discussed their trip to the Illinois State Convention among other achievements over the past year such as the Illinois Principal Award.

Next, a representative from the Choral Arts Booster Association (CABA) spoke to the board seeking assistance for their programs.  CABA’s first concern is the staff to student ratio for choral programs, followed by more consistent practice space and high school guidance scheduling for students who want to pursue extracurricular choir activities.  They hope to work with the School Board in the future with these concerns.

The CA Henning Elementary report shows the Physical Education department raised nearly $27,000  Half of this money raised will go to the Children’s Fund at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, while the other half will go towards P.E. and recess related equipment.

Dr. Winslow, the Director of Secondary Curriculum reported that in January, the Triad School District was approved for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, in which they received approximately $16,000.  The funds have been used to promote mental health therapy as well as assistance for utility bills for students in need.

The 2021 tax computation report shows that Triad’s Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) went up to 6.658%, which is the largest increase since 2007.  Dr. Jason Henderson, Director of Business & Finance believes the increase is due to the expiring TIF that put an additional $8.3 million into the District’s EAV.  Henderson also believes that due to this increase along with the consolidation and restructuring of the district’s bond debt, the tax rate for the Triad School District will drop approximately 14 cents down from $5.14 to $5.00.  This tax decrease is greater than the original projection in December.

The SHIELD IL Testing contract, which is a saliva COVID test taken by Triad Students, is set to expire on June 30, 2022.  Shield IL indicated that there are no plans to create an addendum for schools to extend the agreement, so new contracts will be required for testing in the 2022-2023 school year, depending on funding.

The District will be ready to release the purchase order for 3 Nuvve charging stations for Electric buses for $44,000 per charger plus shipping.

The Board recognized the following retiring district employees: Becky Amen, Kay Burrough, Gina Cimiotta, Dan Dickman, David Edgar, Kennan Fagan, Sue Hewitt, Lisa Jones, Jamie Kasting, Bruce Lewis, Leigh Lewis, Robin Pulley, Linda Smith, Jim Thurnau, Susan Thurnau and Christine Wallace.

Donations to the School District were as follows: Triad High School – $250 to Brighter Futures – J.D. Streett & Company; $789.30 to Special Eduction & TLS – Knights of Columbus; $9.55 to the Office of the Principal – Ohiopyle Prints, Inc.

Silver Creek Elementary – $85.50 From Box Tops, $14.80 from Casey’s and $35.29 from Heartland Coca-Cola to the Activity Fund.

St. Jacob Elementary – $16.40 from Box Tops and $85.50 from Merchandise Pickup Service, Inc. to the Activity Fund.

Triad Middle School – $789.30 from the Knights of Columbus to the Special Education Activity Fund, $50 from Grandparents of Keylie Cushing to the Band Activity Fund and $21.40 from Box Tops to the Activity Fund.

The Public hearing to review the amended Fiscal Year Budget for 2022 is set to be held on June 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

The Triad High School elevator replacement will be funded with Health Life Safety funds with $50,000 being paid through the school maintenance grant.

Estimated cost of the Health LIfe Safety Amendment for Triad Middle School Fire Alarms will $37,500 and estimated to be completed by December 31, 2022.

They also ratified the three year agreement between the Triad Board of Education and the Triad Education Support Personnel Association, as well as approving new employees pending the completion of paperwork and background and fingerprint checks were completed and cleared.

The next Board of Education meeting will held on June 27, 2022, which the amended Fiscal Year Budget for 2022 is will be reviewed.

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