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Triad approves tax abatement for new manufacturing facility

By Pat Pratt

The Triad Board of Education met Monday, setting a 2023-24 school calendar, upping the pay for substitute paraprofessionals and approving a tax abatement for a new light-industrial facility in the works in Troy. 

The tax abatement will give Creative Blow Mold Tooling a reduction of 90% of the value of the improvement, as reassessed by the County Clerk, for the next ten years, according to meeting documents. The tax abatement follows a mirror resolution by the Troy City Council passed at the Dec. 17 meeting. 

The company is planning a 24,000-square-foot light manufacturing facility in the 7600 Commercial Drive, which will house one of its subsidiaries, Unitech Precision Gauge. Work there will provide machined parts and mechanical assemblies for manufacturers throughout North America. 

The first day of school for the next school year will be Aug. 16, which meeting documents show is one week later than the 2022-23 school year. The first day of Teacher Institute will be Aug. 14, the Monday prior to the first day for students. 

Other highlights on the calendar include a shortened 2023 fall break, which will be a four day weekend around Columbus Day. Parent teacher conferences will be held Oct. 26-27. The last day of the first semester will be Dec. 21. 

Classes will resume in 2024 on Jan. 4. Spring break 2024 will be the last week in March and wrapped around Easter weekend, which meeting documents show is more inline with other districts. The last day of school, if no emergency days are used, is May 22. If all emergency days are used, the last day will be May 30. 

Board members voted unanimously to approve a pay increase for paraprofessionals to $150 per day. The previous rate was $100 per day. Paraprofessionals assist certified teachers in numerous classroom and educational activities. 

Board members approved two overnight trips in March for the Triad High School boys varsity tennis team. 

The first will be March 9 in Birmingham, Ala. The team of eight players will stay at a LaQuinta Inn. Coaches/ Chaperones will be Jack Carmody and Dylan Faulkenberg. The second will be March 10-15 in Gulf Shores Ala.. The team will stay there at a Beachside Resort Hotel. 

For both trips, the players are each covering $500 of the costs. 

In other news from the meeting, board members and district officials discussed the upcoming Community Engagement event. 

The Community Engagement event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Triad High School Media Center. The event is by invitation and includes parents, business owners, employees and other members of the community. District officials said the purpose is to identify strengths and weaknesses in the schools and discuss paths to improvements. 

Attendees at the upcoming meeting will be in focus groups for four topics – academic success, organizational success, culture of community and operational integrity and transparency. District officials said the ideas presented at the meeting will be used to better guide future plans and activities. 

The next Triad Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the administrative office, 203 East Throp Street in Troy.

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