New board member sworn-in following April election
By Pat Pratt
The Triad Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of a new school resource officer and several other contractual agreements, as well as installing a new member and electing leadership.
Early in the meeting, the board swore-in newly elected member Amy Moss, who will replace Laura Dods following the April 4 election. Dods, who has served on the board for 12 years, did not run to retain her seat.
Following the installation of Moss, members voted to retain as board leadership the same officers as before. Jeff Hewitt will continue to serve as president, Lori Daiber will continue to serve as vice president and Katy Little as secretary.
Board members voted to approve a second school resource officer at the elementary level. Members at the meeting said the addition was in response to wishes of district parents. When hired, the officer will serve at the district throughout the school year and be paid by Triad schools.
Repair and renovation projects at Triad High School, Triad Middle School and CA Henning Elementary will be completed by WWCS Inc. following a bid approval by the board. Work includes repair of restrooms at Triad High School for an estimated cost of $137,185, repair of restrooms at the middle school at a cost of $109, 294 and restrooms at CA Henning at a cost of $95, 591.
WWCS will also renovate six Triad Middle School classrooms. The estimated cost is $152,451. All the projects, sans the middle school classroom renovation, will receive state funding through the Illinois Health and Life Safety Act.
Sodexo America LLC will remain the district meal provider following a contract renewal at the meeting. The contract projects an estimated 312,500 lunches, more than 60,000 breakfasts and more than 73,000 a la carte equivalent meals to be served in the 2023-24 school year.
For each meal, the district will reimburse the food service provider. Reimbursement per breakfast will be $2.34 and lunch and a la cart equivalents $3.55 per meal. The reimbursement costs are not what students will pay, an amount that will be set by the district at a future meeting.
Bushue HR Inc. will continue to provide human resource services to the district following renewal of its contract. The contract will cover human resource, risk management and insurance consulting throughout the upcoming year at a cost of just over $13,000.
Members approved two upcoming student trips. The first is for seven students to attend the Illinois Association of Student Councils (IASC) state convention from May 3-6 in Lombard, Illinois. While the district is providing transportation for the trip, with the exception of two students who will ride a Collinsville bus due to space limitations, the cost will be paid by the students, including the $195 conference fee.
Board member Ken Miller raised a concern about the students having to foot the bill, saying student leaders should not have to fund a trip that pertains to their activities on the student council. Board members agreed they would ponder that issue concerning the event in the future.
The second trip approval is for the The Triad High School Dance Team to participate in the DTU Dance Camp June 26-28 at Illinois State University in Normal. The team will stay in the ISU dorms for the event with the district providing bussing to and from campus. Board members approved the Consolidated District Plan for the 2023-2024 school year, a routine annual item. The Consolidated District Plan allows districts to set plans to meet requirements for many federal grants, such as federal Title programs.
An agreement with Collinsville Area Vocational Center was approved at the meeting. The approval allows the district to enroll Triad students in the program. Currently, one student attends the CAVC, according to meeting documents.
Following completion of the agenda, board members voted to enter executive session to discuss issues related to litigation dn collective bargaining. The next meeting of the Triad Board of education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Administration Building, 203 E. Throp St. in Troy.