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Massive HVAC overhaul at THS nearly complete

A crane hoists a massive HVAC unit to the roof of Triad High School. (Photo courtesy of Triad Schools)

By Pat Pratt

Triad High School students will be comfortably cool when the new school year begins, as a massive heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration overhaul is nearly complete. 

During the Monday meeting of the Triad Board of Education, Director of Facilities Brian Mattingly provided members an update on the project, which included the replacement of 21 pieces of equipment. Cost for the project was $2,063,095.

The project included 10 energy recovery ventilation units, 10 rooftop units and one chiller. Veregy along with Jen Mechanical, Erlinger Crane and JF Electric completed the work using cranes and other equipment in just four days, Mattingly said. 

All that remains is wiring and minor related work and the system is expected to be online by Monday. The prior system was about 23 years old. 

In other news from the meeting, a change to future meeting times for closed sessions was approved. The move will have no effect on the start time of the open, public-facing portion of the meeting. The open session start time is still 6:30 p.m. Closed session items allowed under Illinois law will now be discussed beginning at 5:30 p.m., instead of after the meeting. 

Marine Elementary will soon have a new digital marquee sign on campus. Board members approved a contract with Correct Digital Displays to install the sign at a cost of $25,791. With the approval, all schools in the district now have digital signage, which can be used to provide building or district information. 

A la carte meal items for the upcoming school year were approved at the meeting. Prices range from $3.50 for a chef salad to some snack items under one dollar. The district last month set meal prices at $1.70 for student breakfast at the middle and high schools and $1.60 at the elementary schools. Lunch is $3.15 at the middle and high schools for students and $2.95 at the elementary schools. 

Triad High School Dance Team will be going to Disney World in December following board approval Monday of the trip. The trip will include 13-16 students and six adults for a stay Dec. 1-3 at Royal Port Orleans Riverside Hotel for the Dance the Magic Festival. 

Dance coach Hanna Trout in the request stated the trip gives two days of training that the dancers are able to put on their professional and collegiate resumes. It also happens one week before competitions, which will allow the team to showcase routines and receive professional feedback. 

The cost of the trip is funded entirely by the dancers themselves through fundraising and the THS Dance Activity Account, according to meeting documents. 

A public hearing for the fiscal budget 2024 is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Triad Central Office. The tentative budget will be on display there for 30 days prior to the meeting. 

Student honor rolls moving forward will only be published at semester’s end instead of quarterly. The change was procedural and required no board action. 

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