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6/01/09 > Swine Flu
I am sure you have been following the outbreak of the novel influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu. The Board of Education and Administration want to take a proactive approach to this issue by providing information regarding diagnosis and treatment of the H1N1 flu as well as steps to take to prevent infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the H1N1 flu as a respiratory infection spread from person-to-person. The CDC has issued guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the spread of the disease. The public is instructed to contact a health care provider immediately and avoid contact with others if you or a family member experiences acute respiratory illness with recent onset of at least two of the following:

Fever higher than 100 °
Sore throat
Stuffy nose
Headache and body aches
If you contact your child's healthcare provider because of acute respiratory illness, and the doctor suspects that the illness may be related to swine influenza, novel influenza A (H1N1), please notify your child's school nurse immediately, so that we may track and monitor the cases in the Triad District.

The CDC recommends the following precautions to avoid getting sick, or if sick, infecting others:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and/or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your arm.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough and/or sneeze. You may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth - that's how germs are spread.
Try to avoid contact with sick people.
If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit your contact with other people to avoid infecting them. Parents should follow these same recommendations with their children.

The Madison County Health Departments website www.madisoncountyhealthdepartment.org can give you up-to-date information on this new infection. The site contains links to the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The American Red Cross website http://www.redcross.org/en/pandemicflu can provide you information on preparing for an event of pandemic flu.

Sincerely, Triad School Nurses
1/26/09 > Clarence Henning Named Superintendent Emeritus
Clarence Henning Named Superintendent Emeritus

by Andy Koch, Editor- Troy Times-Tribune

A man who spent decades of his life in service to the Triad School District has been awarded with a prestigious honorary title.

Clarence A. Henning was named Superintendent Emiritus at the Monday, December 15 meeting of the Triad Board of Education for his years of service to the distrct.

Triad Superintendent Leigh Lewis brought forward the motion, which was met with the school board's unanimous approval.

"I am pleased to be able to bring to the board a motion honoring Mr. C. A. Henning," said Lewis.

"Mr. Henning served the district for 35 years," Lewis explained. "During those years, he made significant contributions to the well-being of the school district. The Triad Community Unit School District #2 was lead by Mr. Henning in its initial years of consolidation. Mr. Henning personified the highest standards of service, leadership and character, which set the standard for the next four Triad Superintendents."

"Mr. Henning, we are pleased to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the great contributions that you have made, as your work has made a difference in many lives," said Lewis in conclusion. "Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the children and families of Troy, St. Jacob and Marine." Lewis' remarks were echoed by School Board President Thomas Tritsch.

"Though we did not serve under your tenure, we have had the opportunity to see and enjoy the results of your leadership," said Tritsch. "Today, Triad is well-known in the area for education and we owe you a deep debt of gratitude for that."

Henning himself was humble in accepting the honor.

"This is quite an honor - one that I didn't expect and don't know if I deserve," said Henning. Henning credited his time as coach and the athletes he mentored as being critical in making his name well-known locally.

"Our basketball team probably did more to make me known than my 35 years with the district," Henning explained. "We beat Highland three times in one year," Henning added with a smile. In closing, Henning said that he is proud of Triad's schools.

"It's nice to know we have an educational system that can produce superintendents of schools," said Henning, referring to Lewis, who was a graduate of Triad High School.

Henning was awarded with a plaque engraved with the official proclamation naming him Superintendent Emeritus. The event, which was the highlight of the evening, was witnessed by several members of his family, as well as several district officials.

Henning is the namesake of C.A. Henning Elementary School in Troy, which was named for him following his service as superintendent of the district for 15 years.

The following biographical information was written by Kay Korte and can be found in the history book Troy, Illinois Area History And Families.

Clarence and Ethel (Young) Henning moved to Troy in 1942 when Clarence accepted a teaching position at the McCray-Dewey High School. Ethel was the daughter of David and Louise Young of Pin Oak Township.

From 1943-1953, Henning was a science teacher and the coach of all sports. During these years, his teams won more than 30 trophies. The Boys' Basketball record was 203 and 98. Several athletes qualified for state finals in Track and Cross Country.

For the next four years, Henning was the principal of the high school. When Triad became a consolidated district, he became the first principal of the high school.

During the years 1959-1961, the curriculum was enlarged, counselors were employed and football and girls' sports were started.

From 1962-1977, Henning became the superintendent of Triad Community Unit #2. Triad was one of the first districts in the state to initiate all-day kindergarten classes and hire reading specialists.

The district grew as new buildings were added: Molden Elementary, Wakeland Center, an agriculture classroom building, a large addition to the high school and renovations or additions to the Marine, St. Jacob and McCray-Dewey buildings.

All bond issues and tax referendums were passed during these years.

Henning was also involved in the community of Troy. He served on a committee to install street signs and helped to survey the community for door-to-door mail delivery and for city sewer service.

He has been a Lions Club member since 1943, serving as president in 1953.

Henning served one term as president of the Troy Civic Improvement Corporation which developed the Troy Industrial Park.

After retiring in 1977, Henning served two years with the Madison County School Trustees; served for two years on the Southwestern Agency on Aging; and was president of the United Savings and Loan.

Henning has received numerous honors. In 1953, he was named the Troy Citizen of the Year. The C.A. Henning Elementary School was named in his honor in 1988. He also received the Melvin Jones Foundation Award in 2000.

Henning has been a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, the Troy United Methodist Church, the Troy Lions Club, Phi Delta Kappa International, the National Association of Secondary Principals, the American Association of School Administrators and the Educational League of Illinois. He served as president of the Southwestern Illinois Coaches Association for one term.

Henning is a 1934 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with an A.B. degree and the University of Illinois with an A.M. degree in 1952.
He has done additional graduate work at Ohio State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Thursday, December 25, 2009- Troy Times-Tribune
1/08/09 > Drost Park Khoury League registration dates set
When: January 10th, 17th, and 24th from 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Maryville Senior Center, 500 East Division, Maryville,IL
See attachment for more information.


1/07/09 > Upward Soccer registration dates set
On January 29, 2009, Upward Soccer registration will take place at the First Baptist Church Maryville Soccer Park as follows:
K through 2nd Grade Boys/Girls-5:00-6:00pm.
3rd and 4th Grade Boys/Girls-6:00-6:30pm.
5th and 6th Grade Boys/Girls-6:30-7:30pm.


 2009 Soccer Brochure
11/25/08 > Former Triad Student Earns All-American Honors

Schirmer runs down a dream

By Geary Deniston, For The Southern

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:41 AM CDT

CARBONDALE - When it comes to being the embodiment of the American Dream, Southern Illinois University runner Jeff Schirmer seems to be the perfect model for a character in one of Horatio Alger's stories.

Schirmer's rise to being a six-time Missouri Valley Conference champion is remarkable for a young man who has only been running competitively for four years. But his biggest accomplishment may simply be earning a scholarship at SIU.

Schirmer, 22, was born in Granite City. His mother moved the family to California in hopes of a better life when he was 2. Over the next seven years, Schirmer and his two younger sisters and brother bounced around the Golden State, moving at least 10 times during that span.

When he was 9, his mother moved the family to Granite City in hopes of settling down. However, it wasn't long before his family moved a few miles east to Collinsville. There, in Troy, things took a turn for the worse, or better, depending on your perspective.

"When I was 12, we were kind of poor and my family wasn't doing right with (substance abuse), so me and my three younger siblings were taken away," Schirmer said. "We all got split up and that was when I moved to Troy with a foster family. A couple of siblings eventually got adopted, but I didn't want to be and I was old enough (13 years old) to say no. I stayed with the foster family until I left for college."

The break-up of his family allowed Schirmer to live in one place for an extended time and gave him a chance to go to college.

"Living in the foster system gives you a good perspective on things, I guess, because I've always just tried to fight my way through everything," Schirmer said. "I guess it makes you stronger on some perspectives, but as far as it being an asset, I'm not sure about that. I've had some really good families, teachers and some really good friends that helped me get through everything."

At Triad High School, he started playing football as a freshman, but didn't begin running until his junior year. Schirmer's running career began with a fitness test.

"'It was one of my favorite teachers who actually started me running," Schirmer said. "My sophomore year there was a fitness test in P.E. where you have to run a mile and I ran in it in 5:12. My old sixth-grade teacher, who was also the high school track coach, then begged me to give running a chance.

" So, my junior year I would practice football during the week and just show up on Saturday to race cross country. It turned out I was a good runner, so my senior year I gave up football for cross county."

Schirmer was so good, he was named Most Valuable Player in both cross country and track. He broke the school records in the 800-meter run, 1,600, and 3,200, as well as the cross country 3-mile. He was a two-time state qualifier in both sports, attracting the attention of college coaches.

Schirmer immediately made an impact at SIU, earning the first of his MVC championships in the outdoor 10,000 as a freshman. In cross country, he finished 11th at the conference meet and 25th at the NCAA regional, earning him all-regional status.

"He hadn't run a whole lot of mileage, but that competitive nature just shone forth that day," SIU cross country/distance coach Matt Sparks said. "The cross country regional meet, when he was a freshman, where he was all-regional and then conference 10k, which isn't his best event, showed he just knows how to win. That put him over the top in my mind as one of the Missouri Valley greats."

Last year, despite not much summer training, Schirmer swept all of his events, earning five more conference titles. However, at the NCAA regionals, he dropped to 30th in cross country and in his first NCAA appearance in track, finished 13th in the outdoor 5,000.

"There has been a dramatic change in his training and outlook on things this year," Sparks said. "He went to the NCAA track meet last spring and got beat, and I think that was the biggest help for him. It gave him the realization that there is another level of training and competitiveness out there that's above and beyond what goes on in the Missouri Valley Conference. He was able to dominate the Missouri Valley Conference without training a whole lot.

"He realized if he wanted to be a national-level player, he had to get out and do the summer running and eat a little better and take better care of his body."

Moving around as much as he did when he was younger, Schirmer is always looking for a place to hang his hat for more than a few days and finding people he can depend on. In a weird way, the foster child program gave him a sense of stability, and being in college has only added to that experience.

"You meet all kinds of people and the guys on my team, I think, will be my friends the rest of my life," Schirmer said. "It has been a really awesome experience and a lot more stable than my past."

Mohamed Mohamed - his teammate and roommate since he's been at SIU - summed him up like this: "He fit in real good from the beginning because he was always determined to succeed. He's an outgoing dude who always puts in his two cents, and it's been fun living with him this past three years."

Like a lot of Alger's stories, Schirmer wants the happy ending, and said he's willing to put in the work.

"My next goal is nationals and I really want All-American this year, so I spent the summer training," he said. "I'm going to try my hardest to get there."

11/01/08 > Weekly report cards?
Online school programs keep parents up to date on student progress
By Mike Terry
Saturday, November 1, 2008 3:22 AM CDT

When it comes to keeping up on her kid's schoolwork, Kimberly Gillum has always been a very active parent.

So it made sense that Gillum, of Troy, was thrilled when the Triad School District launched a new program earlier this month that gives parents online updates on virtually every aspect of their kids' academic progress, sometimes several times each week.

"The kids tend to forget to bring things home to mom," she said, referring to her sixth-grader who attends Triad Middle School and her ninth-grader who attends Triad High School. "I've always been one to be on top of them, but this makes things a lot easier. I don't always have to hound them about their work."

The program, developed by Chicago-based Edline Inc., allows parents to pull up their child's weekly grades and attendance records, along with upcoming homework, tests and quizzes, at the click of a button. They can also set up the system to send automatic e-mail updates whenever their student's information is updated.

So far, Triad has only released access to parents at the middle and high schools, although Technology Director Kennan Fagan said it would eventually also be available to the grade schools and to students themselves.

About 900 additional users from the district have already logged on to the system.

"The parents are thrilled," said Cinda Schmidt, director of guidance at THS. "Generally parents who wonder how their kids are doing are constantly in contact with the guidance office. Now there is a direct link."

Although new to Triad, Edline has been a staple in the Collinsville School District for a few years, garnering lots of praise from staff.

"It's such a benefit to teachers and parents," said Director of Technology Mike Kunz. "For the kids, if they want to know their current grade, they can pull everything up and see exactly where they are at. Teachers don't have go through all their notes."

Feelings are a more mixed among students however, with some feeling the heat knowing that parents are always looking over their shoulders.

"I think we definitely have more pressure to get good grades," said Sophomore Alexis Williams last week, adding that a lot of her friends' parents check up on the reports quite a bit. "Before, it only mattered on your report card or when you would bring home a test. Now, if you don't understand something, you can get in trouble for one bad grade."

Despite that, Williams liked the convenience of being able to follow her progress throughout the semester.

"It's a lot easier to see how you're doing in classes," she said.

Her classmate, junior Alyssa Vojas, agreed.

"I like it," she said. "It's easy access to see everything."

Collinsville also started offering a new feature on Edline this year called "My File Locker," which allows students to store homework, reports and other projects online.

Schmidt, the guidance director at Triad, agreed that the new program might put extra pressure on students who normally slack off early in the semester. But she also thinks that consistent evaluation is another way to teach the kids an important character trait.

"We're all about teaching responsibility," she said. "It can't hurt to make people aware of what's going on all the time."
10/31/08 > Triad meets state standards

Triad meets state standards on test scores
Scores continue to show an upward trend

By Mike Terry
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:17 AM CDT

Students in the Triad School District managed to reach state standards for yet another year, although administrators remain concerned about rising expectations over the next year.

Grade level specific scores were announced for both the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (taken in grades three to eight) and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (taken in grade 11) during Monday night's district board meeting. School-specific scores will not be released until Friday.

To reach Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008, each grade level, school and subgroup in Triad needed to have at least 62.5 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards.

Scores were especially strong in the district's elementary and middle schools. On the ISAT, students ranged between 82 and 90 percent in reading and between 86 and 96 percent in math, depending on the grade level. In most cases, scores were either steady or showed an upward trend from 2007.

For the second straight year, fourth-grade math scores were the highest category in the district with an amazing 96 percent. And fifth-grade reading scores, which were a major concern only three years ago, have jumped from 59 percent to 84 percent in that short time frame.

For juniors at the high school, PSAE scores improved several percentage points from 2007, rising from 59 to 64 percent in reading and from 60 to 66 percent in math - just enough to slide over the state benchmark.

According to interim Assistant Superintendent Dale Sauer, although the 2008 scores can be seen as a success, there still is a legitimate cause for concern.

In 2009, the minimum level to reach AYP will jump from 62.5 percent to 70 percent. So while the 11th grade reading and math scores were good enough to pass this time around, those same results wouldn't suffice in 12 months.

"There's reason to celebrate and reason to be proud," he said. "But it also tells us what is ahead. You can see the obvious hurdle in front of us."

Along with high school students as a whole, Sauer said the district must also keep an eye on its individual subgroups.

For a subgroup (such as low-income families or students with learning disabilities) to count against AYP, the district must have at least 45 students with that classification within a particular grade level and school. Although there weren't enough cases to count as a subgroup this year or last, Triad consistently hovers around the 45-student number with special education students.

Despite their diagnosed disabilities, those special education students face the same measuring stick as their non-subgroup peers. If the scores had counted this year, those subgroups finished with only between 40 and 56 percent meeting or exceeding standards - significantly below the 62.5 percent set by the state.

"Those students are making strides," said Sauer. "Just not quite at the pace that No Child Left Behind requires."

To raise numbers, Sauer recommended the district continue unifying the curriculum and reaching out to lower performing students. Because of the high scores in the lower grade levels, he felt more effort will likely be put forth to raise the number of "meeting" students to the "exceeding" level.

10/31/08 > Marine school is tops again

Marine school is tops again - with best scores in Madison and St. Clair counties


Schools are receiving their report cards, and the test scores are in: Marine Elementary is tops in both Madison and St. Clair counties.

The little elementary school in the Triad School District tops the list once again for Madison County, and is just ahead of the top school in St. Clair County - Scott Elementary. In Marine, 95 percent of the students met or exceeded state standards on the annual test used to gauge school performance under No Child Left Behind.

The Illinois State Board of Education annually compiles schools' test scores from the Illinois Standards Achievement Test and Prairie State Achievement Exam and released them to the public today. Scores for individual schools in the metro-east will appear in Sunday's News-Democrat.

Area schools' report card  

For Principal Sandy Padak, Marine is a school that's also a community. "The beauty of having such a small school and staff is that we're able to communicate and track the kids," Padak said. "If there are at-risk indicators, we can get them services immediately instead of waiting for them to fail."

While many schools have created incentive programs for students to take the ISAT seriously, Marine has mostly focused on gearing the curriculum to standards and asking parents to make test day a priority - to make sure students get enough sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast.

It's families that really make the difference, Padak said.

"We have strong family support, and the kids come to school eager and ready to learn," she said. She praised her teachers, all of whom have a master's degree or higher, and said she was "fortunate" to be the principal at Marine.

These were sentiments echoed by St. Jacob Principal Jay Simpson, who said the individual teaching aspect being implemented districtwide is making the difference for student achievement. St. Jacob tied with Liberty Middle School in Edwardsville for second place in Madison County.

"When I was in school, we opened a book to a page and we all did the same thing," Simpson said. "When you're only focusing on doing things with 26 kids and one lesson, a lot of times that lesson isn't relating to some kids at the higher end or the lower end."

By focusing on individual students' needs, Simpson said, test scores improve and, more importantly, learning takes place. "Whether that's a social studies test or the ISAT, kids want to do well because they want their teachers to be proud of them," Simpson said.

At the other end of the spectrum, Venice Elementary School came in last in Madison County with a composite ISAT score of 37.9. It wasn't a surprise to interim Principal Shirley Davis.

"I expected that, but we don't expect it next year," Davis said.

Since coming to Venice last year, Davis said they have tried to implement a similar philosophy to the individualized attention succeeding in Triad: direct assistance, early identification of a student's problems and early intervention, especially in reading.

This year's score still reflects an eight-point gain over last year's score of 30.6.

"It's an improvement, but based on what we're doing, we should be coming out much, much better," Davis said. "A lot of people think it'll take two or three years (to see real improvement). I don't believe that. If (my teachers) have hope, I have to have hope. We feel very positive - we can do this."

In St. Clair County, Mascoutah's Scott Elementary topped the list at 94.2, with two other Mascoutah schools in the top five. East St. Louis and Brooklyn schools, however, ranked among the bottom of the list.

In high school rankings, Edwardsville led Madison County with 70.4 percent meeting or exceeding standards, while Madison Senior High saw only 8.3 percent. In St. Clair County, O'Fallon High led with 70.9 percent and East St. Louis saw 10.7 percent.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com.

10/28/08 > Graduation Date Set
Suburban Journals - Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Triad High School's graduation date has been officially set for May 31, 2009.

Board members voted 5-2 to set the event, following a short debate on whether the decision was being made too early.

Superintendent Leigh Lewis said she has already gotten several calls from parents and family members, asking for the date so they can start making travel plans.

Board members Dane Tippett and John Hodapp, who both voted against the motion, said they were concerned about the potential of winter weather later forcing them to change the date. The district calendar allows for five days that won't need to be made up before administrators have to start looking at options for making up missed class time.

Tippett brought up a case only a few years ago, when snow days forced them to move the graduation date.

"We caught the wrath of everybody, because they already had their vacation planned," he said. "From that point on we decided to pick it in February or March. That has sort of waned the last couple years."

Board member Susan Eyrich disagreed, pointing out that May is also a big time of year for weddings and other events that require quite a bit of forward planning.

"I understand the families' point of view," she said.
ACT prep classes
ACT prep classes are again being offered through SIUE and SWIC. The
following is the schedule for the fall semester:

November 1-December 6 (no class Nov 29) at Edwardsville HS

Meets (5) Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to Noon. Call 618-
650-3210 for help in registering or see your guidance counselor.

Section 1: January 10-January 31 at SIUE, Room TBA
Section 2: February 28-March 28 at Edwardsville HS, Room 115-116
Section 3: February 28-March 28 at Marquette HS, Room TBA
All sections meet Saturday mornings from 9:00 am - Noon (Section 1 - 1st week only also meets from 1-4 pm)

Cost is $144 - to register call 618-650-3210

Section 1 - September 6, 13, 20
Section 2 - October 4, 11, 18
Section 3 - November 1, 8, 15

All three sections meet (3) Saturday mornings from 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Call
800-222-5131 or 618-235-2700 x5393 or x5618 to register or see your
guidance counselor.

ACT on-line prep will again be offered to 10-12th grade THS students.
For more information call the high school office or guidance office.

ACT Test prep tutoring is available at the Computer Tutor Station in Glen
Carbon and Granite City. For more information call Lori Konsky at 977-
0496 or see your guidance counselor.
Last Updated by Dena Hayes on 10/22/2008
Triad releases enrollment figures
Triad releases enrollment figures
Numbers down slightly from last year

By Mike Terry - Collinsville Herald
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:30 AM CDT

The Triad School District has released its official enrollment figures for the 2008-2009 academic year, showing a slight decrease in students from 12 months ago.

Classes began for Triad students on Sept. 2. According to the six-day enrollment figures released on Friday, there are a total of 3,761 students marked as attending one of the district's six school buildings, in comparison to 3,833 last year.

The largest of Triad's grade levels is high school juniors, where there are 342 total students in the district. Triad High School is still the biggest building in the district and saw very little change, going from 1,301 total students last year to 1,304 this year.The most significant adjustment for the district was with the construction of two new elementary buildings (Silver Creek and St. Jacob) and a large addition to another (C.A. Henning). Those moves also allowed the district to move its students out of W.S. Freeman Elementary in Troy and lease the facility to Madison County.

Because of the changes, C.A. Henning now has the most elementary students, jumping from 489 students in 2007 to 652 in 2008, in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Not far behind is Silver Creek, which has replaced two smaller buildings (McCray and Molden) on the Dewey Street Campus. That school now has 596 students, compared to 610 last year.

Despite a larger building and the addition of pre-kindergarten, enrollment at St. Jacob has not changed much yet, going from 212 in 2007 to 220 in 2008.

Marine Elementary and Triad Middle School both saw slight drops in enrollment.


C.A. Henning Elementary652 in 2008, 489 in 2007

Silver Creek Elementary596 in 2008, 610 in 2007 (formerly the McCray and Molden buildings on the Dewey Street Campus)

W.S. Freeman Elementary Not occupied in 2008, 200 in 2007

St. Jacob Elementary 220 in 2008, 212 in 2007

Marine Elementary147 in 2008, 158 in 2007

Triad Middle School842 in 2008, 863 in 2007

Triad High School 1,304 in 2008, 1,301 in 2007
C.A. Henning brings in assistant principal
By Mike Terry - Collinsville Hearld
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

When schools open in the fall, the hallways of C.A. Henning Elementary will have quite a few more faces for teachers and administrators to keep a watchful eye on. With the 69,000-plus square foot building addition, the population will be jumping from around 390 to 576 students (with a maximum capacity of 1,100 for the future).

To help out in that aspect, the school has announced the promotion of Colleen Kremitzki to a position as Henning’s new full-time assistant principal after seven years of work as a social worker for the Triad School District.

The school board announced the move in late May and Henning Principal Kay Burrough introduced Kremitzki to the rest of the district on June 23.“I’m very excited,” said Kremitzki. “We’ve been talking about the brand new building and making the transition with the new staff. We figure a lot of people will be uneasy starting the new year, but we’re ready.”

Previously, special education teacher Deb Endres had been serving as the part-time assistant principal at Henning. Because of the need in the district, she will be returning to the special education field full time in the fall.

Rather than each handling a specific aspect of a principal’s responsibilities, both Burrough and Kremitzki will be very active in the daily operation of the school building.

Kremitzki, 32, is originally from Monticello, near Champaign, and currently lives in Glen Carbon.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, and earned her master’s and administrative degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While getting her master’s degree in social work, she also completed a student teaching program at Edwardsville High School.

Seven years ago, after finishing her education, she came to Triad Middle School’s behavior development program. A year later, she took over as the traveling social worker for Henning and W.S. Freeman elementary buildings and has been there ever since.

Kremitzki said she first became interested in teaching because of the way she can intervene and make a change in the lives of children.

“My basic philosophy is that I’m here to help kids,” she said. “In teaching you get to see them every day in an environment while they are learning and socializing, then get involved in helping them make progress over time. I’m big on that.”
Triad assistant superintendent resigns
By Mike Terry - Collinsville Hearld
Wednesday, August 27

With only a week left before the start of school, the Triad School District underwent several unanticipated administrative changes Monday night, prompted by the resignation of its assistant superintendent.

Mike Robey, who took over the job in July 2007, officially submitted his letter of resignation dated Aug. 19, after accepting the assistant superintendent position for the Evanston/Skokie School District, which is near Chicago.

Because of the surprise announcement, the school board made several interim promotions - drawing from the Triad Middle School staff.Starting immediately, Dale Sauer, TMS principal, will take over as Triad's interim assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Meanwhile, Cathie Buller, one of the middle school's two school assistant principals (along with Renee Iberg), will move up to building principal and teacher Mike Speer will fill her spot as assistant principal/athletic director.

Despite the unexpected news, Superintendent Leigh Lewis said they were viewing the situation as an opportunity rather than a setback.

"The district is very fortunate to have qualified candidates already on staff," she said. "We are very excited to be able to bring them on board and have them fill a role I know they can fill on short notice."

Robey, who previously worked as principal of Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville (near Chicago's O'Hare Airport), was hired by the district last year out of more than 30 applicants, after Lewis was promoted to superintendent.

In his letter of resignation, Robey said he had been unable to sell his house near Chicago and for the last 13 months had been working away from his wife and four children. His new job is much closer to where the family is living.

"It has truly been wonderful working with (the school board and administrative staff) and I know that you have a very bright future ahead of you in the district," Robey stated in the letter. "Continue to keep your focus on students and academic achievement and again, my thanks for a wonderful experience."

Sauer, the TMS principal, comes to the assistant superintendent's office with 14 years working in the Triad School District.

Starting at Triad High School in 1993, he taught a wide number of areas such as science, health, medical occupations and driver's education, while also coaching football, wrestling and track. In 1998, he was promoted to become the middle school's dean of students, and in 2003, he took over as principal of Molden/Dewey Elementary.

He has been principal of TMS since 2005, and just last year, the building was recognized as only one of six schools in the state named as an Illinois Horizon School to Watch.

Sauer was caught up in meetings on Tuesday and could not be reached for additional comment.

In his place at the middle school, Buller, one of the middle school's assistant principals, takes over as principal after being an assistant and athletic director at TMS since 2002. She said she has known about the probable staff changes for several days and has been trying to get up to speed on the new position as quickly as possible.

"It's been kind of a whirlwind," she said. "Dale's been helping me and teaching me the ropes. It's a little overwhelming, but I'm sure it's going to be good."

Buller has been teaching for more than 30 years, starting her educational career as a third/fourth grade teacher at St. Dominic Grade School in Breese. In 1981, she took a job at Germantown Elementary teaching kindergarten through eighth grade physical education. Along with her background in sports coaching for softball, track and volleyball, she has handled teaching assignments in gifted education, art, drama and language arts.

During her teaching career, Buller has won 10 volleyball championships, was recognized during Disney's American Teacher Awards in 1994 and was an honored teacher in KTVI's Class Act Program.

To fill her open spot, Speer, the TMS teacher, moves up after teaching seventh and eighth grades for the last 11 years. During that time, he has been involved in curriculum studies, the district mentor program and served as head coach for the football and wrestling teams. For the last five years, he has also served as an administrative intern for the district.

"The kids are lucky to have him," said Buller. "He's going to be a great asset in the office. He knows how to connect with the kids."

According to Lewis, the district would continue to review the status of the interim positions as the school year progresses.
School Demolition
By Mike Terry - Collinsville Hearld
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some took snapshots on their cell phones or digital cameras. Others fought back the tears and shared memories, while the red bricks and bits of metal crashed to the ground in a cloud of dust.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, construction workers from the Hayden Wrecking Corporation revved up an excavator and took the first swing on McCray-Dewey School — officially starting the demolition process on the Triad School District’s oldest facility.

Throughout the day, crowds watched from a safe distance, lined up around the school’s playground equipment. In a lawn chair, former teacher and student Anita Howard videotaped the whole thing, stirring up memories as classroom walls were ripped away.In one of her favorite stories from around 1959, she remembered a student playing a joke on their English teacher, Ona Gilbreth, by putting a dead snake in her desk.

“We couldn’t find where the stink was,” she said laughing. “It was just terrible. The smell didn’t go away for a long time.”

According to Howard, rumors also circulated for many years that the three-story building was haunted.

“People swore there were ghosts,” she said. “Some custodians refused to work here.”

For Troy resident Linda Byrne, McCray was also very significant to her family. Not only did she graduate herself in the 1970s, but so did her parents in the 1950s and her son Shawn attended the school when he was in fourth grade. During the demolition, she talked with others about how the building never had its own cafeteria. Early students had to walk several blocks all the way to W.S. Freeman Elementary, while recent classes trekked next door to Molden.

“We’ve just been reminiscing on all the good times and how ornery we were sometimes,” she said. “There are a lot of memories at this school.”

Byrne was also impressed with how well built the structure seemed to be.

“It’s amazing how they built this back in 1929,” she said, pointing to a steel beam. “I wonder how they were able to get that up there without big equipment.”

Construction on McCray-Dewey Township High School, named after Angeline (McCray) Dewey, began in 1929. The school first opened its doors in 1932 and through its 70-plus year history has served the district as a high school, junior high school and elementary school building.

Due to the rising population in Troy, the district is currently in the finishing stages of putting up the new Silver Creek Elementary on the Dewey Street Campus, along with an expansion to C.A. Henning Elementary.

Because of its historical significance, many longtime Troy residents were against McCray coming down. But after months of considering options and listening to public input, the school board “reluctantly” came to that decision, since nobody ever came forward with an official plan or the finances to lease or purchase the building.

Hayden Wrecking, based out of East St. Louis, began demolition June 9 on Molden Elementary and St. Jacob is scheduled for Thursday.
School Open House & Dedications
By Mike Terry - Collinsville Herald
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Since agreeing to foot the $44 million bill for new elementary buildings, many Troy and St. Jacob taxpayers have been eager for the start of the 2008-2009 school year and a chance to see those facilities begin operation.

Residents can finally mark their calendars.

On Monday night, the Triad school board announced that open house tours of all four district elementary buildings will be held later this month, followed in September by dedication ceremonies for each of the new schools.The open house tours, which are held district-wide each year, are scheduled at Triad's elementary buildings from 6 to 8 p.m on Tuesday, Aug. 26. For Troy residents, it will be the first look at the new Silver Creek Elementary and the massive addition to C.A. Henning.

Dedication ceremonies will follow after the start of the school year, and have been scheduled at 7 p.m. on weeknights in order to maximize community attendance. St. Jacob will be first on Sept. 17, followed by C.A. Henning on Sept. 18 and Silver Creek Elementary on Sept. 23. Although plans for the event haven't been worked out yet, Superintendent Leigh Lewis said the district would be sending out invitations to local officials.

According to Triad Facilities Director Ben Keefe, despite several rain delays throughout the summer, all of the new buildings are currently on schedule to finish full site construction by Aug. 15.

The actual building construction, both inside and outside, was completed on all three schools in the late spring and early summer. Much of June and July has seen the demolition of the older schools (McCray, Molden and the old St. Jacob), along with work on the parking lots, curbs, sidewalks, underground utilities, final grading and landscaping. Inside, Triad staff members have been busy cleaning up the buildings and installing furniture.

From a visual standpoint, Keefe said the look around the new schools is drastically different than it was only a few short months ago. The front of Silver Creek and St. Jacob are completely visible, with the older buildings in front of them now gone. At Henning, the trailers that once housed an overflow of students have also been removed and the drop-off circle has been replaced with a new plaza.

Because of the heavy construction schedule this summer, students let out early for summer vacation on May 15 and will be starting late, on Sept. 2. That, however, will also result in a longer school year for 2008-2009, with classes running all the way until June 10.

During Monday's meeting, Keefe also updated the board on the heating and cooling projects at Triad Middle School and Marine Elementary that were also included under the March 26 tax referendum.

In both cases, the mechanical rooms and piping are complete, chillers and roof units have been put in place, and work is progressing on electrical service. The two projects are slated for completion by Aug. 10. When done, it will be the first time that all schools in the district are equipped with air conditioning
Longer Learning
By Mike Terry - Collinsville Hearld
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The school day will take between 15 and 20 minutes longer for most Triad students this year, after the school board unanimously approved changes to the 2008-2009 daily schedule on Monday night.

District officials have been looking to increase the number of "instructional minutes" for students for quite some time, but have been unable to, mostly because of busing conflicts. With Troy consolidating from three to two elementary schools in the fall, officials decided to seize the opportunity to finally make those changes.

"The timing seemed right to adjust school hours," said Superintendent Leigh Lewis.For the last several years, all of Triad's elementary buildings started at 8:50 a.m. and all of them concluded the day at 3 p.m., with the exception of the kindergarten and first-graders at C.A. Henning, who finished at 2:25 p.m.

Starting in the fall, all four of Triad's elementary buildings (Henning, Silver Creek, St. Jacob and Marine) will be on the same schedule, running from 8:40 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

In addition, students at Triad Middle School will see another 20 minutes tacked on to their day. Classes will continue to start at 7:45 a.m., but will now end at 2:40 p.m. instead of 2:20 p.m.

There will be no changes to the Triad High School schedule.

Lewis said the district needed to increase its instructional minutes in order to apply for certain grants. Before moving ahead with the plan, officials also took time to survey staff members and meet with busing representatives on whether the adjustments were doable.

"It's exciting to see all the elementary schools on the same schedule," added school board Vice President Rob Luttrell.

During Monday's meeting, the school board also voted unanimously to increase cafeteria prices for the 2008-2009 year. The cost for students will go up a total of 15 cents and will now be as follows:

- Elementary schools: $1.10 for breakfast and $1.90 for lunch;

- Middle and high schools: $1.20 for breakfast and $2.00 for lunch.

For adults, the price of breakfast will also jump 15 cents up to $1.60 and will jump 25 cents for lunch up to $2.50.

Representatives from Sodexho, the district's food provider, say this will be the first increase in food prices that Triad has seen since the 2004-2005 school year. But with rising costs for things like milk and transportation, it was only a matter of time before it had to be done again.

"We try not to charge kids more than we have to," said Business Manager Ken Miller.

A sheet distributed to board members showed Triad's cafeteria prices comparable to districts like Collinsville, Belleville and Highland.
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