A feasibility study for removing portions of the old high school at Verona and rebuilding needed areas on that site was approved at the February meeting of the Verona R-7 Board of Education.
It was decided to have the school's architect, Richard Werner, do a feasibility study after Werner spoke about the process of tearing down the old high school building and building back some of that area for entrances into the gymnasium.
Werner advised the old area would have to be made weather tight. He spoke of making it attractive and co-mingling it with the remaining structures. He said the work would possibly have to be put out for bid and there might be a need for a structural engineer at some point.
In other matters, Werner's father, Richard D. Werner, addressed the board and recommended naming something on campus after Kenneth Field, long-time Verona educator. Fields had been a coach, bus driver and superintendent at Verona. Werner recommended naming the gym the "Kenneth Fields Field House." The board tabled the matter until next month, since all board members were not present.
Following a closed session, the board voted to offer all building administrators two-year contracts. Those administrators are: William Sweet, superintendent; Terry Winton, high school principal; and Jeannie Abeln, elementary school principal.
The board voted to sign an audit agreement with the auditing firm of Davis, Lynn, and Moots of Springfield, for audit service for the 2008-09 school year.
Members also accepted the resignation of Carrie Jones, elementary school English language learners teacher.
Winton announced that Jack Henry and Associates, Monett, is donating 20 laptop computers to the school.
The principal mentioned that high school volleyball players Beth Bigham, Tristan Carrasquillo, Jessica Lombard, Kelsey Krueger and Jenna Chadd earned Volleyball Coach's Association All-State academic team honors.
Superintendent Sweet stated the new machine for the cafeteria floor has arrived and is working well. He also said the cafeteria has started a salad bar for sixth through 12th grades.
Elementary Principal Abeln announced that the school spelling bee winner is fifth grader Spencer Shue. He will compete in the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee on March 18.
Abeln noted that she, as well as Becky Mayberry, Debbie Pankau and Lisa Braden, participated in CPR training and have been certified.
"Just think, we could save your life," she said.
The annual pre-school screening has been scheduled at the elementary school for March 18 and 19.
The next meeting of the board will be Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.