Following reorganization of the board, the Verona R-7 Board of Education handled a variety of items, including an option for the gymnasium floor, at its April meeting.
It was decided at the reorganizational meeting to keep the current officers. They are: Donnie Craft, president; Gary Wolf, vice president; YaVonne Koehler, treasurer; and Kristy Madewell, secretary.
Bids were studied for two systems on replacing the gym floor. Leslie Flooring's bid was for a sleeper floor system, and Varsity's bid was for a cross air floor system. The board voted to accept the bid from Varsity.
In a related matter, Richard Werner, the school's architect, presented options for use of the gym. He spoke of an original study done several years ago and showed blueprints of possible uses of the gym if the old school was replaced.
In other matters, Paula Willard requested permission to start a cheerleading squad. The board voted to okay the formation of a squad and have Willard and school administrators work out specific details regarding camps, uniforms and try-outs.
Jennifer Rice, art teacher, addressed the board regarding a photography class for summer school and regular school. She requested approximately $1,800 for equipment for the class. She mentioned there were about 12 to 15 students interested in the class for summer school. The board advised the matter would be taken under consideration.
Tracy Clements, school counselor, presented information on dual credit classes. Students would take a college class and earn both college and high school credit for that class. Class prices range from $236 to $423. Classes are limited to junior and seniors who have taken the ACT and received a high score. Clements asked the board to help bear part of the cost for the classes and decide if classes should be weighted or not. The board decided to table the matter until more information is received from other school districts.
The board voted to accept Anthem for the school's health insurance carrier. The board-paid premium was set at $296.56, a 5.9 percent decrease from the previous year.
The technology plan, CSIP plan, certified and non-certified salary schedules and compensation and extra-duty assignments were approved as presented.
Dennis Graves was employed as an additional sixth grade teacher for the 2009-10 school year.
It was decided to change May 4 to a half day of school. School will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. for a teacher in-service on curriculum.
Bill Sweet, superintendent, advised the board that tuition at the Southwest Area Career Center at Monett will increase next school year. Rates will increase to $1,895 per year per student. The cost of the JROTC program will increase to $1,300 per year per student and the WEP program will increase to $850 per year per student.
The board voted to keep board meetings on the third Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 21.