Building updates occupied the bulk of the items handled at the July meeting of the Verona R-7 Board of Education.
Phase one of the destruction of the old high school building was ordered with a provision of cost estimate. This will include demolition of the southern most section of the school and weather-proofing the opening.
Regarding the gymnasium floor, Dave Arbuckle of Varsity Floor said the floor destruction was started on June 27 and completed on June 30. He said the east two-thirds of the concrete surface was good, but the west third was like an asphalt surface and very uneven.
On reconstructing the gym floor, the board went with the option explained by Dale Blackburn of Sports Unlimited. This plan included filling some of the major holes with concrete base patch, putting down two lays of one-half inch foam, two layers of plywood and maple on top. Blackburn said this will give a good, resilient floor that should last 50 years and could be completed by the first day of school.
Superintendent of Schools William Sweet noted the upstairs floor in the junior high school building is completed. There is yellow tile in the hallway and a light brown carpet in the six classrooms. The cost was just under $10,000 to redo the flooring.
In other matters, meal prices were set as follows: 80 cents per student and $1 for adults for breakfast; $1.25 for kindergarten through sixth grade, $1.50 for seventh grades through 12th, and $2 for adults for lunch; and 30 cents for milk. These are the same prices as last year. It was last year that the board increased the meal prices for the first time in six years.
The current bus policy was changed. It was decided to stop bus transportaion for students living in the area bordered by Washington Street on the north, the east side of Third Street on the west, the north side of Business Highway 60/Third Street on the south and First Street on the east.
Sweet said playground equipment has arrived from Miracle Recreation. Placement of the equipment started on July 17.
He said the Verona Lions Club is building an outside classroom and a basketball court. American Dehydrated Foods is providing the goal posts and half the cost of the playground equipment. The school is providing tether balls, soccer goals and half the cost of the playground equipment. According to Street, Miracle gave a $12,000 discount on the equipment.
The employee welcome back cookout was set for 6 p.m. Aug. 17, and the annual tax rate hearing was scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Aug. 20 with the regular school board meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m.