Patrons of the Verona R-7 School District will be asked to approved a no tax increase bond issue in November to finance the destruction and reconstruction of the old high school, as a result of action taken at the August school board meeting.
If approved by a fourth-sevenths majority, the $500,000 sought in the issue will be used to tear down the old high school. The money will also be used to build locker rooms, a weight room, ground entry to the gymnasium and parking lots to the west and south of the school that meet the American Disabilities Act guidelines.
William Sweet, superintendent, said patrons will not see an increase in the tax rate if the issue is approved.
"The 83 cents per $100 assessed valuation, which allows for building projects, will not be changed," said Sweet.
The board action came after Richard Werner of Springfield, the school's architect, discussed possible options for the destruction of the old high school. Werner said destruction of the south wing should be relatively easy. According to Werner, possible costs for the destruction and reconstruction of all the old school area including the basement could run from $429,750 to $573,000.
Prior to the regular meeting of the board, a public hearing on setting the tax for 2009-10 was held. No patrons were present. The board voted 5-1 at that time to leave the rate the same as the previous year, which is $3.12 per $100 assessed valuation. Coupled with the debt service fund of 83 cents per $100 assessed valuation, the total rate is $3.95.
In other business, the board announced after a closed session that the district will offer $40,000 for the purchase of the George Strawn property, located north of the school on Second Street. The property will be used for parking.
Also in closed session, a residency waiver for a high school student was approved.
The board voted to allow the district to pay the local portion, either 35 percent or 40 percent, of the career ladder stages for this year since it is already in the budget. The teachers will be allowed to work either 35 or 40 percent of the hours required depending on their career ladder status.
Tanya McMillen was employed as a special education paraprofessional pending results of her background check.
Rebecca Bauer was assigned as the second junior class sponsor.
It was decided to adopt a board policy to allow the district to count attendance of students attending the Missouri State Fair if the students are participating in an officially sanctioned activity of a program such as 4-H, FFA or FCCLA.
Sweet said the audit of the district is completed, and the district has a 35.38 percent fund balance in Fund 1. He said there is approximately $626,000 in the capital projects fund.
Out-of-state tuition to students for the 2009-10 school year was set at $7,000.
The next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.