Creation of a school foundation for the Verona School District was discussed at the October meeting of the school board.
Julie Leeth, of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, presented the idea. She said the best route for the school would be to form a charitable educational fund that would be handled by a board separate from the school.
Leeth said the board would be comprised of patrons of the district. It would be a private organization not bound by the regulations of public money. The fee to administer the board would be three-fourths of 1 percent of the fund balance annually.
The foundation would allow patrons to make donations to benefit the school and receive the largest tax deduction possible, said Leeth. The board could also handle the financial administration side of scholarships.
Verona school board members said they will review the information presented and discuss it more fully at the November meeting.
In other matters, Superintendent William Sweet said the district has been chosen to participate in a two-year professional development program funded by the Rural Schools Innovation Network. During the next two years, staff will be able to network, access current research and better understand the issues facing rural education, said Sweet.
The board voted to approve the FFA Chapter trip to the national convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The superintendent said he had sent four letters to companies seeking their interest in contracting with the district for food service. He added that OPAA, located in Chesterfield, was the only company to submit a bid.
Sweet said a decision on the bid will be made at the November meeting. If OPAA is selected by the board, the transition will take place the week of Dec. 14, said Sweet.
Following a closed session, it was disclosed than an early graduation application had been approved.
The next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.