The Verona R-7 Board of Education made financial and personnel moves for the coming year and reviewed current building and program efforts at its April meeting.
Board members approved the salary schedule for certified staff. Base pay remained the same at $28,179. The only changes foreseen at this time involved staff who completed their master's degrees moving up in the pay division. The salary schedule for classified staff stayed the same.
The good news on finances came in the food service report. Superintendent William Sweet said that since the district switched to Opaa! in December 2009, sales for the year had turned around. The district would end the year in the black after several years of losing money.
Currently 98 percent of students were participating in lunch. Sales to adults were up by $1,800 over the same time last year. State meal reimbursement through March was also up by more than $17,000. Sweet said the district's electricity expenses were also down by $2,300 from last year.
The bad news came in the form of health insurance, where premiums were due to go up 13 to 17 percent next year. Board members voted to try to move to another consortium of districts to secure insurance. If Verona was accepted into another group, board members agreed to pay 100 percent of employee health insurance at rates currently available.
All board officers were retained for the coming year. Donnie Craft will continue as president and Gary Wolf will still be vice president. YaVonne Koehler will continue her duties as treasurer. Kristy Madewell was retained as board secretary.
|Extra duty assignments were awarded for the coming year. Brad Stewart was tapped as athletic director and coach for varsity volleyball, boys basketball and track for junior high and high school. Ryan Yates will coach girls varsity basketball, junior high volleyball and track at the junior high level for girls and boys.||Rebecca Bauer was named assistant girls basketball coach, junior class sponsor and yearbook sponsor for the second year. Molly Rothert was named as the senior class sponsor. Michelle Riedel will be the assistant sponsor for the junior class.|
Sweet reported construction crews from SBI had stabilized the gymnasium's west end. Since then, Ermen Hillhouse has removed the rest of the old high school building. Construction crews would next pour footings for a new locker room to go in the footprint of the old structure.
High School Principal Terry Winton noted recent student achievements. Tristan Carrisquillo had been named to the All-State first team basketball team and Jessica Smith was named to the second team. The geometry team of Mary Turner, Ryan Noack and Jayme Garoutte took second place in Class 1 at the Pummill Math Relays.
Board members voted to continue having meetings on the third Thursday of each month.