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Verona R-6 Board reviews construction

Monday, August 2, 2010

Construction progress on the old Verona High School building was reviewed as school board members took stock of preparations for the coming year at the July board meeting.

Superintendent William Sweet said the roof on the new addition replacing the locker rooms was expected to be finished once block work was done. The entire project, including demolition of the old high school building, was expected to cost $130,000 to $150,000. The building fund would be left with a balance of around $400,000.

Board members toured the building project at the beginning of the meeting. It was decided to place class composites in the high school lobby and hallway. New display cases will be placed in the lobby.

Financial reports reviewed at the board meeting included a wrap-up on the 2009-10 fiscal year. Sweet said final numbers would not be ready until the annual audit; however, it appeared the district had ended the year with a fund balance of approximately 35 percent.

The high percentage was made possible by planning under previous superintendent Robert Abeln and had been maintained despite state funding reductions.

In other financial matters, the board voted to maintain school lunch prices at last year's levels. The food service, now being run by Opaa, ended the year with a positive balance, compared to deficits in past years.

Meal rates will be 80 cents for breakfast; $1.25 for sixth grade and under lunch, and $1.50 for seventh through 12th grade lunch. Adults will pay $1 for breakfast and $2 for lunch.

The annual report evaluating support service staff and operations was approved. Non-certified support staff includes six para-professionals, three secretaries, four custodians, three cafeteria staff and the technology staff.

The back-to-school picnic for teachers was scheduled as a catered lunch for Tuesday, Aug. 17. The board will also cook for teachers during the October parent-teacher conferences.

The district's annual tax levy hearing was scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 26, followed by the board meeting.

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