Progress on construction at the Verona R-7 School District was reviewed as board members looked at the opening of a new school year at their August board meeting.
|Superintendent Bill Sweet reported Springfield Builders Inc. was scheduled to be done on Sept. 15. Finishing work is still underway on the new locker room building and the exterior of the old gym.||Installation on the ceiling grid and tile were expected to start the first week of September. Interior painting on the building has been delayed by excessive moisture.||Nearly 60 new bleacher seats still need to be painted. Recognition was extended to Dale Whitlock, Quinton Bauer and Eugene Mahurin for hours spent on constructing the bleacher extensions for the gym.|
"I am grateful to these patrons who volunteered their time," Sweet said.
Board members reviewed bids for paving the parking lot where the old high school had been, an area now used as the daily loading and unloading for buses. Three bids were received. The contract was awarded to Kelly Bishop Construction, who was the low bidder, at $26,470. Bishop had previously paved the elementary school parking lot.
In other financial action, the board set the out-of-district tuition rate at $7,000. Sweet said the state would allow the rate to be as high as $8,000. The district has not had any out-of-district students for a number of years.
The board adopted its tax levy for the year. The property tax rate remained the same at $3.12 per $100 of assessed valuation for general operations and 83 cents per $100 for debit service.
The board received a letter from the Missouri Commissioner of Education indicating the district had been officially accredited.
Reports on student test scores showed that Verona was the only district in Lawrence County to pass the Annual Yearly Progress report under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Auditors had completed most of the audit review, Sweet said. District reserves for general operations had totaled 37.74 percent while the capital projects fund had $790,000 remaining.
The district's food service program, according to the audit, went from a deficit of $32,000 at the end of the 2008-09 school year to an $18,000 surplus in the past year with the switch to the Opaa! company.
Elementary Principal Jeannie Abeln reported Kenna Freiburger has been named to head the Home and School program for the year. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts during the well-attended open house went back into the Home and School program.
A new school-wide positive behavior support program has been introduced, Abeln said. Teachers have agreed on a matrix to guide the undertaking. A behavior log and office referral system is being used to help handle student behavior.
The efforts of Abeln, Julie Rysted, Crista Witt, Kelley McCaffrey and Vivian Welters were acknowledged for working as the Verona PBS Leadership Team. The group was credited for improving the school climate and stimulating higher student achievement.
Robert Baker was recognized for working to set up the elementary computer lab and addressing a variety of technical inadequacies.
Judy Meadows was credited with successfully writing a grant application to the Laura Bush Foundation. The $6,000 in funding will be used to help equip the library with more bilingual books and English as a second language volumes.