Progress on construction at Verona High School was viewed by members of the R-7 Board of Education during their September meeting.
The board toured the new locker room addition, which has two athletic and two physical education locker rooms. A local Amish contractor was used to make stadium locker sets with upper and lower units and a separate tall unit for hanging uniforms. Four teams used the lockers for a recent volleyball tournament. Positive public response was reported.
Architect Richard Werner said a walk-through of the addition with the contractor would take place in the coming week.
Superintendent Bill Sweet recognized the Athletic Booster Club for painting the gym bleachers over Labor Day weekend. Board member Dale Whitlock singled out Vonda Kissinger, Tona Pruente and Sandy Shue for their efforts.
"I am grateful to the membership for this undertaking and their generosity," Sweet said.
|Sweet said the stormwater drainage plan for the parking lot needed more work. Curbing has been placed around the lot, but the plan funnels all the rainwater to the corner of Second Street and Ella, raising concern about erosion on the bank between the parking lot and the street.||Sweet offered some options, including construction of a wall for drainage. Board members directed him to check on pricing options.|
Pre-school Title I aide LaDonna Burnley resigned her position effective Sept. 24 to stay home with her small children. The board voted to hire Adilene Salas to replace Burnley in the part-time position. Salas, a Verona High School graduate, had previously worked in the Parents as Teachers program and lives in the district.
Board members agreed to cook a meal for the faculty on Oct. 21, the night of parent-teacher conferences. The October meeting will be held later that evening.
Sweet reported a pessimistic forecast for school funding was given at a recent meeting he attended with representatives from the investment banking firm of LJ Hart and Company. The 2012-13 school year is expected to see a very serious funding shortfall from the state.
By the end of the next school year, the state is likely to be $800 million in the red, Sweet reported. The Verona district will receive $107,000 in federal stimulus money for the current school year, which will act as a buffer for the 2011-12 year. The money is not expected to would not reach the district until spring of 2011.