The Verona R-7 Board of Education voted to move forward with replacing its business building at its May meeting.
Board members voted to approve a contract with Springfield Builders Inc. for a maximum price of $265,142. The final cost came after the board asked for changes that reduced the cost by $8,037. Cost covers replacement of the business lab, construction of an additional learning area and a covered extended hallway. Work started on May 31 and is due to be finished by Aug. 12.
In other contracts, the board agreed to fund sending 15 students during the coming school year to the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett. An extra duty contract was extended to Tina Jennings, high school science teacher, to serve as sponsor for the high school academic team for the 2011-12 school year.
Several personnel changes were approved. Becky Mayberry, who has served as school nurse for the past 12 years, announced her retirement. Cassie Bennett, who has worked as a kindergarten teacher for the district for the past five years, resigned to go to Africa and work as a missionary.
With a kindergarten vacancy open, third grade teachers Amy Yoder and Vivian Welters agreed to switch and teach kindergarten next year. Board members then hired Cynthia Murphy, who comes to Verona from Colorado, and Terry Mitchell, from Nixa, to teach third grade next year.
The non-certified staff was hired for next year with a few changes to the list. Appointed to positions are secretaries Kristy Madewell and Debbie Pankau; Bob Baker as technology coordinator; Melvey Hillhouse as parents as teachers coordinator; special education aides Tanya McMillen, Joni Sherwood and D.J. Sherwood; Title I aides Vonda Kissinger, Stephanie Jordan, Kelly Hilton, Amy Butler and Adilene Salas; cafeteria staff Janice Henson and Terry Klueger; and custodians Pete Sherwood, Rick Solomon, Deborah Knotts and Rodney Davidson.
Superintendent William Sweet reported the annual audit of district records would take place on June 27 and Aug. 10 through Aug. 12.
Work has started on the budget for the 2011-12 year.
The sign had been put in place naming the gym for longtime educator Kenneth Fields. A maple tree, donated by the Class of 1959, had been planted in front of the old junior high building.
An organization seeking to place a foreign exchange student with the district in the coming year, had expressed an interest in finding a host family. Board members told Sweet they approved the effort.
Elementary Principal Jeannie Abeln reported she had attended a conference on federal programs in Columbia in May. The district's Title I plan had been reviewed and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The health advisory committee had discussed ideas for focusing on drug abuse and bullying for the coming year, Abeln said. Teacher Becky Shaw had designed a lesson plan to address drug issues. Approximately 20 pre-school students had been screened for the coming year. Verona has had more than 35 students entering kindergarten for the last five years.
Approximately 38 students from grades four through six went on the reward trip to Incredible Pizza for scoring in the proficient and advanced levels on the state standardized MAP tests, Abeln continued. Sixth graders took a field trip to the Springfield Cardinals game. Fourth graders participated in a nature and community service project at Roaring River State Park.
Second graders took a field trip to the Dino Museum in Branson. First graders took a "very wet" field trip to Roaring River. Second and third grade students who qualified for the A-B honor roll for the year were treated to pizza and drinks. Honor roll students in grades four through six received a pizza party at Pizza Hut. Sixth graders took a field trip to the George Washington Carver Monument near Diamond.
High School Principal Terry Winton reported the basketball game between the seniors and the faculty had been won by the faculty 39-19.
The board will next meet on June 23.