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Verona board prepares for new year

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Verona R-7 School Board members made preparations for the 2011-12 school year during their June meeting.

Steel is now on site for replacing the new business room. Springfield Builders Inc. (SBI) had difficulty obtaining shop drawings from the steel company. The floor slab was poured in the interim.

Architect Richard Werner said he expects work will be completed as contracted by the beginning of classes in August.

In personnel action, the board voted not to rehire the high school secretary. Candidates are being interviewed for the position. The board approved an extra duty paid sponsorship for the Junior High Honor Society, which will be handled by Tina Jennings next year.

Superintendent Bill Sweet said he hopes to have an applicant for the nurse's position to approve at the next board meeting on July 19.

Financial action

The board approved using the amended budget for the 2010-11 year as the preliminary budget for the new year, which began on July 1. Numbers for the old school year are expected to be finalized for the July meeting.

The district has had difficulty maintaining its debt service fund at levels proscribed by the state in light of declining property tax revenues and state funding. Sweet discussed options to bolster the fund with investment bankers L.J. Hart and Company and expected to have a recommendation at the next meeting.

The district's preliminary audit for the year was completed on June 27, and the final audit has been scheduled for Aug. 12.

Elementary Principal Jeannie Abeln reported her campus will have six new Promethean Interactive White Boards for fourth through sixth grades this fall. Promethean Boards create, develop, supply and support interactive learning technology.

Elementary teachers would use the AIMSweb, another new technology tool, this fall. Abeln said the tool provides a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment targeting kindergarten through sixth grade students.

Parents, teachers, students and administrators will receive progress reports through a web-based data management and reporting system. The information will help staff determine when to intervene with additional help. Teachers will have training on AIMSweb Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.

A new reading intervention program, iStation, will be introduced at the elementary grades this fall. Abeln said iStation can be used to help improve reading skills, based on research and individualized data.

Abeln and faculty members Julie Rysted, Renee Bliven and Beth Fenske attended a four-day conference, "From Standards to Students," to learn how to deliver more effective instruction.

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