The Verona R-7 Board of Education filled personnel vacancies and studied progress on replacing the business classroom during the July meeting.
Board members voted to hire Lesley Sumners as the new school nurse, Ginger Velasco as the new high school secretary and Dora Pinkley as a para-professional to work with special education students.
Superintendent Bill Sweet reported Springfield Builders Inc. (SBI) would probably not finish work rebuilding the business classroom by Aug. 12 as expected. The new tentative completion date is Aug. 15, sill ahead of the first day of classes on Aug. 18.
Roofers have been available but insulation would not be shipped until late July. Block layers were continuing to work on interior walls, Sweet said. Since the class had been held in a different location for the second half of last school year, Board Secretary Kristy Madewell said instruction can continue even if the weather caused an extended delay.
Board members heard about options to refinance the general obligation bonds from 2007 used to build the high school from Dr. Alan Crader, area supervisor for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Crader said $2,450,000 of the bonds could be repurchased, enough to cut a year off bond payments.
Board members decided they needed to see figures from the annual tax levy hearing in August before they could determine how much debt service money was available to retire bonds. They thanked Dr. Crader and voted to table the discussion until next month.
The tax levy hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 18, followed by the monthly meeting.
Finances for June and July were reviewed. Final figures on the 2010-11 school year will not be available until the annual audit in August, Madewell said.
Meal prices for the coming year were kept at the same rate. Board members voted to offer breakfast at 80 cents for students and $1 for adults. Lunch will cost $1.25 for elementary students, $1.50 for older students and $2 for adults. Extra milk will cost 30 cents.
The summer school evaluation and board policy review were accepted. A new policy on purchases involving federal contracts was also accepted.
Sweet announced he plans to provide lunch for employees on Aug. 16 and invited board members to attend.