Verona School Board members explored the option of opening school facilities to public use under Missouri State University's Hispanic Initiative during its November board meeting.
Dr. Rosa Maria Mejia, the Hispanic Initiative director at Missouri State University, said 134 community learning centers operate like the one proposed for use at the Verona district. Participants range in age from 8 to adulthood.
There are 85 programs offered over the Internet, using school computers. The programs cover basic skills, citizenship procedures, banking, how credit cards work, legal issues and basic English classes. The website displaying the classes is hosted by a college in Monterey, Mexico. All courses are presented in Spanish.
Verona could bring the resource to its patrons by providing a computer lab and possibly a supervisor. Board members discussed days of use, liabilities and responsibilities. They decided to explore how the Monett R-1 District handled a similar proposal prior to making any commitments.
Athletic Director and basketball coach Brad Stewart addressed the board about the basketball program for students in fifth and sixth grades. As many as 40 intermediate school-aged children have participated in the past, he said.
Previously, Stewart had been paid through the Career Ladder for extra work involving fifth and sixth graders. Games would require a $2 admission for adults and $1 for students.
Stewart chose not to participate without Career Ladder assistance and told board members they needed to get someone "who knows what they're doing" to run it.
Board members asked Stewart to write program guidelines, including a recommended number of practices and games. They agreed to look at the matter again at their December meeting.
A motion passed setting filing dates for the April 3, 2012, election for Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, and Jan. 2 through Jan. 17, 2012, at the superintendent's office, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Filing would extend until 5 p.m. on the last day. Seats open for the election are presently held by eight-term incumbent and board president Donnie Craft and three-term incumbent Gary Wolf.
Superintendent William Sweet said the central office would be closed during the Christmas break.
A water leak under the old junior high building had been discovered and capped. Sweet said new water lines were placed above ground to avoid similar complications in the future.
Terry Winton, high school principal, described the Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 11. A color guard from the Junior ROTC program at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett participated.
Winton told about consultations with outside specialists. Marsha Lay, from the Regional Professional Development Center at Missouri State University, was helping develop building and district improvement plans. Building principals and teachers for English language learners attended the Missouri English Language Learners Conference in November.