The Verona R-7 Board of Education took steps to firm up operations for the rest of the school year with personnel action at the December meeting.
Teacher Tabitha Farris received a stipend to serve as sponsor for the high school junior varsity academic team.
Coach Ryan Yates received an extra duty stipend and salary update for serving as coach for both boys and girls basketball for fifth and sixth grades.
Superintendent Bill Sweet reported on plans for a retirement social for Janice Henson, who was retiring after nine years of service as a cook.
In other business, Sweet said he is exploring the option of providing wireless Internet service for the entire school.
Board members approved the annual district audit as presented.
A revision was approved for the current school year calendar. Feb. 3, 2012 will be a half-day of classes. Students will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. so that teachers can spend the rest of the day on professional development activities.
Jeannie Abeln, elementary principal, described the elementary citizenship assembly, sponsored by the second and third grade classes. The star of the event was Louie, the Springfield Cardinals mascot.
A winter dance, sponsored by the PTA, served as a fundraiser. Students held a math-a-thon and raised $634 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Terry Winton, high school principal, said 29 students had opted out of taking final exams.
Students in the Future Business Leaders of American and Family, Consumer and Career Leaders of America Chapters held a Christmas dinner for the community's senior citizens, Winton said.
Sweet told board members a document shredder company had come to the school and disposed of more than a ton of out-of-date paperwork.
A number of repairs had been needed. Sweet said a water leak had been found, a dishwasher had been fixed, the high school gym concession stand had been rewired and a heating unit in the locker room had been fixed.
Board members received thanks for providing all the faculty and district employees each with $10 gift cards from Walmart for Christmas.