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R-7 Board discusses new scoreboards

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Verona R-7 Board of Education members heard about two fundraising issues during their February meeting.

Superintendent William Sweet showed examples of new scoreboards for the high school gym. The scoreboard look like the current models but would have LED lights instead of screw-in bulbs. The current scoreboards are 25 years old.

Sweet is seeking donations to help purchase the scoreboards, which will cost around $6,000.

Plans for this year's prom at Verona High School hinges on fundraising. It was reported the junior class has not raised enough money to rent the Ramada Oasis in Springfield for the annual dance. It is not clear yet whether students will launch a late fundraising campaign, move the prom or cancel plans altogether.

In board action, contracts for Sweet and principals Terry Winton and Jeannie Abeln were extended. Contracts now run until Jane 2014.

In other personnel action, the board voted to accept the retirement of Judy Meadows, the 14-year librarian for the district, at the end of the school year. Meadows, who was injured in an accident in December 2011, has been back at work since mid-February.

A retirement letter from Becky Shaw, elementary counselor and special education director, was approved. Shaw has been with the district for eight years and plans to take early retirement.

The contract with the Springfield accounting firm of Davis, Lynn and Moots to conduct the audit for the 2011-12 school year was approved. The board budgeted $12,750 for the audit last year and spent $12,125. For the upcoming audit, the board budgeted $12,500.

According to board secretary Kristy Madewell, the audit had become less complicated. Madewell has taken over preparing the annual Secretary of the Board report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which the auditor had done, plus the current year's audit was less complicated without any federal stimulus money to track.

Board members approved the annual contract with food service company Opaa for the 2012-13 school year. The board budgeted $98,500, after commodity expenses, down from $114,400 for the current year. Sweet said Opaa has been a big help providing students with more food choices and meeting the state's nutrition regulations.

The board approved Sweet's recommendation to purchase new cameras for the four school buses. The cameras will match those used in Monett school buses. Cost will be $1,327 per bus.

An amendment was approved to the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Sweet said the CSIP was adjusted to reflect the goal of 100 percent graduation as required for A+ certification. The old goal had been 85 percent.

Administrative reports

Sweet reviewed the district's enrollment totals compared to a year ago. He said the student population has either remained steady or showed very slow growth.

In a change from past schedules, Sweet reported the school building is being locked daily at 3:30 p.m. to maintain security.

Abeln told the board all of the elementary classrooms now have Promethean boards along with laptops.

The Parent Teacher Organization raised more than $400 through a jump rope marathon held in conjunction with coach Ryan Yates' physical education classes. Funds will go toward the Heart Foundation.

Winton reported 21 students from Verona and area schools were planning to take the ACT tests at Verona on a Saturday. Freshmen and sophomores took the Explore and Plan Test to help develop a career path and a fitting regime of courses.

The FFA Chapter hosted a blood drive with 36 people donating 29 pints of blood.

The board will next meet on March 15.

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