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R-7 board votes to give teachers a boost in pay

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Verona R-7 Board of Education voted to increase teachers' pay for the 2012-13 school year at the board's March meeting.

The new salary schedule for faculty was approved. The base salary for a new certified teacher is $28,650, up $471 from last year for teachers with a bachelor degree. Teachers with masters degrees saw an increase of $27 through the different levels of expe-rience. Extra duty pay for the athletic director, yearbook advisor and most coaches increased by $50.

Board members also hired staff at their meeting. The board voted not to rehire fifth grade teacher Dennis Graves. Graves had been with the district for three years.

All the other teachers and administrators were rehired. The district has seven probationary and 17 tenured teachers. At the high school level the district, has six probationary and 13 tenured teachers.

Positions remaining open include two fifth grade teachers and one sixth grade teacher. Superintendent Bill Sweet said he would like to combine the Title 1 and English as a second language jobs into one position, rather than have two jobs paid by federal money, as well as combining the elementary counselor and at-risk teacher jobs.

A calendar was adopted for the 2012-13 school year. The first day of classes will be Aug. 16. Christmas break will begin at midday on Dec. 19 and classes will resume on Jan. 3, 2012. Graduation will be on May 19, 2013.

Resource upgrades

Sweet reported additional donations were secured for two new scoreboards. Supporting the effort are First Independent Bank, American Dehydrated Foods, Kemin Industries and Spring River Salvage and Youngberg Ranch Supply.

Nevco, manufacturer of scoreboards with LED lights instead of units with bulbs, based in southern Illinois, planned to deliver the new scoreboards in early April, Sweet said.

Sweet and Robert Baker, technology director, are exploring providing wireless Internet service throughout the school campus. Sweet said the district will change Internet hosting companies for the 2012-13 school year for a more user friendly system with expanded services.

The boys and girls basketball teams were formally recognized for advancing to the district finals in Logan-Rogersville.

"This is the first time in many years that both teams made it to the finals in the same year, and they deserve a 'Well done' for making it so far," Sweet said. "They represented our school well during both regular and post -season play. A strong basketball tradition lives on in Verona."

Administrative reports

Counselor Isaac Crawford provided the board with the 180-day follow-up on the 25 graduates from the Class of 2011. The district had a 92.6 graduation rate and a career education placement of 100 percent. With students attending post-secondary technical institutions, nearly 82 percent of graduates were attending college or a technical school.

Crawford credited program changes implemented over the past four years for improving college and career placement. Work experience, early graduation and dual credits were further help. Introduction of an alternative school during the current school year is expected to help further.

Jeanne Abeln, elementary principal, reported the multi-cultural fair will be held on April 26. Students would see assemblies and workshops on the nation of Russia on April 25.

Terry Winton, high school principal, reported Verona students participated in the Ozark 7 art show. Students in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) were participating in job shadowing while other students took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery to help find career paths.

The board will next meet on April 19.

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