The Verona R-7 Board of Education hired staff and took action on a number of personnel issues at its April meeting.
Margaret Kleiboeker was hired as the new school nurse. Kleiboeker worked for the district as a vocational agriculture teacher before starting a family and attending nursing school. She has been working for Cox Monett Hospital.
Becky Mayberry, who retired a year ago as school nurse, has been filling the nurse's position on an emergency basis. According to board secretary Kristy Madewell, Mayberry will be able to retire again.
Board members hired Shelly Gatton as the new special services director. Gatton has worked as a special education teacher for the Crane School District.
Amanda Mayne, who taught in the Avilla School District, was hired as an elementary teacher. Brandi Freiburger, who has worked at St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett, was hired as an elementary teacher. Jason Kramer, who taught in Golden City, was also hired as an elementary teacher.
Board members voted to rehire the classified staff. Extra duty assignments were approved for the coming year with no changes.
A new classified salary schedule was approved, adding a new section to cover extended years of service with the district. Madewell said the salary base remained the same.
Cherri Nash provided details on the district's new alternative school. The E2020 program has 54 different class curriculums aligned with Missouri standards. When not in use for the alternative school, the computers are available for use in regular classroom settings.
"The alternative school is available during the first four hours of the school day," Nash said. "Resources allow five students to log onto a computer-based study course at a time."
The program has had success. Board members gave Nash a round of applause for her efforts.
Superintendent Bill Sweet submitted the district's technology plan, which identifies him as the technology coordinator. Sweet said technology upgrades are underway and more have been scheduled. Promethean boards have been placed in all the elementary classrooms and the number of computers and laptops available for student use have increased.
Bandwidth for receiving Internet use has increased. The district's website will be upgraded to allow more access by students, parents and patrons. Sweet recommended continuing to seek financial resources to implement the plan.
The report on differentiated instruction for at-risk and Title I programs was approved by the board.
A total of 53 students receive special education instruction. Eleven are in at-risk classes. Sixty-three students receive instruction in English for speakers of other languages, only eight of which are in high school.
Sweet said new scoreboards for the gymnasium arrived. The units will be mounted after the school year ends in May.
A tuition rate increase for students attending the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett will increase the district's cost by $1,600 for the coming year. Sweet said the Career Center has a 90 percent placement rate for graduates.
A retirement reception is planned for May 9 for faculty members Judy Meadows and Becky Shaw.
High school principal Terry Winton reported five Future Business Leaders of America members and the FFA livestock team advanced to state competition this year.
Elementary principal Jeannie Abeln said the Cox Hospital Care Mobile would visit the Verona campus one a month during the summer to check on students and family members. Cox would also conduct free sports physical and immunization clinics.
A visit by the Jordan Valley Dental Clinic van enabled 31 students to receive dental treatments.
Three weeks of nutrition classes began on April 24 for kindergarten through second grade.
Other year-end activities include fourth graders will go to Roaring River State Park on May 18 to complete their community service project.