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Verona school dist. gears up for new state review

Friday, October 12, 2012

Details on the new state assessment of school districts were shared at the September meeting of the Verona R-7 Board of Education.

"As we are in a transition between MSIP (Missouri School Improvement Program) 4 and MSIP 5, the state used MAP (Missouri Assessment Program standardized test) data from 2011 to identify the level of accreditation we would receive this year if we were to be accredited by MSIP 5 standards," said Superintendent William Sweet.

"The good news is that we would have been accredited and 7.5 points away from accredited with distinction," Sweet said. "We have historically received accredited status by the state."

Board members made several personnel decisions.

English teacher Lisa Ledbetter, who is new this year, was given the extra duty assignment as junior class sponsor.

Martha Strong was hired as an English language learners paraprofessonal. Strong worked as a translator for the Monett district.

Lisa Hefner was hired as a special education para-professional. New to the education field, Hefner applied for a part-time job and was the best person for the opening, said board secretary Kristy Madewell.

The board accepted the resignation of Pete Sherwood as maintenance director. Sherwood had been with the district since August 2008 and had been maintenance director for three years.

At present, one custodian is off duty on worker's compensation. Board members asked Sweet to explore the option of contracting for maintenance and custodial services. Sweet said temporary solutions are in place for running the department until a direction for custodial services is found.

In financial action, the board approved an updated budget. According to projections, the district expects to improve its general and teacher reserve to nearly 45.3 percent of the budget.

Electricity use for the first month of the year was down $2,786.83 from a year ago, Sweet said.

The district worked to improve its technology offerings over the summer. Promethean boards have been installed in all high school classrooms, Sweet said, putting the units in classes at every grade level.

Enrollment is down five students from opening day, Sweet said. Total enrollment from kindergarten through grade 12 stands at 387.

Elementary principal Jeannie Abeln reported the Cardiac Kids program for fifth graders, a service offered through Cox Monett Hospital, had done initial blood samples for cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Progress reports had been sent to families.

The Food for America program had been presented to the elementary school by the agriculture department. A citizenship assembly was also held. The Parent Teacher Association started its activities, including box-top collections. The Title I pre-school teacher attended a week long workshop in Monett.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks books the school cafeteria on Oct. 1 for its annual awards ceremony. Board members decided to serve dinner to teachers on Oct. 18, the night of the parent-teacher conferences.

The board will next meet on Oct. 18.

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