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Fri
27
Feb

VASD: VAIS struggles to fill spots

One language program in Verona Area School District is continuing to grow, while another struggled to garner interest for next year.

Verona Area International School, a Chinese language immersion school entering its fifth year of existence, will graduate its first fifth-grade class this year, but it received only 10 kindergarten requests for 22 open spots by the Feb. 13 deadline.

Thu
26
Feb

Transit study recommends bus, shared-ride taxi

A recent transit study found a few small steps could improve access to some of the City of Fitchburg’s major amenities for those without vehicles.

Preliminary findings from a transit study by SRF Consulting show an intracity flexible bus or shared-taxi service are the most promising near-term options for the city. Those two options are the lowest-cost and highest effectiveness in the short-term, though a fixed-route bus run through Madison Metro could be the best long-term option.

Thu
26
Feb

VASD: Officials plan referendum info sessions

The Verona Area School District will hold 12 information sessions throughout March to spread the word on the April referendum.

Some are open to the public, while others are with specific groups such as the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

Wed
25
Feb

VASD: Learning to learn

One group of students sat in a circle putting rubber bands on pegs.

Another group was putting wooden blocks together across the room. 

More students were scattered around the room on chairs or sitting on the floor with worksheets or their own iPad.

Wed
25
Feb

Two-month-old dies, mother’s boyfriend charged


Holly

Fitchburg police have arrested a 24-year-old man related to the death of a 2-month-old that lived with him.

According to a Fitchburg Police Department news release, emergency personnel responded to the 3600 block of Breckenridge Court on Monday, Feb. 23, for a report of an unresponsive infant. The infant, who was breathing when first responders arrived, died later after being transported to a local hospital, the release said.

Mon
23
Feb

Fire at La Petite sends one to hospital

A Monday morning fire sent a maintenance worker at La Petite Academy to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Other than that worker, children and staff members at the academy were kept warm in ambulances and Madison Metro buses while the fire department cleared the building, according to a press release from the Fitchburg Fire Department.

Wed
18
Feb

Arnold, Pfaff advance to April election


Pfaff

The two current public office-holders running for Fitchburg mayor advanced from the Feb. 17 primary to face off in the April general election.

Ald. Steve Arnold (Dist. 4) won the primary with 1,257 votes. Mayor Shawn Pfaff came in second with 982.

The other two candidates, Janell Rice and former mayor Jay Allen, received 373 and 164, respectively.

Mon
16
Feb

OSD: School district, police help solve driving issue near RCI


Photos by Scott De Laruelle. A Rome Corners Intermediate School student uses a green flag to help alert drivers that students are using the crosswalk on South Perry Parkway after school last week. The flags were added as a safety measure earlier this year after the school got several complaints about drivers not stopping for students waiting at the crosswalk. Below, students head home from school using the crosswalk.

When he looked out his window toward Rome Corners Intermediate School to watch his daughter walk home to and from school, what Robert Zimmerman saw instead was trouble.

Mon
16
Feb

OSD: School board approves teacher contracts

If getting the teachers’ contract done earlier in the year is any sign of recent progress between the school board and educators, things are looking up.

Still, board members were starkly divided on which staff should get a supplemental pay increase, shedding light on an issue some say is causing “friction” among teachers.

Mon
16
Feb

VASD: EA application deadline Feb. 20

Verona Area School District high school students have until Friday, Feb. 20 to apply for a spot at the Exploration Academy (EA). The district’s only charter high school, the academy will enter its third year next school year with 10 new open spots.

If the school gets more than 10 applications, it will hold a lottery after the deadline to determine who gets in. Those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list.

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