School News

Fri
17
Oct

OSD: ‘A lot of bang for the buck’


Photo by Scott Girard. OMS principal Shannon Anderson said one major issue with the current lunchroom space is how close the tables are pushed together, forcing students to squeeze between them to walk through.

Decision day on Nov. 4 for a pair of school district referendums, school board members have been busy talking with community members and making their final pitch for the district’s $54.6 million upgrade plan. 

Mon
13
Oct

VASD: Attendance remains steady, and that’s not a good thing

The official third Friday enrollment count in the Verona Area School District confirmed some bad news for the district’s budget.

While unofficial counts had brought about the possibility of lower state aid thanks to much lower enrollment than district officials had planned for throughout the budget process, the unofficial counts had not distinguished the number of resident students in the district.

Mon
13
Oct

OSD: Learning, security, efficiency


Renderings courtesy of Bray Architects. This design shows potential future upgrades for the Brooklyn elementary school.

Though the two Oregon School District referenda on the Nov. 4 ballot total nearly $55 million in various project costs, they are intended to be far more than just a “wish list.”

Wed
08
Oct

2014 Homecoming parade photos

See photos from the Verona, Oregon and Madison West homecoming parades:

Verona

Oregon

West: Parade is Oct. 10

Mon
06
Oct

OSD: ‘Referendum tour’ underway

With memories of two failed referenda in 2012 – and lessons learned – clearly in mind, Oregon School District (OSD) officials are reaching out to the public to make sure their message is heard loud and clear this time around.

Mon
06
Oct

VASD: Calendar changes would focus on parent-teacher time

Though it’s not yet clear how, the Verona school day – or year – could look a little different starting in 2015-16.

A Verona Area School District committee took steps toward determining that answer Monday night, including possibly starting the year earlier or adjusting daily start and end times.

Mon
29
Sep

OSD: Tax levy could decrease

The Oregon School Board approved a preliminary 1.5 percent decrease in the tax levy for the 2014-15 school year at its annual meeting Monday night.

Mon
29
Sep

VASD: Board approves VAEA agreement with base wage increase

Teachers who are members of the Verona Area Education Association will see a wage increase for the 2014-15 school year.

The Verona Area School Board approved the agreement Monday night after VAEA members voted unanimously to approve it last week.

The agreement includes a 1.46 percent base wage increase for teachers who are not eligible for a increase given their service years in the district. The board also agreed to fully fund those increases.

Mon
29
Sep

VASD: Board OKs 129 acres of land purchases


Renderings courtesy Verona Area School District. The Herfel property, which is about 18 acres, is near the Cathedral Point housing development.

The Verona Area School District has been growing quickly for years, and officials don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

In late 2013, the Board of Education began discussing potential land purchases, and Monday night it turned that conversation into action with a pair of land purchases and an extension of the previously approved West End acquisition contingent on voter approval.

Mon
22
Sep

State: VASD ‘exceeds expectations’

The Verona Area School District once again received good reviews from the state Department of Public Instruction.

DPI released the 2013-14 District Report Cards Sept. 16, and VASD received a 73.4 out of a possible 100. That put the district just above the 73 minimum for the “Exceeds Expectations” category, the second-highest rating possible.

Last year, the district scored 74.4.

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