School News

Sat
23
Aug

VAHS block schedule plan back for 2015-16

After another year of planning, the seven 50-minute class period schedule once again appears set to become history at Verona Area High School.

A “block schedule,” featuring three classes up to 90 minutes each and two “skinny” blocks – a full block split in half – would replace the current schedule in 2015-16 under the proposal.

Sat
23
Aug

VAHS: AP enrollment demographics improving

After presenting a set of troubling statistics on Advanced Placement enrollment to the school board in December, Hammen returned to the school board with good news Monday night.

In December, she had outlined the lack of underrepresented and low-income students signing up for the college preparation classes, despite a survey that found 94 percent of VAHS students had college aspirations.

Wed
20
Aug

SOMS emergency exercise photos

Notice a few too many police officers and emergency responders near Savanna Oaks Middle School Tuesday morning? Don't worry, it was only a drill.

Wed
20
Aug

OSD: Board takes a step back, decides to wait for Aug. 25 to vote on referendum

Taking a step back during a special meeting where they could have set in motion a set of referenda to be voted on Nov. 4 , the Oregon School Board decided Tuesday to wait on approving the measures.

Citing a need for more information and input, the board will take up the potential referenda again during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

Mon
18
Aug

OSD board narrows down projects for potential referendum

Oregon School Board members will decide in the next few weeks whether or not to hold a multi-million dollar capital projects referendum in November that could exceed $50 million.

In the meantime, with a sizeable amount of debt set to come off the district’s books, members have been weighing how much to ask for, and what projects should take priority. Aug. 25 is the last date for the board to approve a resolution to go to a Nov. 4 referendum.

Fri
15
Aug

VASD: Annual budget meeting Monday

The Verona Area School District will hold its annual budget meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

The meeting, which will be at the district administration building, 700 N. Main St., includes the state-mandated budget hearing.

The annual meeting offers a chance for the public to hear details on how the district is spending its money.

Thu
14
Aug

OSD: Trading spaces

Oregon School District superintendent Brian Busler said the seven changes in leadership positions at district schools is the most in “a number of years” and said he’s pleased at the quality of individuals filling the posts.

Wed
13
Aug

VASD registration events Aug. 14, 18

Two optional registration events for the Verona Area School District are coming up this week.

The registration information was sent by mail in early August for VASD students, and included directions on how to register online.

The entire process can be completed online, but parents who would like additional assistance can attend either of the upcoming sessions.

There will also be two community registration locations.

Wed
13
Aug

Growing wings: Private Eagle School expanding as enrollment swells


Photos by Scott Girard. Eagle School director Carole Mason stands in one of the new classrooms that was built as part of the addition.

Eagle School has expanded its schoolhouse and added students in response to steep demand.

A new wing has increased floor space by 78 percent and will permit a 31 percent rise in enrollment at the independent Fitchburg school, which serves gifted children grades kindergarten through eight.

Wed
30
Jul

OSD Board mulls options for green building

With the clock ticking on deciding to pursue a school district referendum in November, school board members explored some “green” building possibilities at a special meeting July 23.

Representatives from Bray Architects and Findorff Co. were on hand to talk about what district officials might want included in a potential Nov. 4 referendum – something that board president Dan Krause said will decided on by Aug. 19.

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