School News

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09
Jul

OSD: State aid drops

With state funding to the district continuing to drop, the word “referendum” may soon be resonating in the offices of Oregon School District administrators and in the school board meeting room. 

Thu
09
Jul

OSD: New principals put cap on staff changes


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As the Oregon School District’s calendar turned to a new year July 1, the main pieces are in place after a few months of shuffling some top building administrators. 

The selection of two new building principals and the shift of an assistant from the high school to the middle school complete “phase three” of the district’s staffing plan, OSD superintendent Brian Busler said in a news release last week.

Thu
09
Jul

OSD: Charter school expansion a concern

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is proposing to expand the state’s authority to open independent charter schools across the state, a plan that has Wisconsin’s top educator and Oregon’s schools superintendent concerned. 

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: Verona superintendent celebrates 10 years


Photo by Scott Girard. Superintendent Dean Gorrell recalls stories from his decade in the Verona Area School District.

In 2005, new Verona Area School District superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Verona Press he would “like to stay here in Verona for a long time.” 

Ten years later, he’s still here and has experienced plenty in the last decade. 

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: Behavior group will address complaints

Verona Area school board members have heard plenty of complaints about student behavior in the district over the past month.

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: Personalized goal postponed

The Verona Area School District likely won’t meet its goal to have personalized learning plans in place for every student by 2016-17. 

The school board formally acknowledged that Monday night and extended the timeline for personalized learning implementation that was approved in April 2013. 

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: Badger Bus takes over district bus routes

The Verona Area School District has a new bus company.

After decades of service from First Student (previously called Verona Bus and First Group), Badger Bus took over July 1 on a three-year contract to provide bus service for the district.

VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Press the change was “hard” after so long with First Student, but the savings with Badger Bus are expected to be about $200,000 annually.

Thu
09
Jul

Big drop in state aid for VASD

The Verona Area School District will lose the second-most general state aid of any district in Wisconsin for the 2015-16 school year.

Estimates released from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction July 1 show a drop of $3.1 million in state aid (12 percent), with only Wauwatosa receiving a larger drop from 2014-15, at $3.3 million.

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: All in one place


Photo by Scott Girard. Retiring business manager Chris Murphy sits in his office last week in the Verona Area School District administration building, which did not exist when he began in the position 25 years ago.

Chris Murphy began teaching phy ed at Verona Elementary School as a new college graduate back in 1982.

On June 30, he’ll have his “bittersweet” final day of managing multi-million dollar budgets in the same district he began in.

Thu
09
Jul

VASD: Teaching the teachers


Photos by Scott Girard. Savanna Oaks Middle School phy ed teacher Brad Crandell illustrates his group’s understanding of how personalization differs from other teaching styles.

Online courses have made access to education and development easier for people at every level of education.

But sometimes, it’s just not enough, as Verona Area School District administrators decided after taking the district’s first personalized learning course in summer 2013.

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