School News

Fri
29
Aug

VASD: Drake brings high school experience to VAIS


Photo by Scott Girard. New Verona Area International School director Barbara Drake stands in front of a map of China in one of the school’s classrooms.

For years before she retired in 2009, Barbara Drake worked to bring a Chinese program to her high school in Illinois.

She couldn’t get it mostly because of tight budgets. Instead, she’ll help bring the language to Verona students as the new director at Verona Area International School.

Fri
29
Aug

Admin trio gets fresh start at VAHS


Photo by Scott Girard. Pheng Lee, Dan Kigeya and Tamara Sutor were all hired since May, as all three of last year’s associate principals at Verona Area High School left. They hope to bring fresh ideas to the school, and all report enjoying their short time in the district thus far.

Pheng Lee was “very hesitant to come to Verona” when he was offered an associate principal job at Verona Area High School in the spring.

In fact, he turned down the first job the district offered him in May, calling VAHS principal Pam Hammen two days before the school board was set to approve his contract.

Thu
28
Aug

OSD: Following the footsteps


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. New Oregon High School assistant principal Josh Iverson takes some time out to chat during a day-long session on personalized learning earlier this month.

Assistant high school principals often get a reputation for being the “heavy,” or the school disciplinarian. But new Oregon High School assistant principal Josh Iverson comes to his job with a different perspective – a background in special education teaching that carries on a family tradition.

The Viroqua native credits his passion for teaching special education to his mother, a long-time special education teacher.

Thu
28
Aug

OSD: $54.6 million referendum on Nov. ballot

Oregon School District voters will decide in November on a pair of referendums totaling nearly $55 million.

The two questions are both related to capital projects and maintenance on district schools.

A third potential referendum question that was discussed at the previous week’s special meeting related to teacher compensation was pushed back, as the board indicated a desire to instead put that on the April ballot.

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.

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