April 18, 2013
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Verona Area School District
High school graduation rates take slight dip
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High school graduationrates dipped slightly lastyear at Verona Area HighSchool, according to datareleased last week by thestate Department of PublicInstruction.Just under 94 percent of VAHS seniors in 2011-12graduated after four yearsof high school. That’s about1 percent down from lastyear’s “four-year rate” but1 percent higher than a yearearlier.Last year’s graduationrate reached 94 percentwhen using “the legacyrate,” which factors instudents who obtain theirdegrees later, either becausethey are special-educationstudents or because theyfinished their work aftertheir senior year ended.That’s down from the94.8 percent legacy rate thedistrict reported for 2010-11. The 2010-11 figureslisted on the DPI databaseare incorrect, local officialssaid last year, because of errors made by local staff when entering data forsome students.Just over 82 percentof VAHS students fromlow-income homes earneddiplomas last year, up from75.3 percent last year butdown from 91.4 percenttwo years earlier.This year’s VAHS gradu-ation rate ranks slightlybelow the middle of thepack compared to 15 DaneCounty high schools out-side of Madison. Elevenschools had higher legacyrates; three were lower,according to DPI figures.Using the four-year rate,VAHS outpaced six schoolsand trailed eight. VAHStopped all Madison highschools in both categories.Data for this year’s grad-uating class won’t be avail-able until next spring.Statewide, the four-yeargraduation rate rose half a percentage point to 87.5percent last year, accord-ing to a DPI news release.The legacy rate rose wasup one-tenth of a percent to90.6.
Epic traffic plan goes before the public
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The public is invited toview the draft of a trafficimpact analysis study at apublic meeting next Tues-day.Early this week, cityofficials and representa-tives from AECOM, thefirm hired to conduct thestudy, were still hashingout details about the meet-ing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,April 23, at Verona CityCenter.City administrator BillBurns said the companylikely will have maps of the area, along with a 3-Dvideo computer modelingof traffic patterns and flowthrough the area. Both hadbeen presented to the Pub-lic Works committee lastmonth.Depending on the size of the crowd, AECOM mightwalk through some of themodels in a formal presen-tation. The company willalso have representativeson hand to answer ques-tions from residents.The city and AECOMhave previously discussedsome details of the traf-fic study as part of neigh-borhood planning meet-ings held by Epic earlierthis year for its plans tobuild two more campus-es. Epic is planning roadimprovements and campusadditions to handle anincrease to 8,000 employ-ees – about the number thatwould be in Verona afterCampus 4 and 5 are built –and the study considers thepotential of 11,000.Major improvementsrecommended in the studyinclude two new signal-ized intersections on afour-lane replacement forNine Mound Road, newofframps for all of thecompany’s parking garag-es, added turn lanes almosteverywhere and extra lanesalong Northern LightsRoad.The city has already tak-en steps to address sometraffic issues near the com-pany’s campus. The cityhired AECOM last week todesign a second lane on theU.S. Hwy. 18-151 offrampthat feeds onto Epic Laneand continues to North-ern Lights. A third lane on18-151 from Epic Lane toHwy. 69 is included as partof the recommendations inthe traffic study.The Common Council isexpected to review the traf-fic impact analysis at itsApril 22 meeting.Burns said informationabout the results could beposted to the city’s web-site, ci.verona.wi.us, asearly as this week.
If you go
Epic traffic impactanalysis meeting
6:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 23
Verona CityCenter, 111 Lincoln St.
Area graduation rates
High school 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08
Stoughton 97.7% 98.8% 99.3% 96.7% 93.9%Oregon 95.5% 95.4% 91.5% 95.6% 89.9%McFarland 95.6% 92.1% 93.2% 92.5% 92.9%Middleton 97.3% 93.6% 93.1% 92.7% 92.1%Verona 94.0% 94.8%* 96.6% 96.3% 94.5%
– Department o Public Instruction
Numbers represent the “legacy rate” for graduation, or percentage ofstudents who graduate by age 21.* Correct figure provided by VASD. It differs from DPI’s figure due to adata-entry error.
City of Verona
Plan: More community parkswill be needed as city grows
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As Verona continues togrow, it will be in need of alarger community park and afew neighborhood parks.A sparsely-attended pub-lic meeting last Wednesdaydrew little public commentbut gave a few residents abetter idea of where parksmight be planned in thefuture, and what sort of needs the city has in regardsto open space.Jim Brickner, a consul-tant with JSD ProfessionalServices, noted the study’sfindings that the city is abovethe national average for park-land areas, but that continuedgrowth would put the cityin need of a large commu-nity park, as well as severalsmall, planned neighborhoodparks. The company is work-ing with the Parks Commis-sion on a new five-year plan.Community parks providelarge, open spaces for sportsfields and other recreationsuch as splashpads. Theseparks are larger than the typi-cal three- or four-acre neigh-borhood park that has someplayground equipment.Brickner said Verona’sproximity to areas like Red-dan Soccer Park, BadgerPrairie County Park andDNR lands near the SugarRiver gives residents accessto ample parkland. However,since those areas are con-trolled by other governmen-tal agencies, they don’t countas land residents always haveaccess to. For example, thelarge cyclocross champion-ship at Badger Prairie keptresidents from using that areafor other recreation.The city has about 7.6acres of community parklandper 1,000 residents. That’sshort of the city’s standardof 12 acres per 1,000 people.According to park plan cal-culations, the city will beshort about 55 acres of com-munity parkland by 2017,assuming no new commu-nity parks are built. That gapincreases even more as popu-lation projections increase.Brickner said long-rangeprojections also call for aboutnine or 10 new neighborhoodparks as the city grows.
In addition to park areas,the meeting also touchedbriefly on park facilityneeds. Parks director DaveWalker said the city is on acycle to replace park equip-ment about every 20 yearsin neighborhood parks.Brickner said the city mighthave to consider a shortertimetable for replacement,depending on the desires of the neighborhood.One resident at the meet-ing implored leaders to con-sider building a splash pad.Middleton has had one forseveral years, while Fitch-burg broke ground on a sitelast month.Walker agreed the splashpad park would be a good,cost-friendly addition to thecity, but in the past, resi-dents have preferred largeraquatic facility. That senti-ment showed in a surveyused to prepare the 2013-2017 parks plan. Surveyrespondents ranked “initiateplanning for an aquatic cen-ter” has their No. 1 priority,followed closely by “con-struct a spray park/splashpad.”Parks and Open SpaceCommission members willreview the draft and makechanges at their upcomingApril meeting. Their finalplan will be forwarded tothe city council in late Mayor June, Walker previouslytold the
. Their recom-mendations will be consid-ered by the council as partof the city’s master plan, aswell as for the 2014 munici-pal budget.