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Thursday, February 20, 2014 Vol. 48, No. 39 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
 Verona Press
 Nobody knows Veronalike Bartels
Coldwell Banker Success Kathy Bartels
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Verona Area School District
Citizen group will aim to reshape district
 Will consider locations, charters, ‘equalizing’ policy
Unified Newspaper Group 
Building a new school (or two) brings about plenty of questions for a school district, from where and when to build to how to realign attendance boundaries.In the Verona Area School District, the school board and superintendent Dean Gorrell are hoping to have community members help them in answering those questions, while also tackling a more philosoph-ical one.The district is look-ing for 12 to 15 citizens to join elected officials in that discussion. It opened applications on its website last Thursday, and it had 13 applicants by the end of Friday.They’ll be looking at the big picture surrounding the need to build up to two new schools within the next decade as a result of tightening space through-out the district. The first likely would be built with-in the next three to five years.The committee, which was first discussed at a special board meeting in December to talk about expansion, is officially
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Mark Ignatowski
Hwy. 69 is in rough shape due to a severe winter. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will spend between $2 and $3 million to resurface the road this fall.
Rough roads
Poor conditions lead state to move up schedule of repairs
Unified Newspaper Group 
Wisconsin is sometimes said to have two seasons – winter and road construction. The two are intrinsically linked, as winter takes a serious toll on roads.This winter has been especially hard on main thoroughfares like Hwy. PD in Fitchburg and Hwy. 69  just south of Verona.The conditions along Hwy. 69 have been bad enough to get the state to move up a planned reconstruction proj-ect to this coming fall.According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transporta-tion, the state will spend between $2 and $3 million to fix up to eight miles of buck-led pavement. The resurfac-ing project was planned for 2016, but will be done later this year because the road is rapidly deteriorating. This winter’s prolonged periods of subzero tem-peratures have caused frost to penetrate deep into the ground.“Currently moisture is freezing in the soil beneath the roadway, causing an upward expansion resulting in the pavement heaving or tenting,” the WisDOT said in a news release Friday. “In most cases, the pavement settles once the weather warms up in the spring.”Still, the WisDOT plans
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Charter interest drops for 2014-15
Kindergarten applicants 34 fewer  than last year
Unified Newspaper Group 
The three elementary charter schools received much less interest for the 2014-15 school year than last year for incoming kin-dergarten spots.Last Friday was the deadline for parents to apply to send their kids to one of the district’s three elementary charter schools – New Century School, Core Knowledge Charter School and Verona Area International School – and the number of requests for kindergarten spots as of Tuesday was at 69, well below the 103 requests for last year.
Unified Newspaper Group adds Fitchburg Star
Unified Newspaper Group, the publisher of the Verona Press, has added a new print publication to its stable of community news-papers.The Fitchburg Star is a new, independent newspa-per covering Fitchburg and a companion to the exist-ing ConnectFitchburg.com website. It will take the place of the city newsletter that preceded it, the Fitch-burg Update, and it begins with a monthly publishing schedule.In its ini-tial year, it will be mailed free to every household and business in the city in a coop-erative effort with the City of Fitchburg. City leaders, community groups, and former readers and adver-tisers have been pushing to regain an independent editorial voice in the community ever since the previ-ous version of the Star ceased pub-lication in September 2009. Eventually, the Fitchburg Star will transition to a subscriber-based weekly model for long-term sta-bility, but its contract with the city runs through 2014, comprising 10 monthly issues of the Fitchburg Star, each delivered to more than 12,600 businesses and resi-dents. It will be published the second Friday of each month.Other than this unusual
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February 20, 2014
 The Verona PressConnectVerona.com
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Mike has been in the banking arena for 33 years, joining Capitol Bank in October 2005, and taking a key role in the opening of our Verona office. Mike’s commitment to area  businesses’ growth and success has helped to form strong banking relationships. His customers have come to depend on him and he will be greatly missed!One of Mike’s favorite pastimes is traveling up  North to enjoy the beautiful state of Wisconsin, and now he can do it more often!
Join us in thanking Mike for his hard work and dedication.
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Fire/EMS station
Open house set for Tuesday
The city will host an open house next week to give people a look at what a new fire and EMS station could look like.The open house is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the current Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln St.Residents can weigh in on the conceptual design of the station. As it stands now, the station would be about 40,000 square feet over two floors with liv-ing quarters and equipment bays for fire and Fitchrona EMS members.The current station, built in 1974, is about 12,000 square feet with office and training space.“Residents are invited to stop in anytime dur-ing the open house to view the design concepts, talk with the architect, and ask questions about the plans,” the city’s news release said. The city is working with Five Bugles Design to develop a new fire sta-tion. This station would be located just north of the current fire station on the same parcel of land at the corner of Lincoln Street and East Verona Avenue.“Detailed design develop-ment will continue through the spring with the goal of having a project that is ready to bid by late spring with construction starting by mid-2014,” according to the news release.
 – Mark Ignatowski
If you go
 Fire station design open house
 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
 Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln St.
VAHS students win awards at Model UN conference
Unified Newspaper Group 
As the Olympic Games in Russia come to a close, a group of 30 Verona Area High School students could probably tell you more about the host country’s national and foreign poli-cies than anything you’ll learn about an athlete com-peting at the games.The students are part of the school’s Model United Nations club, led by social studies teacher Jason Knoll, and recently took home nine awards at the Model United Nations of the Uni-versity of Chicago confer-ence to cap a successful year.The students played the role of Russia at the confer-ence, a “very difficult coun-try to represent,” Knoll said in an email.He said that’s because of the country’s often con-flicting views with Western industrialized nations.The Feb. 6-9 conference had around 2,500 student participants and was only the second the group attended this year. Because of the cost, it will also be the last for the season.Students spent two hours per week before school pre-paring for the conference, with another four to six out-side of school as the confer-ence date approached.Senior Shahan Zaman, who is one of the team’s captains, called his experi-ence in the group “amaz-ing” since he joined his sophomore year, saying he improved his public speak-ing, writing, critical think-ing and communication skills, among others.“(I learned) how the world works,” Zaman said. “I never really had that full cohesive knowledge of it.”On top of that learn-ing, many students said the group’s “family atmo-sphere” stands out among teams from other schools at the conferences that are often more well-funded and attend more conferences than Verona.But beating those schools, such as one that attends nearly 10 confer-ences each year, brings a lot of excitement for the stu-dents.“A lot of us are in it for the educational part, but winning awards on top of it is great,” Zaman said. “It  just feels good to see people on my team successful.”Verona students who received awards were: (Verbal Recognition) Bea Kealy and Zoe Shaw, Com-mission on the Status of Women; Claire Van Fos-sen and Leah Hollar, UN High Commission for Refu-gees; (Honorable Mention) Sydney DeMets and Noah Roberts, Disarmament and International Security Com-mittee; Jen Wagman, South African Cabinet, 1994; Kia Godfriaux, World Cities Summit; (Outstanding Del-egation) Conlin Bass, Com-monwealth of Independent States, 1992; Jack Childers and Zaman, Historical Security Council, 1980; Taylor Weigel, Interpol; and Riley Grittinger and Nick Hansen, Legal.
VAHS students Bea Kealy and Zoe Shaw work with other delegates in their committee at the February conference.
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Verona Area High School’s Model UN team took on the role of the Russian Federation at its trip to the Universiy of Chicago this month.
Rendering courtesy
Five Bugles Design
A three-dimensional rendering of the proposed fire station shows a much larger building – nearly 40,000 square feet of floor space on two levels -- that would face East Verona Avenue and include ample windows and a showroom spot for the department’s antique tractor.
to repair this stretch of Hwy. 69 in the fall. The resurfacing “partially addresses the issues” the WisDOT said, but a full reconstruction is still planned for 2019.Hwy. 69 is not the only bumpy ride drivers have had this time of year. Town of Verona administra-tor Amanda Arnold said the town has gotten a few calls about Range Trail this year. Arnold said the road is on the town’s list of repair projects this year. Nearby roads – like Hwy. PD in Fitchburg – have also been a problem for cars. The road is owned by Dane County, but is considered to be a major thoroughfare for the City of Fitchburg. Dane County has offered to repair the road this year and trans-fer jurisdiction to the city for future repairs and maintenance. The city has been reluctant to take the county’s offer, saying the road is a county issue.While the county has negotiated deals in the past – Hwy. M north of Verona, for example – oth-er municipalities haven’t agreed to take over county roads. In Oregon, Janes-ville Street is one of the city’s major thoroughfares. It’s also County Hwy. MM. Oregon Public Works direc-tor Mark Below has advised the village to not take juris-dictional transfers because the cost of maintenance and repair is often too much for the municipality.
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‘In most cases, the pavement settles once the weather  warms up in the spring.’
Wisconsin DOT 
February 20, 2014
 The Verona PressConnectVerona.com
City of Verona
Water utility asks customers to monitor water pipes
With the subzero tem-peratures this winter, the City of Verona Water Utility is requesting that all customers immedi-ately begin monitoring the temperature of the water entering their homes and businesses. “This winter’s abnor-mally cold weather has driven the frost to unusual depths, and it is possible that water service pipes may freeze,” the city said in a news release.Residents should take temperature readings at a cold water faucet clos-est to their water meter. Readings should be taken for 30 seconds while the cold water is flowing. If the reading is below 35 degrees, residents should call the water utility at 845-6695.The city said that cus-tomers who don’t use a lot of water are at risk for fro-zen pipes.“This includes cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets,” the city said. “Also, if you are planning on an extend-ed vacation resulting in little water consumption, we recommend that you contact the Water Utility.”In order to keep pipes from freezing, customer might have to run water continually in a pencil-sized stream. Customers won’t be charged for the additional water usage.
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School’s not out
Employees from the city’s public works department prepare to dig to a water main that broke outside Verona Area High School’s K-wing on Friday morning. School continued on as normal, however, with workers digging up an extra route into the back of the school building so students could avoid all the new ice. The K-Wing houses the Exploration Academy and a number of high school classes.Exploration Academy director Mike Murphy said water was restored by noon, so the only disruption to the day was students and staff hav-ing to use bathrooms in the main building for the morning.
Verona Area School District
Graduation requirements changing to match state
Board also adjusts hiring policies
Unified Newspaper Group 
The Verona Area School Board is consider-ing changing graduation requirements for the dis-trict’s high school to come in line with state require-ments.Recent changes to state law require three science and three mathematics credits to graduate from high school, while the cur-rent VASD policy only requires two for each sub- ject.The change would not affect students graduating in 2014-16, but begin with the current freshman class.VASD director of instruction Donna Behn said more than 85 per-cent of students already complete the new level of requirements, so they do not expect it to have major impact.The total number of credits required also would also rise from 22.5 to 23.5, with the required elective credits dropping from 9.5 to 8.5.
Hiring policies
The board also discussed at its Monday meeting a change to the staff recruit-ment and hiring policy aimed to “get a diverse pool of qualified candi-dates,” VASD director of human resources Jason Olson told the board.“We’re just trying to broaden our tool kit,” he said.The changes would authorize district admin-istrators to use a set of recruitment and retention programs, including high school or college scholar-ships, signing and/or reten-tion bonuses, loan forgive-ness programs and par-tially or fully paid teacher certification programs for VASD support staff.Several board members questioned one of the sug-gestions, giving adminis-trators the option to waive posting requirements for  jobs. Olson described a hypo-thetical situation in which a job would be posted soon but he meets a “superstar” candidate at a job fair and would like to discuss it with the candidate there.“We wouldn’t envision this being an often used tool,” superintendent Dean Gorrell said. “If we don’t have a full toolkit, that’ll put us at a distinct disad-vantage over time relative to others that do.”The board asked Olson to report to the personnel committee any time the requirements are waived as a “check and balance,” and Olson agreed.The board will likely consider a vote on the poli-cies at its March 3 meet-ing.New Century School received the lowest, with  just 10 applications for 21 open spots for incoming kindergartners.The school, which in 2010 had its char-ter changed to become a “green” charter school, focused on environmental lessons, had 21 applicants for 18 open kindergarten slots a year ago.NCS director Jim Ruder said he expects the num-ber to grow in the coming months as the school con-tinues its marketing efforts to incoming VASD parents.He said the new format of reaching out to parents, which had a DVD sent home and offered open houses at each school rather than a single mass meeting with all of the schools pres-ent, likely contributed to the low number.“We didn’t have the same traffic for the open houses,” Ruder said.If the numbers were to stay that low, he said the school would have issues with staff-ing and class size, but they won’t have to worry about that as long as the numbers come up before Sept. 1.Parents can still apply for spots at the schools as long as they are open.He said the school’s site council would meet Tues-day night to form a plan going forward.Verona Area Interna-tional School, entering its fourth year of existence and being a full K-5 school for the first time next year, received 16 applications for its 22 openings at the kindergarten level. That’s a stark contrast from last year’s 38 applications for the same number of spots.Core Knowledge Charter School, however, surpassed its number of openings by three, meaning the district will have to hold a lottery to decide which of the 43 applicants will fill the 40 open spots.Core Knowledge also received 25 applications for grades 6-7 and another 27 for grades 1-5. VAIS received two additional first-grade applicants and NCS had six additional applicants for grades 1-5.The Exploration Acad-emy, the district’s charter high school, is accepting applications through Fri-day, and plans to grow from 60 to 80 students next year, director Mike Murphy said.setup and our initial month-ly frequency, the Star will be similar to the Press and our other commu-nity weekly newspapers, the Oregon Observer and Stoughton Courier Hub. It will feature coverage of city government, business, local sports, features and upcoming events, as well as highlights of our coverage of the Verona Area School District and Oregon School District – both of which include parts of the city – with coverage of all Fitch-burg schools.The previous version of the Fitchburg Star had been published continu-ously in various forms since 1976, well before Fitchburg became a city in 1983. UNG continued to maintain its ConnectFitchburg.com web-site, and the city increased publication of its UNG-produced Fitchburg Update newsletter from quarterly to every two months. City leaders and com-munity groups approached UNG several times since 2009 about publishing a newspaper in Fitchburg, but it was not feasible until UNG proposed the elimi-nation of the Fitchburg Update, meaning the two products would not com-pete for ad revenue. The agreement, which came out of meetings between UNG general man-ager David Enstad, Mayor Shawn Pfaff, Ald. Steve Arnold and city staff, will nearly double the post-age costs to about $30,000 by making the publication monthly. Alders debated the proposal in November and included it in their 2014 budget. The city and UNG have been finalizing details of their contractual arrange-ment in recent weeks. Though the contract could be renewed for all or part of 2015, UNG plans to convert the Star into a sub-scriber-based weekly model like its other newspapers.Details of the timing and manner of that transition have yet to be determined and will depend on inter-est from potential subscrib-ers and advertisers. It’s not clear whether the paper would immediately switch to weekly publication.UNG will produce the Star using the same news-gathering staff, led by editor Jim Ferolie, but will increase coverage all around, includ-ing at local schools. Unified Newspaper Group is part of Woodward Community Media, a divi-sion of Woodward Com-munications Inc., based in Dubuque, Iowa.
 Star will include coverage of Verona schools
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 New Century gets only 10 kindergarten applicants
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