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Students head back to school 2 months after tornado

Tuesday was a big day for teachers and students at Country View Elementary School in Verona.

The first day of school was just two months after an EF3 tornado heavily damaged parts of the school.

The Verona School District managed to get the building ready in time for the new school year.

Kids coming back to the school said they were excited for the new playground, while parents were happy the year started on time.

?The timing really worked. If it was going to get hit by a tornado, it was good timing. (Crews) had the whole summer to get it done, so it went along smoothly and quickly,? said Shannon Page, a Country View Elementary School parent.

"I don't know much about the efforts to get it done. I just know it was pretty good that they got it done as quick as they did," said James Blanchard, another Country View Elementary School parent.

The school suffered an estimated $3-$4 million in damage in the June storm.

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9/11 exhibit makes 1-day stop in Verona

A traveling 9/11 exhibit will be on display for one day at the Verona Public Library Sept. 8.

The exhibit, 9/11 Never Forget, was created by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as a tribute to all those who sacrificed on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a release. It also educates visitors on the historic events of the day.

The memorial provides interactive education, including artifacts, news and video recordings, and live tours from Fire Department city of New York heroes who were eyewitnesses to the events of 9/11, according to the release.

The foundation?s goal is to bring a similar experience as the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York to the public, organizers said.

The exhibit is mounted in a state-of-the-art expandable semitrailer and serves as walk-through mini-museum, according to the release.

Construction on Hwy. 69 to begin

The state Department of Transportation will begin fixing one of the area’s biggest problem roads in September.

The work is scheduled to begin Sept. 2, as Payne and Dolan will begin the construction of Hwy. 69 between Verona and Belleville... Read More

Admin trio gets fresh start at VAHS

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... Read More

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VASD: Drake brings high school experience to VAIS

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... Read More

Lecturer to discuss 21st century classroom at free event

An event next week will bring a lecturer to the Performing Arts Center to talk about contemporary education.

Lecturer at Chaminade University, a private college in Hawaii, and past college administrator Jeff Borden will speak Thursday at Verona High School about the 21st century classroom.

The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Organizers said Borden will talk about what 21st century skills and learning mean, and he'll explain how to create an eco-system of creativity, innovation, leadership, collaboration, and common sense for today's students.

Visit www.verona.k12.wi.us for more information. 

Giving more than groceries

Last Thursday, the Wisconsin Grocers Association surprised Carl Miller with a community service award in an informal ceremony at the back of his grocery store, the long-standing Verona institution known as Miller and Sons Supermarket.

The small, brief ceremony – with fewer than 10 attendees – was just how Miller preferred it... Read More