The Verona Board of Education meets tonight, Tuesday, August 28, in the
library at Verona High School. This could be your chance to hear what kind of chaperone policy the BOE will be creating for school trips and whether Verona will be playing home football games on Sellitto Field this fall. (UPDATE: Tonight’s meeting will be in the VHS cafeteria).
Chaperones became an issue in Verona schools after an overnight trip by the fifth grade to Camp Bernie in May. During the trip parent chaperones violated the trip food policy, failed to supervise children who needed to use the restrooms, left their assigned cabins to sleep in their cars, made campfires in and around sleeping cabins and held a private party, which allegedly included alcohol. A student in an under-supervised cabin had an asthma attack, which required medical attention. The code of conduct policy in effect at the time of the trip only covered students, whose behavior was not an issue at Camp Bernie.
The BOE will also likely be talking about the condition of the upper field at VHS, which is used for home football games. Last week, during football practice, a hole opened up in the field that may have been an old well shaft. The hole has been filled, but it remains to be determined whether the field is playable. In 2002, a sinkhole formed on the field during a football game with Immaculate Conception High School. The game had to be stopped, and the rest of VHS’ home games had to be played at Linn Drive that season.
The BOE meeting begins at 8 p.m. and it is open to the public.