Verona School Board lauds AP program success, debates new football coach hire, and bids farewell to long-standing member

During the recent Verona School Board meeting, major emphasis was placed on the success of Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Verona High School, with increased participation and improved results highlighted. The potential appointment of a new football coach sparked discussion, while heartfelt thanks and recognition were given to Lisa Freschi, a seasoned board member, marking her departure.

The meeting’s focal point was the celebration of the AP program’s success. The board noted a significant rise in AP course participation, with 278 students enrolled in the past school year, a considerable increase from 82 students in 2009. This means nearly half of Verona High School students are now enrolled in AP courses. The board commended the students’ dedication and the effectiveness of the program. The board also celebrated the school’s recognition as an AP School with Honorable Recognition and the achievement of 85 AP Scholars.

An analysis of average AP scores in specific subjects was also presented, with biology, chemistry, computer science principles, AP English and Lang, and AP Lit being in focus. Teachers Dr. Webbe (chemistry) and Miss Russell (computer science principles) were commended for their role in maintaining high average scores. The board also recognized the strong performance in AP Human Geography and AP US History.

The meeting also spotlighted the achievements of Dr. Meyer, who had taught the AP course since 1999 and was retiring. Additionally, the board examined the school’s performance on the PSAT, which predicted the students’ success in various courses, further underscoring the influence of teachers on students’ achievements in AP courses.

A issue at the meeting was the potential appointment of a new football coach. A junior student, Marco Goro, passionately advocated for retaining Coach Wo, emphasizing his positive influence on students and the strong bonds he fosters among the team. This sparked a discussion among board members about the future direction of the football program. Board member Diana Ferrera suggested involving students in the interview process.

The meeting was also marked by a poignant farewell to Lisa Freschi, a long-standing board member who had served for nine years. Several board members and community members, including Superintendent Diane DiGiuseppe and board members Denise Verzella and Pamela Priscoe, expressed their appreciation for Freschi’s leadership and commitment to the students’ best interests.

In other matters, Ray Arelli from The Firm niss of AIA presented the 2022-2023 audit report, highlighting positive results in local revenues and state aid. Superintendent Diane DiGiuseppe reviewed standard operating procedures and the results of the recent audit, emphasizing the importance of proper oversight and accounting. The board also approved the New Jersey QAC District Performance Review for 2022-23.

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Superintendent:
Diane DiGiuseppe
School Board Officials:
Pamela Priscoe, Diana Ferrera, Lisa Freschi, Christopher Wacha, Denise Verzella

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