January 1st, 2014
Advertising Possibilities for Verona Schools
The Verona school board is considering the possibility of getting into the advertising business as a way of helping to deal with the spending and budget cuts that are being made. The question of whether or not the school board should get involved with advertising was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s group meeting, which is when the Superintendent of the Schools, Steven Forte, showed his support for earning revenue in exchange for displaying advertisements within school grounds, including the ball fields and on the school district website. The current school budget is quite shaky, especially since a number of costs have come up early on in the year and many are concerned, including the Board Vice President, Joseph Bellino.
Thousands of dollars are being put toward the lower field of the high school for both football games and marching band practice. There have been a number of safety concerned that are being addressed as well and field repairs need to take place but such repairs are quite costly. The Verona school district, according to Bellino, is dealing with far more bills than it originally expected and is now struggling because of this. Bellino said, “We’re still in the black … but the well is almost dry.” At this point in time, the unforeseen costs were covered by other sources of revenue but there is not much money left for the whole rest of the school year. Forte said, “We can’t take big strides forward with these budgetary constraints.”