Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Marc Cove Age: 40 Occupation: Banker Residence: Oakdale Family: Married, two sons Civic Involvement: District 622 School Board from 2002-2008, co-president of the Oakdale Business and Professional Organization from 2001-2003, director of the 622 Communities Partnership, co-founder and co-president of Co Action Academic Resources Reasons for running for School Board: Cove said he decided to run because of the many economic challenges facing the district.
Amy Coborn Age: 41 Occupation: Stay at home mom, former elementary school teacher Residence: North St. Paul Family: Married, two sons Civic Involvement: Member of the District 622 Citizens Advisory Committee on Curriculum from 2007-2010 and member of the District 622 Citizens Finance Committee Reasons for running for School Board: Coborn said she decided to run for election to the District 622 School Board because it would be the next step in her involvement with education.
Rich Bennett Age: 54 Occupation: Retired Residence: Maplewood Family: Married, two adult daughters Civic Involvement: Former member of the Maplewood Parks and Recreation Board Reasons for running for School Board: Bennett said he decided to run for election to the District 622 School Board because he has had two daughters go through the district and has been watching the district since the late 1980s.
Four District 834 School Board members -- Natasha Fleischman, Natalie Fedie, Scott Papke and George Hoeppner -- are hoping to continue their work. All four incumbents are running for re-election.
Scott Papke Age: 50 Occupation: District manager for a private food service company Residence: Stillwater Family: Married with two sons Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2006-2010. Reasons for running for School Board: Papke said he decided to run for re-election because of how well the current School Board is working together and the issues they will be facing in the coming year.
Tom Lehmann Age: 49 Occupation: Attorney Residence: West Lakeland Township Family: Married, one son, one daughter Civic Involvement: Involved with St. Croix Valley Athletic Association, serves as the city attorney for the cities of Lilydale, Mendota and Dakota and has served as a lobbyist for the American Legion. Reasons for running for School Board: Lehmann said he decided to run for election to the District 834 School Board because of the effect the School Board has on his two children.
George Hoeppner Age: 62 Occupation: Retired high school teacher for District 834 Residence: Oak Park Heights Family: Married, adult son, adult daughter, six grandchildren. Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2007-2010 Reasons for running for School Board: Hoeppner said he made the decision to run for re-election because of his experience in education and the School Board's ability to work well together. Hoeppner also said stability is important now that the School Board is working on some big issues.
Natasha Fleischman Age: 42 Occupation: Program manager Residence: Lake Elmo Family: Married with two sons Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2006-2010, member of the Washington County Health Improvement Plan committee and a member of the Washington County Workforce Investment Board. Reasons for running for school board: Fleischman said she is running for re-election to the District 834 School Board because she wants to continue to help the district move forward. "We're in a really exciting place right now," she said.
Natalie Fedie Age: 42 Occupation: Senior implementation manager at Govdelivery Residence: West Lakeland Township Family: Married, two sons Civic Involvement: District 834 School Board from 2007-2010, District 834 Policy Committee, District 834 Personnel and Negotiations Committee, representative to Association of Metropolitan School Districts Reasons for running for School Board: Fedie said she decided to run for her second term on the District 834 School Board because the amount of work that still remains to be completed within the sch
A man-eating plant? No, this isn't something out of science fiction; it's the central character for Woodbury High School's fall musical. Woodbury High School will be producing "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens Nov. 4. The musical's plot centers on Seymour Krelborn, a flower shop worker, who comes into contact with a man-eating plant from outer space. The plant promises to make Seymour famous, as long as it is fed. The more blood the plant eats, the larger it grows. WHS first performed the musical 21 years ago. "The show is just a lot of fun," co-director Karen Seashore said.