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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Afton's staff is being rewarded for its hard work. Afton City Council approved pay increases for all staff during its meeting on March 15. Office Assistant Deb Meade, Public Works Director Ken Johnson and all seasonal staff received 2 percent pay increases. City Administration Ron Moorse received a 4.5 percent pay increase. City Clerk Kim Swanson Linner received a 7 percent increase after City Council decided to restructure her position from deputy clerk to city clerk.
Now that District 834's new elementary school, to be located in Woodbury, is becoming a reality, it's time for figure out what students will help fill the school. District 834 School Board reviewed four attendance boundary proposals during its March 10 meeting. District 834 is tasked with redrawing its attendance boundaries in order to fill its new school in addition to finding new schools for students currently enrolled at Withrow, Marine and Oak Park elementary schools, which School Board voted to close earlier this month.
For some students at Woodbury High School weekdays begin as early as 7 a.m. and those with afternoon activities might not get home until well into the evening. For students who spend more than 12 hours at the school, finding something to reenergize them in the afternoon is a must, which is where the District 833 After Burner program comes in. After Burner, which is offered through District 833 Nutrition Services, allows students to purchase healthy snacks and light meals in the cafeteria after school from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Woodbury resident Maria Rella left Cuba when she was 10 years old and didn't look back. Until now that is. "I don't have joyful memories of Cuba, so I blocked everything out because there was nothing to remember that was good," she said. But I've always wanted to go back because I'm a family person, so I wanted to reconnect with my family, and I also wanted to see more of the island where I was born." Rella, who works as the office manager at Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, traveled to Cuba Feb. 8-23. Growing up in Cuba
For Woodbury High School biology teacher Kaarin Schumacher being a teacher isn’t just about education, it’s about relationships and memories. “Biology is not the most important thing I want my...
Woodbury will officially be home to Brookview Elementary. District 834 School Board unanimously approved Brookview Elementary as the name of its new elementary school, which will be located in Woodbury,...
There’s no debate about it, East Ridge High School juniors Kevin Bi, Bradley Cho and Alicia Zhang will find themselves in some elite company this spring. Bi, Cho and Zhang,...
Lake Middle School was a place for superheroes last week. District 833 Community Education held an Incredible Super Family event at the school on Friday, March 11. During the event...
All of Afton's residents will officially be online this fall. Afton City Council gave final approval to a citywide high-speed Internet buildout during its March 15 meeting. "Great job Stan," said Mayor Dick Bend, referring to Council Member Stan Ross, who not only founded the city's High-Speed Internet Committee but also worked tirelessly to move the project forward. Many of Afton's residents have poor, or no, Internet connectivity.
Afton City Council has decided to use Kim Swanson Linner, the deputy clerk, to her full expertise. City Council voted to restructure Swanson Linner's position from deputy clerk to city clerk during its March 15 meeting. In addition to a title change, the restructuring also includes increased duties and a pay increase. Swanson Linner will work 32 hours a week at a rate of $25.40 per hour, which is a pay increase of 7 percent. "With this her superior skills could be put to a better use," Mayor Dick Bend said.