School District 833's two internal candidates for superintendent both said that they are concerned about students' test scores and they think the alternative pay system for teachers has been a success at a public question and answer session last Friday. Rick Spicuzza, assistant superintendent of curriculum and assessment, and Mark Porter, assistant superintendent of human resources and legal services, are both hoping to be selected as superintendent when Tom Nelson, who has headed the district for four years, retires at the end of June. Rick Spicuzza More teachers need to be recruite
The School District 833 committee to study school start times will recommend moving high school start times to at least 40 minutes later in one plan, and one hour and five minutes later in another proposal. However, proposed plans, slated to go to the school board in January have been postponed until February. Meeting since mid-October, the committee heard from experts on adolescent sleep cycles who said, based on University of Minnesota research, that sleep is regulated by melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone, which cause teens to sleep from 11 p.m. to about 8 a.m.
A Cottage Grove man who teaches language arts at Hastings High School has been charged with harassment and interfering with privacy for allegedly peering into a woman's window multiple times over the course of more than a year. Bryce D.
The second span of the Wakota Bridge should be open in July of 2010, a few months earlier than recently stated, a Minnesota Department of Transportation official told legislators at a Minnesota House Commerce and Labor Committee hearing Tuesday. MnDOT Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer Khani Sahebjam said it is impossible to move the project any faster because the bridge is being cast in place.
Crossroads Church holds the grand opening of its new $11 million building at 5900 Woodbury Drive in Woodbury this weekend, but the church already has bigger things in mind. Not size-wise, but it has big ideas of expanding through satellite campuses in other parts of the metro. "There's a real movement of these satellite campuses at churches that are larger -- kind of like what Starbucks does, it's a franchise," said the church's senior pastor Phil Print.
Responding to a survey on school start times, 69 percent of 1,100 parents in School District 833 said high schools should start later in the day. The answers were split as to when the day should start, either at 8 a.m. or at 8:30 a.m. Before responding to the survey, there was a brief summary of research by the University of Minnesota indicating adolescents have natural sleep cycles, due to the chemical melatonin, which make them sleepy around 11 p.m.
District 833 administrators who hold superintendent licensure will get the first chance to apply for the top job. Four district assistant superintendents hold licensure including Randy Zipf, secondary instruction, Linda Rull, elementary instruction, Rick Spicuzza, curriculum and instruction, and Mark Porter, human relations and legal services, and three others, are eligible to apply. If no internal candidates are selected, the district will direct its search firm, School Exec Connect, to look for candidates elsewhere. The District 833 School Board, in a workshop Nov.
School District 833 is revising its list of high school classes for 2009 when East Ridge High School opens and ninth-graders move to high schools. New class proposals include four languages and two social studies classes at Woodbury High School for college credit. The District 833 School Board reviewed a proposed list of new classes and those to be eliminated or changed in a workshop session, Nov.
While other metropolitan school districts are just starting to add equipment to control emissions from diesel school bus engines, School District 833 is already clearing the air. The district, through a grant from the Minnesota Environmental Initiative' Project Green Fleet, got some buses equipped with emission controls in 2003 and again two years ago bringing the total number of equipped buses to 50, according to district transportation director Gary Dechaine. New buses come equipped, he said, and 100 district buses now have controls.
District 833 has already determined that sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will attend middle school next fall. What remains to be decided by the school board is whether they will have eight-period days and a more personalized way of delivering education or continue with the current junior high system. Board members, at a workshop, Oct. 9, were receptive to enthusiastic junior high teachers, specialists and principals who are eager to launch the new education model. The sticking point, when the board meets Oct.