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Starting this fall,District 833's high schools will give students who take advanced classes grades 20 percent higher than they could earn in traditional classes if a proposal is approved by the school board Aug.
Building a wind turbine to generate energy for East Ridge High School was just "a good idea" when officials from School District 833 and the city of Woodbury first discussed it last winter. It appears that the "good idea" will become a reality for the school being built at Pioneer Drive and Bailey Road in Woodbury. District Superintendent Tom Nelson said he met with Woodbury officials on July 17.
School District 833 Superintendent Tom Nelson told school board members last week that the district is in "very good shape" financially. He talked to the board during a retreat held at Throwbacks in Woodbury on July 10 that included the long-term outlook for district funding. Assuming there will be a two-percent increase in education funding from the Legislature each year, the district has unallocated funds to cover revenue shortfalls for the next two to three years, according to a model set up by Aaron Bushberger, district finance director. The projection, however, shows the district using
A Newport man was charged July 2 for allegedly burglarizing a home, breaking into a business and stealing from a construction site. John Matthew O'Rourke, 40, faces charges for three separate incidents that occurred from August to November of last year. According to one court complaint, O'Rourke admitted to police that he broke into Team Technology in Woodbury in August of 2007 and stole laptop computers and a printer.
Raw natural gas ignited Thursday night in a steam generator at Cogentrix energy plant in Cottage Grove, causing residents as far away as Woodbury to hear and feel the loud "boom." The noise came at about 10 p.m., police said. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the Heat Recovery Steam Generator, said plant manager Kent Ripplinger. There's no indication that any harmful emissions came from the burst, he said.
In general, School District 833 is strong in math with a 1- percent increase in state test scores, according to Rick Spicuzza, district director of teaching and learning. "Third, fourth and fifth grade students did really well in math," he said. Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test results were released by the Minnesota Department of Education June 30. Reading and math tests were given in April in grades three through eight.
Washington County Court Administration leadership had a layoff plan in place. At the time, Court Administrator Christina Volkers said state budget cuts necessitated cutting staff by 13.5 percent from the department, which had no turnover in the past two years. Thankfully, Volkers said, they never had to follow through on the plan. "They knew this was coming," she said.
By fall 2009, junior highs won't be mini-high schools anymore.
The South Washington County Education Foundation, with the approval of the District 833 School Board, June 19, awarded $11,350 in grants to four district schools. The foundation, started in 1996, raises money from donations and fundraisers. Grants are not awarded for projects not funded by the school district, but to innovative proposals by teachers, according to Patty Bittney Stark, foundation director. Woodbury Junior High School was awarded $2,500 for earth science models and demonstration kits to help eighth grade students visualize earth features and provide hands-on learning, accordin
Rising gas prices are affecting every aspect of society including busing kids to school. The District 833 transportation department projected $800,000 would be spent for diesel and unleaded fuel last year.