A budget of $141.6 million for 2008-2009 was approved, June 19, by the District 833 School Board, a 1.45 percent increase over this year. A previous request of $55,000 from the district's general fund to partially support community education youth programs was withdrawn from the final budget. Youth programs will not be affected by the action, said Ernie Pines, community education director at the June 5 meeting because the money will come from community education's budget. At a June 5 workshop meeting, the board was split on support for the proposal with board member Jim Gelbmann absent.
Everyone who works with her thinks she is a great person who is dedicated to her job as a School District 833 bus driver. When John Holzinger, school safety chair for Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752, asked which driver deserves to be honored for his or her service, transportation officials unanimously said "Cathy Miller." A district bus driver for 31 years, Miller, who drives students with special needs, walked into the lunchroom at the district's transportation center on Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove June 5, as if it were just another day. She was surprised to see all her co-workers wait
School District 833 is increasing its ties to the business community with an expanded role with 3M. The company is donating $10,000 for a Science Partnership Coordinator who will increase access to 3M resources, promote professional development and develop a science resource clearing house. Jim Stufko, recent 3M retiree, will fill the role and be available on site at Woodbury and Park high schools, according to a presentation at the May 22 school board meeting. Company staff recognized for the efforts on behalf of district students include Barbara Kaufmann, education manager; Vickie Batroot
School District 833 is taking another look at a policy regarding checking employees' backgrounds for criminal activities. It includes volunteer coaches, some of whom are paid by booster organizations. District attorney Mark Porter said it is current district policy to do background checks on volunteer coaches who are considered to be part of team management.
Fees for some School District Community Education programs will rise next year, according the to budget presented by Director Ernie Pines and approved by the school board on May 22. Kids Club fees for after-school and before-school programs will increase $2 per day, School Readiness programs by $5 per month and the price of a series of swimming lessons will go up $3. The Kids Club increases are based on increased participation and strong growth in the program, Pines said. Fees for the Kindergarten Plus program will go from $14 to $15 a day.
I've been to more high school graduations than, well, anyone I can think of. During the month before graduation, I think about how much I will miss seeing the seniors I have gotten to know. Some tell me that I took their pictures when they were in elementary school and I never get tired of hearing it. Tears come to my eyes when I think about my photographs being a part of their lives forever. It's an awesome realization. This year's seniors have specific plans for their futures and I'm very glad to hear that most of them include college. They are smart, too.
Over the past 25 years, America's number of nonacademic science and engineering jobs has increased 159 percent and with an aging workforce nearing retirement, more jobs will open up, according to District 833 curriculum advisers. To better prepare students for additional schooling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the district is testing out new science courses this fall at Woodbury and Oltman junior high schools. The new Gateway to Technology courses, approved by the school board Feb.
After months of discussion about the new school boundaries that will take effect in fall of 2009, the District 833 School Board chose the blue plan and plan C April 24. In the blue plan, the boundary for Liberty Ridge Elementary School at the eastern edge of the district will change.
District 833 parents supporting Red and White plans for elementary and middle school attendance boundaries showed up in force at the second of four hearings before school board members on Tuesday, April 15, at Woodbury Junior High School. Woodbury parents from Stonemill Farms and Bailey's Arbor who support the Red Plan dominated the hearing, along with those living in Brighton's Landing who want the board to pick the White Plan. More than 100 people attended the hearing but none spoke on behalf of the Blue Plan. The three plans, along with three others for high school boundaries, were devel