At their final meeting held March 25, District 833's High School Attendance Boundary Task Force members decided to send three high school plans to the school board without attaching them to their elementary and middle school plan counterparts. They also considered revisions suggested by an oversight committee that met March 18 and decided to make one change. In the red plan, they agreed students in the Wedgewood North subdivision in Woodbury would go to East Ridge High School and not Woodbury High School. Members debated whether students in Timber Ridge, Oakwood Heights, Gateway North and P
When the Park and Woodbury high school football teams play East Ridge High School's squad during the 2009 football season, they will be seeing red. The Wolfpack and Royals will be meeting the Raptors -- the bird-of-prey mascot approved for East Ridge by the District 833 School Board at its regular meeting, March 20. But the board did not like the proposed predominant school color of navy blue with red and white accents. Navy blue is too close to the Woodbury Royal's predominant color of royal blue, board members said. There is already resentment in Cottage Grove and the south half of the d
The District 833 School Board directive that Park, Woodbury and East Ridge high schools have students from all socio-economic levels in the district is bringing parents and residents of Cottage Grove and St.
The Cottage Grove Courthouse will close July 1 due to a tightening judicial branch budget, said Washington County Court Administrator Christina Volkers. After that, all of the hearings and other Washington County District Court business that took place in Cottage Grove will move to the county government center in Stillwater. An addition is being built in Stillwater to handle the extra load, but that won't be done until 2009.
District 833's High School Attendance Boundary Task Force was scheduled to forward three plans to the oversight committee that met Tuesday, March 18 at Cottage Grove Junior High School. Each plan will be attached to a red, white and blue boundary plan already completed by the elementary and middle school task forces. All high school plans send students in the middle part of the district to East Ridge High School, now under construction in Woodbury. The task force met Tuesday, March 11, to discuss the A1, A2 and B plans and agreed to eliminate the C-plan Changes were discussed and opinions
Facing four maps for attendance boundaries for Woodbury, Park and East Ridge high schools, School District 833's High School Attendance Boundary Task Force was stalemated Tuesday, March 11, at its third meeting. The task force will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the district service center to come up with three plans.
The Middle School Attendance Boundary Task Force responded to parents' concerns by making a few changes to the three possible boundary maps before sending them on to the High School Attendance Boundary Task Force last Tuesday. The task force received written comments on all three plans, mostly from parents in Woodbury who said they would be negatively affected by boundary changes.
The High School Attendance Boundary Task Force started its work Tuesday, by declining an administrator's offer to draw up some possible boundary maps members could work from. If the task force starts the process with choices generated by the district, there could be a public perception that the result is "just what the district gave us," said Rob Bach, task force member and Park High School assistant principal. The task force is charged with creating three new boundary plans for high schools to join the Red, White and Blue plans already created by elementary and middle school task forces. T
The District 833 School Board has rejected next year's school calendar because three board members don't want winter break to begin on Christmas Eve. At the Feb. 21 meeting, board members Denise Kapler, Leslee Boyd and Marsha Adou voted against with members Ron Kath, Tracy Brunnette and Ellen Ayers voting in favor. With board member Jim Gelbmann absent due to his job at the Legislature, the vote was tied at 3-3. A tie vote means the measure fails, Kath said.
To keep the cost down of reducing school walking distances, the District 833 School Board voted to add a start time when a schedule change goes into effect in the fall of 2009. Current walking distances for kindergarten to sixth-grade is one mile, which, if not changed, would require busing sixth-graders to middle schools. Now, high schools and junior high students are bused if they live more than two miles from school but that will change to 1.5 miles. School start times have not been set.