District 833 school boundary task force members recommended shuffling a few details in plans for middle school boundaries that would take effect in 2009, at their Feb.
Some Woodbury students could attend Cottage Grove Middle school and Newport Elementary School students could head to Oltman Middle School under plans created by a task force working on a new feeder system for fall of 2009. No matter how the middle school attendance boundary task force worked the numbers, it could not come up with plans for School District 833 to continue using a feeder system developed in 1995.
Beef recently recalled by the USDA was likely served in the Washington County Schools before warning went out, but the district no longer has any of the meat on hand, according to a letter from the Minnesota Department of Education sent to superintendents. No instances of illness have been reported in connection with the Westland beef, according to the letter written by Education Department Deputy Communications Director Christine Dufour. The department believes that 374 schools and organizations likely received the beef, and of those, 120 currently have unused product.
For the third year, there will be no change in class sizes for the 2008-2009 school year, according to District 833 school board action taken at the Jan. 24 board meeting. Classes will stay at 28 students for elementary schools, 30.1 at junior highs and 31.1 at Park and Woodbury high schools. The approved elementary class size does not include lower class sizes in kindergarten through third grades that are funded with state class-size reduction funds, according to Amy Schultz, district finance director.
The District 833 Middle School Attendance Boundary Task Force met Tuesday, Feb.
School District 833 and Woodbury officials discussed the possibility of using the wind to supply power for East Ridge High School at a meeting Jan. 16. The school is under construction at Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive. Jim Bain, district energy management coordinator, said a large wind turbine for the site could cost $1.5 million. District 833 Superintendent Tom Nelson said the decision to move ahead depends on whether the city agrees to use its bonding authority to fund the turbine.
District 833's four junior high schools will become middle schools in fall of 2009, but Oltman Junior High School isn't waiting for an official transformation to get started. The school plans to move forward with the "house" model for seventh-graders next fall. The model subdivides students and teachers into groups, to allow teachers to coordinate with each other. All the district's middle schools will use the model starting in fall of 2009. "Next year will be a good trial run for the changeover," Chris Palmatier, Oltman vice-principal. There will be two seventh-grade houses at Oltman.
The rules on how far students must live from school before they can be bused could change for might students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The District 833 School Board is considering lowering those distances for all students, although the prospects that it will happen for high school students appear dim. Currently, students in grades nine to 12 are bused if they live more than two miles from school for sixth through eighth-graders, it's 1.5 miles.
More than 200 people attended the District 833 Oversight Committee meeting Jan. 15 to review three plans to redraw attendance boundaries for School District 833 elementary schools. Most parents said they didn't want their children to change schools. Only the south half of the Stonemill Farms subdivision in Woodbury wants to move. Under two of the three plans, 72 children from the south half of Stonemill Farms, now attending Bailey Elementary School, would move to Liberty Ridge Elementary School.
When East Ridge High School opens in the fall of 2009, there will be no seniors if the District 833 school board approves the recommendation at its Jan. 24 meeting. East Ridge Principal Aaron Harper, Park High School Principal Efe Agbamu, Woodbury High School Principal Linda Plante and assistant superintendent for secondary education Randy Zipf brought the proposal to the board on Thursday, Jan. 10. Students would not be allowed to transfer to a high school other than the one they are assigned to for one year, according to the recommendation.