Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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The District 833 school board met in a closed session Thursday night, Sept. 21, before the regular meeting to discuss three pieces of property where a new high school could be built. Two sites are in rural Woodbury and one is in Cottage Grove. The sites being considered are: the southeast quadrant of Dale Road and County Road 19, the southwest quadrant of Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive and land along 70th Street in Cottage Grove one-quarter mile east of County Road 19.
School District 833 voters supported all three questions in Tuesday's referendum with a total voter turnout of 12,773 residents. There are 49,000 registered voters in the district, according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for facilities. On Question 1, 57.84 percent approved spending $107 million to build a third high school, make equity improvements to Park and Woodbury high schools, and build two eight-classroom additions onto Grey Cloud Elementary School and Cottage Grove Junior High School.
The Washington County Board recently voted final adoption of the 2003 levy and budget. The $150 million budget is a 3.5 percent increase over 2002's. The levy of $59.5 million represents a 6.7 percent levy increase. According to county officials, the county tax rate for 2003 ranks 86 out of 87 counties.