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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Marty Willenbring was diagnosed with colon cancer more than 20 years ago. He survived another bout and then two occurrences of urinary and kidney cancer. He wanted to claim his purple T-shirt and participate in the survivors' walk at the Relay for Life of South Washington County Friday and Saturday at East Ridge High School. "It's important and it's also a way to escape the monotony," Marty said, a bit tired after completing two laps around the track. Willenbring's wife, Kathy, said her husband is facing another surgery on his other kidney.
The District 833 School Board members are set to make a decision this week on school start and end times for next year, but after a recent workshop they still had not reached a consensus on a new start time plan or on whether to charge bus fees for the district's choice programs and extend walking distances for secondary students. They agreed, however, to take a separate vote on each proposal when they meet Thursday, May 24, to put together a plan to balance the district's transportation budget and end the use of reserve funds to erase deficits. Supe
All School District 833 classroom teachers will soon get new laptop computers to replace outdated desktop computers. The purchase, for about 1,200 teachers, will be made all at once, instead of replacing the desktop computers on a staged basis, according to Andrew Baldwin, district director or technology.
School lunch prices are going up slightly this fall, but if it were up to one District 833 School Board member and Nutrition Services staff, prices would remain the same. The district receives $2.77 per meal from the federal government for students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches, approximately 20 percent of the district's roughly 17,000 students. But the distribution rules changed under the federal 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The subsidy is $1.07 per meal above the actual cost of an elementary school lunch, according to Barb Osthus, director of Nutrition Services. The f
The District 833 School Board members are set to make a decision this week on school start and end times for next year, but after a recent workshop they still had not reached a consensus on a new start time plan or on whether to charge bus fees for the district's choice programs and extend walking distances for secondary students. They agreed, however, to take a separate vote on each proposal when they meet Thursday, May 24, to put together a plan to balance the district's transportation budget and end the use of reserve funds to erase deficits. Superintendent Mark Porter said another part o
April was "asparagus month" in School District 833 lunchrooms - really. The Nutrition Services department served the green spears topped with parmesan cheese in an effort to increase student interest in eating more fruits and vegetables. Conner Nelson, Grey Cloud Elementary School third-grader, liked the asparagus but his classmate, Robyn Witikko, wrinkling up her nose, said she didn't like it. Foods of the month are not new to the distric
Keith Jacobus is expected to be the next South Washington County Schools superintendent. In a unanimous first-ballot vote, the District 833 School Board voted late Wednesday night to enter into contract negotiations with Jacobus. Jacobus, 54, is an assistant superintendent in the Osseo Area School District in the western Twin Cities suburbs. Jacobus toured the district on Tuesday, met with staff members and the public and was interviewed by the board Tuesday night. On Wednesday, fellow superintendent Lolli Haws, of Washington, D.C., had a similar visit and interview. The board met followi
After talking with Woodbury and Park high school students during his tour of School District 833 facilities on Tuesday, superintendent finalist Keith Jacobus said he found them sophisticated in addition to being optimistic about their futures. At the end of the day, Jacobus, of one two finalists, talked for about 45 minutes at East Ridge High School with district employees.
After six hours of interviews, the District 833 School Board narrowed the field of superintendent candidates to two late Saturday afternoon. Keith Jacobus, an Osseo Area School District assistant superintendent, will tour the South Washington County School District and meet with various groups on Tuesday before a final interview with the board at 7:30 p.m. in the large group room at East Ridge High School. The public can ask him questions at 5 p.m. in the large group room. Lolli Haws, instructional superintendent of District of Columbia Schools in Washington D.C.
The District 833 School Board was presented with eight candidates for superintendent Tuesday night - and booked all of them for interviews this Saturday. The candidates come from as close as Inver Grove Heights and as far as Washington state, suburban Texas and Washington, D.C. None of the semifinalists are from the South Washington County School District, but one is a former Oltman Middle School assistant principal. The School Board will interview each candidate during an all-day session beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.