Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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A recent attendance boundary vote not only split District 833 School Board members but also divided more than a dozen candidates for the school board in this fall's election. The board's decision last month to establish new boundaries for its four middle schools proved the one topic that most differentiated candidates in a recent election forum. Fanned across the boardroom dais and a second table, 14 candidates fielded questions about their strengths and priorities, district finances and the fall referendum in a Sept. 26 League of Women Voters forum.
Police are asking for the public's help to find a vulnerable Hastings woman who has not been seen for two days. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her home about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, and had not been seen or heard from since then. She has cognitive and developmental delays, the BCA said. Olson has a history of being away from home for periods of time, but authorities are more concerned because she has not communicated with family or friends. Her cellphone appears to be turned off, and she is without her medication.
Encore Wind Ensemble, a community musical organization performing masterworks for concert band throughout the Twin Cities, will perform this weekend in Woodbury. The ensemble has a concert scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive.
Bailey Elementary School has joined select company. Bailey was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, an honor recognizing overall academic excellence or progress toward closing achievement gaps among student groups. Only 342 schools across the country earned the designation this year.
When Kowalski's Market opened in Woodbury in 2000, among its eye-catching features were specialty offerings such as order-to-go meals and a high-end oil and vinegar station. While some of the early items are no longer offered, others are in their place. That is part of the store's success, Kowalski's leaders say: It has established a niche and reputation for high-quality products, but it adapts to shifting consumer preferences and grocery trends. "It's just so crazy how much has changed and evolved," said Laurie Bell, Kowalski's marketing manager.
An encore screening of the independent, Woodbury-made film “My Senior Year” is planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Woodbury 10 Theatre. The film was written, directed and produced in 2014 by Woodbury High School graduate Joe Carlini, who now lives in Los Angeles. Carlini, who has won two Emmy Awards and has been nominated six times, will be in Woodbury for the screening. Cast and crew members also will attend.
I want to talk about public education because I support public education. This came when I was in a bad school district growing up that pushed me from school to school. My mom tried to get me into the private school my sisters attended, but the school refused as apparently I did not fit their "one-child-fits-all" philosophy. The savior was open-enrollment into a nearby school district, which I am thankful for every day.
Middle school boundaries for nearly 1,000 students will change next year after the South Washington County School Board selected a new, administrative-drawn attendance map over an alternative preferred by some parents. The changes affect an estimated 997 students who will be redirected from one middle school to another beginning in fall 2018 as the district attempts to spread the grades 6-8 student population evenly across four buildings and plan for future residential development that is expected to increase enrollment.
Back-to-school time is here, and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of our students, families, teachers and school staff a wonderful school year. Here in south Washington County we are blessed to have world-class educators, great parents and outstanding school staff and volunteers dedicated to helping students prepare for bright and successful futures. You all are part of what makes Woodbury such a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
South Washington County Schools is building on its 50-plus years in Woodbury by looking to the future of education. Some changes are happening quickly — prompted in part by advancements in technology and shaped by new views on how best students can use it — while other efforts are years-long initiatives that administrators believe will positively change education.