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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The South Washington County School Board has approved future raises for Superintendent Keith Jacobus, a move that drew criticism for its timing amid a teacher contract dispute. Board members voted 5-0 last Thursday to give Jacobus a 3.5 percent salary increase in the 2016-17 school year and another 3.5 percent increase in 2017-18, the final year of his current three-year contract. Jacobus earns $186,100. He requested his salary be frozen last year as the district faced budget cuts.
Chew on this, parents: Your child's school meals will cost more this fall. South Washington County Schools will increase lunch prices by 30 cents across all grades. Administrators said the price hike is a response to higher food costs, anticipated wage increases and the need to bulk up a meager reserve fund. Increases for the 2016-17 school year break down this way: • Elementary school: $2.30 to $2.60 • Middle school: $2.60 to $2.90 • High school: $2.65 to $2.95
More than a year of negotiations has resulted in a deal for South Washington County Schools to purchase Bailey Nurseries land for the new Oltman Middle School. School District 833 will acquire 57.14 acres in northwest Cottage Grove from Bailey Nurseries for about $5.14 million. South Washington County School Board members approved the purchase in late May. The agricultural land is on the south side of 65th Street east of Geneva Avenue and west of Wildflower Drive, near where areas of Woodbury, Newport, St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove meet.
There is a new, bittersweet chapter to Margie Hafer's love of children and reading.
More than 6,000 homes in the south Washington County were without power as a thunderstorm rolled through the area Tuesday evening.
Washington County residents say they enjoy an exceptional quality of life. They feel safe in their communities and they value their county parks and libraries. But rapid growth of the suburban county is a leading concern, and public transit access is a problem. Those are among highlights of a recent commissioned survey of county residents. The survey conducted in February found generally favorable views of county government, support for county services, but also concern — though not alarm — about certain aspects of life in Washington County.
Roughly 325 kids ran through a park, climbed a hill and slid down another, fought through a gauntlet of hanging pool noodles and faced other challenges before reaching the ultimate test: a mud pit covered in zig-zagged caution tape.
South Washington County Schools teachers stepped up their public rallying and district negotiators publicized details of a rejected contract offer as the two sides move toward mediation. Several hundred District 833 teachers and supporters from other school districts and employee unions rallied ahead of the School Board meeting last Thursday, walking a half-mile from Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove to the District Service Center, where the red shirt-clad group filled the board room and a lobby area.
Once a month Taylor Nelson shares news from Woodbury High School with the South Washington County School Board. Last week, the board had big news for the high school senior...
School District 833 teachers rejected a tentative contract agreement. The United Teachers of South Washington County union turned down the proposal by a 55.4-44.6 percent margin in the Tuesday vote, union president Marty Fridgen said. Ninety-percent of the union's nearly 1,300 members voted. Fridgen said union leaders will review comments from teachers who voted against the contract before resuming negotiations with the district. "Obviously the membership voted it down so there's things in it that they're unhappy with," Fridgen said.