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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Many Valley Crossing Community School teachers plan to stay put when the school formally joins District 833. South Washington County Schools is purchasing Valley Crossing from the collaborating Stillwater and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale districts. The elementary school near the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Valley Creek Road in Woodbury will become part of District 833 for the 2016-17 school year. Ahead of the transition, Valley Crossing teachers recently requested placement in their preferred district. Most picked District 833 over the other two.
Some Washington County residents were filling out different paperwork ahead of Monday's tax deadline: police reports documenting a tax-related phone scam. Local authorities said they saw a burst of complaints ahead of the April 18 tax deadline, and some people have lost thousands of dollars after falling victim to the untraceable phone swindlers.
A Woodbury man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his son-in-law and another man during an April 1 incident at a home in the 8000 block of Jergen Avenue. William James...
A Maple Grove man admitted to engaging in prostitution with a 16-year-old Cottage Grove girl and pleaded guilty to underage prostitution and child pornography charges. Corwin Thomas Moose, 44, entered guilty pleas to three felonies March 30 in Washington County District Court in connection with his arrest in a sex trafficking investigation last fall. He'll be sentenced Aug. 3. According to the criminal complaint:
A St. Paul Park man was sentenced for attempting to meet with two teenage girls for sex. The arrest and conviction of Brian Patrick O’Boyle, 34, was part of a...
There was standing-room only in the District 833 School Board room Thursday, March 17, as the teachers union pleaded its points in front of the board, even as contract mediation...
School District 833 will start grades K-5 two days later in fall 2017 so teachers can assess their incoming students' literacy and math skills. Students in grades 6-12 will start the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 5 and grade-schoolers will begin Sept. 7, according to the calendar approved by the South Washington County School Board March 3. Teachers will meet individually with
Superintendent Keith Jacobus has support and praise from the South Washington County School Board, but also a short list of concerns to address. The board recently gave Jacobus a positive performance evaluation, crediting him with leading a high-functioning, cooperative and helpful administrative team and for leadership on a number of high-profile issues.
Planning for School District 833's acquisition of Valley Crossing Community School enters a new phase this week with the first roundtable discussion about the elementary school's programming and curriculum delivery, physical structure and other issues. The Wednesday night meeting follows the South Washington County School Board's approval March 3 of a framework for how it will prepare to add Valley Crossing to its system.
New players, a different negotiating process and a controversial policy have altered the dynamics of School District 833 teacher contract talks. Through 11 bargaining sessions the two sides chipped away at some contract terms, but last week they sought mediation after negotiations slowed. Mediation is used in some school labor contract talks, but it has not been required in at least the past six rounds of South Washington County Schools teacher contracts. This round is different, both sides acknowledge.