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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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.
The bulk of the district’s legal effort during the recent contested bond election cost more than $17,000. South Washington County Schools recently paid a $17,474 bill to the law firm...
A South Washington County Schools statement said there was no indication East Ridge students were involved.
District 833 elementary students might start school a bit later beginning in 2017. South Washington County Schools is considering starting the school year for grades K-5 two days after secondary...
Negotiations continue on District 833’s interest in land in northwest Cottage Grove for the new Oltman Middle School. The South Washington County School Board met in closed session Feb. 4...
It was a five-vote victory after all. An order by Judge Kathleen Gearin on Friday clarified that School District 833’s $96 million bond measure passed by five votes — 6,840...