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 former executive assistant to School District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus received roughly $5,100 in a resignation agreement that followed the investigation of a complaint against her, according to data released by the district. Allegations made against Mary Amidon were investigated but no disciplinary action was taken, according to Barb Brown, district communications director.
Another School District 833 official is moving on. Finance Director Aaron Bushberger is leaving South Washington County Schools for a similar job in the South St. Paul School District.
South Washington County Schools Superintendent Keith Jacobus took to YouTube to address lingering questions about the recent departures of key district administrators. The district on Thursday released a video statement from Jacobus in which he said it’s common for school employees to seek new positions in the spring and that speculation about the recent exits in District 833 could “damage professional reputations.” Jacobus said there has been speculation that because some school officials have decided to leave, there must be problems within the district. “I want you to know that that
Outgoing District 833 Assistant Superintendent Dave Bernhardson is being interviewed for the top job with Inver Grove Heights Community Schools. Bernhardson, who already announced he is leaving South Washington County Schools in June, is among six first-round finalists for the superintendent job in nearby Inver Grove Heights. The group includes: Bernhardson; John Bezek, assistant superintendent in Shakopee Public Schools and a former assistant principal at Park High School in Cottage Grove; T.
Two top District 833 administrators are leaving the school system, with little public explanation. Assistant Superintendents Keith Ryskoski and Dave Bernhardson have resigned, effect at the end of the school year. Their resignations were approved by the South Washington County School Board on Thursday, March 20, and came two weeks after the superintendent’s executive assistant also resigned. Ryskoski and Bernhardson answer directly to Superintendent Keith Jacobus, who is completing his second year as the district’s top administrator.
District 833 will change 11 elementary school start times and force later school days next year at St. Ambrose Catholic School and the Math and Science Academy. The changes solve a scheduling problem that for several years has caused some district middle school buses to drop off students well ahead of the class day and caused up to 27 elementary school buses to arrive late for their afternoon pick-ups.
District 833 School Board members last month indicated that they liked a $193,000 proposal to fix a busing problem and to shorten walking distances for grades 6-12. Their views changed two weeks later when they looked at a $917,000 deficit in the preliminary school district budget for next year. Now there is less support to shorten the walking distances, but board members still seem supportive of the plan to change some school start times in an attempt to eliminate late busing. The shifting position comes ahead of two public meetings on the proposed transportation changes and an expec
A road along the Woodbury-Cottage Grove border was temporarily closed to most traffic Wednesday so a commercial could be filmed. A film crew was shooting a vehicle towing advertisement for AAA on Sunny Hill Drive, according to Cottage Grove police. A tow truck was on scene and crews dumped snow on the road in preparation for filming. Police closed Sunny Hill Drive from Military Road to 65th Street to most traffic while filming occurred Wednesday.
District 833 may step back to shorter student walking distances and change some school schedules to improve bus transportation. Just one year after increasing walking distances for middle schoolers and high school students, the South Washington County School Board is considering a proposal to provide busing to more students and change 10 elementary school start and end times beginning this fall. The proposal for 2014-15 represents the largest student transportation change in five years and is a response to what administrators said is an unacceptable level of service. Since the distric
Authorities on Friday released more information about the victim and suspect in the stabbing death at Bailey Nurseries as prosecutors prepare criminal charges.