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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School District 833’s student enrollment stayed flat this past year but administrators say future population projections mean additional schools will be needed. South Washington County Schools saw small growth from last year to 2013-14 as enrollment increased just 41 students. The total enrollment as of Oct.
South Washington County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly renewed a District 833 operating levy and voted themselves a tax increase to boost local school funding while also rejecting a land acquisition bond by the slimmest of margins.
An administrative judge is reviewing two campaign finance complaints against the committee that has advocated for passage of the South Washington County Schools referendum. A day before voters settle the District 833 levy measures, Judge Barbara Case of the Office of Administrative Hearings on Monday heard arguments from the Woodbury resident who filed the claim against Committee for VOTE and from the group’s attorney.
South Washington County School Board candidates have varying views on how to handle the emotionally charged job of changing school boundaries. A question about boundary changes at a recent election forum exposed different opinions among candidates who otherwise generally agreed on issues ranging from the upcoming District 833 referendum to support for choice education programs. Some candidates said they would try to avoid changing school boundaries while others called for keeping neighborhoods together or making it more objective by taking parent input out of the process. “You need to
Editor's note: This is the second story in a series exploring the three ballot questions that will be on District 833 ballots Nov. 5.
A School District 833 resident alleges that a citizen group advocating passage of the school referendum broke campaign laws. Andrea Mayer-Bruestle, of Woodbury, filed a complaint Mondayagainst Committee for VOTE with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles cases alleging violations of the state’s Fair Campaign Practices and Campaign Finance Acts. Committee for VOTE is a volunteer, independent group campaigning in support of South Washington County Schools’ three-question referendum o
Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories examining the District 833 referendum. Look for a story on the land bond in the Oct. 30 edition. Many education decisions to be made in the South Washington County Schools over the next several years will be determined by how voters answer two ballot questions next month. School District 833 will ask voters on Nov. 5 to renew a pair of existing property tax levies, which administrators say would simply maintain current spending and program levels.
Katie Schwartz Age: 35 City: St.
Katy McElwee-Stevens Age: 51 City: Newport Family: Husband, Rick; son, 19, daughter, 15 Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, University of Minnesota; graduate work in industrial relations Occupation: High-needs paraprofessional, Newport Elementary School Katy McElwee-Stevens holds at least one distinction among District 833 School Board hopefuls: She is the only candidate who works in the school district. A board
Michael Edman Age: 34 City: Cottage Grove Family: Wife, Christina; two daughters, 4 and 2 Education: Law degree from William Mitchell Occupation: Attorney, focusing on family law, court-appointed cases, business Michael Edman said as a District 833 School Board member he would apply skills he uses as an attorney: the ability to analyze issues with competing interests, and a willingness to ask questions.