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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“Molly, other, other, other, Molly, Sharon, Molly, other…” So was the routine Thursday morning as Washington County election officials recounted votes in the District 833 School Board race. Molly Lutz requested the recount after losing by five votes to fellow Woodbury resident Sharon Van Leer, who secured the final of four four-year School Board seats with 2,463 votes in the Nov. 5 election.
District 833 officials announced Thursday that the recount of a School Board election that was decided by five votes will be held next week. The recount will be held a 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Washington County Government Center. Officials will conduct the recount in room 4690E at the government center. School Board candidate Molly Lutz requested the recount Tuesday, Nov.
Earlier this year Canadian Pacific asked Cottage Grove officials if the city would host a big event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the company’s Holiday Train. “They didn’t have to say much else,” Mayor Myron Bailey said.
A judge tossed out the remaining complaints against a pro-School District 833 levy committee alleging it broke campaign finance law. Administrative Law Judge Barbara Case on Friday ruled that there was no probable cause to believe Committee for VOTE improperly reported its finances and use of a Woodbury law office for mail and meetings. She dismissed the two allegations in a written order.
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