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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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.
Reporter filed first story in 1969 By Scott Wente email@example.com Judy Spooner had just finished a Bulletin assignment taking photographs of children at a Christmas program.
Taxpayers may soon see lawn signs and fliers seeking their support for the South Washington County Schools referendum. A group of citizens formed a committee to advocate for passage of the district’s two levy questions and bond measure on the Nov.
As local school teachers are diving into curriculum this fall, District 833 leaders are doing their own educating. A team of administrators led by Superintendent Keith Jacobus is in the midst of a campaign to inform parents and residents about the district’s fiscal situation and why the school system is asking property taxpayers for more money this fall.
South Washington County students scored higher than the state average in core subject areas this year but like the rest of Minnesota saw their reading scores plummet on a new test. School District 833 students generally tested better than the state averages in math, science and reading, according to the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results released this week.
A woman who had been drinking admitted to police she crashed her car in a Cottage Grove ditch while texting on her cellphone. A police officer on patrol shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 25 found a vehicle in a ditch on Innovation Road at 100th Street, near the 3M-Cottage Grove entrance. As the officer arrived on scene, 3M security was calling 911 to report the crash and that the driver was trying to drive out of the ditch. The driver, a 24-year-old from Woodbury, was in the car when police arrived. She said she was on her way home after having left the nearby Metro Transit park-and-ride lot.
South Washington County School Board members have approved the final wording of three referendum questions that voters will see in the November election, even as one board member said administrators should provide more information about how the money will be spent. The board approved the ballot measures at a meeting last Thursday, Aug. 8. District voters will decide the levy questions Nov. 5. The first question asks voters to renew two existing voter-approved property tax levies.