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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Theresa Constantine's education plans changed when she became pregnant at 16 and enrolled in a school program for expectant mothers. She eventually went on to hold jobs and raise her children, assuming all along she had fulfilled her high school requirements. Nearly 20 years later, after spending the 2011-12 school year working as a lunchroom and recess staffer at Crestview Elementary School in District 833, Constantine applied for a summer job with a temp agency.
South Washington County Schools' Community Education soon will have a new leader. District 833 officials picked Robert W. Lawrence of Litchfield, Minn., as the next Community Education director. The School Board must approve the hire. Lawrence has held a similar position with the Litchfield Public Schools for the past two years, and spent the prior seven years coordinating programs for youth, seniors and disabled adults.
With a few word changes and the deletion of an oath referring to a man and a woman, Washington County has prepared its same-sex marriage license. The county will make available same-sex marriage license applications beginning Thursday, June 6, ahead of the state's Aug. 1 gay marriage legalization. The marriage license application was modified in preparation for the change. The former application referred to a bride and a groom, said Jennifer Wagenius, director of the county's Property Records and Taxpayer Services Department.
A state health survey has linked the consumption of unfiltered drinking water to higher PFC concentrations in surveyed residents of Cottage Grove and two other east-metro communities. The results, released recently by the Minnesota Department of Health, generally show that the longer that residents had consumed unfiltered drinking water, the higher the level of PFCs, or perfluorochemicals, in their blood. "The number of years that people drank (unfiltered water) is an important predictor," said Jean Johnson, director of the Health Department's Environmental public Health Tracking and Biomoni
A local foundation is reviving a popular event to benefit area schools. The South Washington County Schools Education Foundation is bringing back its big annual fundraiser, "Taste of South Washington County Extravaganza," on Monday, April 22, in Woodbury. Food vendors from Cottage Grove and the Woodbury area will fill bellies while the foundation tries to fill its coffers. The foundation will distribute the money it raises in grants to District 833 schools for innovative education curriculum or equipment. "I've had people say to me, 'We've enjoyed this.
Nine out of 10 south Washington County students graduate high school on time, ranking the district third among its peer districts. In 2012, nearly 91 percent of students in District 833's three high schools graduated on time. That figure has hovered between 89 percent and 91 percent since 2009. Of 14 similar districts, only White Bear Lake and Lakeville posted graduation rates higher than District 833.
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building if acquired from the East Metro Integration District has suggested four possible uses.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect involved in a recent attempted child abduction near Newport Elementary School. A fourth-grade girl who attends Newport Elementary told police she was walking home from school about 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, near Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street when a man drove by her and then parked and got out of his vehicle.
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building suffered a setback after a problematic deadline was lifted on the preferred plan for the school building. State lawmakers considering whether to turn over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury to the Perpich Center for Arts Education last week removed an April 1 deadline for approval of the bill. District 833 is in line for the building if the Perpich plan falls through. Perpich officials said the removal of the deadline helps their effort because it gives lawmakers more time to work.
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building in Woodbury got a bit more difficult after a House committee approved an alternative plan for the facility. The House Education Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to put the Crosswinds school under the governing umbrella of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The committee overwhelmingly approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to a House government operations committee.