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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More than 6,000 homes in the south Washington County were without power as a thunderstorm rolled through the area Tuesday evening.
Washington County residents say they enjoy an exceptional quality of life. They feel safe in their communities and they value their county parks and libraries. But rapid growth of the suburban county is a leading concern, and public transit access is a problem. Those are among highlights of a recent commissioned survey of county residents. The survey conducted in February found generally favorable views of county government, support for county services, but also concern — though not alarm — about certain aspects of life in Washington County.
Roughly 325 kids ran through a park, climbed a hill and slid down another, fought through a gauntlet of hanging pool noodles and faced other challenges before reaching the ultimate test: a mud pit covered in zig-zagged caution tape.
South Washington County Schools teachers stepped up their public rallying and district negotiators publicized details of a rejected contract offer as the two sides move toward mediation. Several hundred District 833 teachers and supporters from other school districts and employee unions rallied ahead of the School Board meeting last Thursday, walking a half-mile from Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove to the District Service Center, where the red shirt-clad group filled the board room and a lobby area.
Once a month Taylor Nelson shares news from Woodbury High School with the South Washington County School Board. Last week, the board had big news for the high school senior...
School District 833 teachers rejected a tentative contract agreement. The United Teachers of South Washington County union turned down the proposal by a 55.4-44.6 percent margin in the Tuesday vote, union president Marty Fridgen said. Ninety-percent of the union's nearly 1,300 members voted. Fridgen said union leaders will review comments from teachers who voted against the contract before resuming negotiations with the district. "Obviously the membership voted it down so there's things in it that they're unhappy with," Fridgen said.
A judge denied Aaron Harper's attempt to prevent certain information from being included in his criminal theft case. Harper, a former East Ridge High School principal who resigned in 2014 and later was charged with felony theft by swindle, argued in Washington County District Court that statements he made in a school district investigation should not be included as evidence in the case against him.
> South Washington County Schools projects a little more cash on hand at the end of the school year. A revised 2015-16 budget pegs the general fund balance at $7.35 million, up roughly $300,000 from an earlier projection. That's bottom-line revenue after the district pays out nearly $197.6 million for general fund expenses throughout the year, including staffing and classroom operations.
<p>South Washington County Schools and its teachers union may have a deal.</p><p>District negotiators announced Monday they have a tentative agreement with the United Teachers of South Washington County and have canceled a mediation hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday.</p><p>The agreement still needs union members' approval, School Board Chairman Ron Kath and district Human Resources Director Denise Griffith said in a statement. The School Board also has to vote on the deal.</p>
Contracts for nearly 100 probationary teachers in South Washington County Schools will be terminated at the end of this school year. The District 833 School Board on April 14 approved...