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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South Washington County Schools' new contract with HealthPartners, its group insurance provider, includes double-digit premium decreases next year. The district is renewing with HealthPartners for two years; the current five-year contract ends in December. The new contract includes a 13-percent aggregate decrease in premiums across six plans in 2017, said Denise Griffith, the district's human resources director. Monthly rates will drop from $100 to $300 next year, depending on the plan. "It's a great decrease," Griffith said.
Griffin Olson, 4, of Woodbury has a bag of chocolate chip cookies for Cottage Grove police officer Ed Weber and his fellow officers. Kim Olson said her son wanted to give the officers cookies and a thank-you card for their work. Weber and fellow Cottage Grove officer Clare Boyle led Park Grove Library's weekly preschool storytime July 12. Afterward, officers Clare Boyle and Ed Weber handed out stickers and received hugs and cards from the youngsters. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)
School District 833 has agreed on a new contract with its district office support specialists. The union of roughly 20 employees will receive a wage increase of 4.75 percent in...
School District 833's final budget for 2015-16 has been approved. South Washington County School Board members passed that budget and a preliminary budget for the 2016-17 school year at their...
The South Washington County School Board has approved future raises for Superintendent Keith Jacobus, a move that drew criticism for its timing amid a teacher contract dispute. Board members voted 5-0 last Thursday to give Jacobus a 3.5 percent salary increase in the 2016-17 school year and another 3.5 percent increase in 2017-18, the final year of his current three-year contract. Jacobus earns $186,100. He requested his salary be frozen last year as the district faced budget cuts.
Chew on this, parents: Your child's school meals will cost more this fall. South Washington County Schools will increase lunch prices by 30 cents across all grades. Administrators said the price hike is a response to higher food costs, anticipated wage increases and the need to bulk up a meager reserve fund. Increases for the 2016-17 school year break down this way: • Elementary school: $2.30 to $2.60 • Middle school: $2.60 to $2.90 • High school: $2.65 to $2.95
More than a year of negotiations has resulted in a deal for South Washington County Schools to purchase Bailey Nurseries land for the new Oltman Middle School. School District 833 will acquire 57.14 acres in northwest Cottage Grove from Bailey Nurseries for about $5.14 million. South Washington County School Board members approved the purchase in late May. The agricultural land is on the south side of 65th Street east of Geneva Avenue and west of Wildflower Drive, near where areas of Woodbury, Newport, St. Paul Park and Cottage Grove meet.
There is a new, bittersweet chapter to Margie Hafer's love of children and reading.
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.