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 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.
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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...
A man is accused of trying to swindle an 85-year-old Cottage Grove woman into paying $5,000 for driveway work he told her would be free. Authorities say the suspect, Richard...
Many Valley Crossing Community School teachers plan to stay put when the school formally joins District 833. South Washington County Schools is purchasing Valley Crossing from the collaborating Stillwater and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale districts. The elementary school near the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Valley Creek Road in Woodbury will become part of District 833 for the 2016-17 school year. Ahead of the transition, Valley Crossing teachers recently requested placement in their preferred district. Most picked District 833 over the other two.
Some Washington County residents were filling out different paperwork ahead of Monday's tax deadline: police reports documenting a tax-related phone scam. Local authorities said they saw a burst of complaints ahead of the April 18 tax deadline, and some people have lost thousands of dollars after falling victim to the untraceable phone swindlers.