William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009.
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The next chapter in the Washington County libraries’ story promises to be a page turner, said the man tasked with leading a redesign of the system. Keith Ryskoski was appointed library director last month after spending most of his career in education, including a recent stint as assistant superintendent in School District 833. It’s not a particularly big leap from education to libraries, Ryskoski said.
Some students in District 833 may look forward to school on Mondays — because that’s when they’ll get their next proper meal. Weekend “food insecurity” follows many students home — or to homeless shelters — across the state, social workers and anti-hunger activists say. Once they’re outside the reach of school nutrition services, they go hungry. South Washington County Schools staffer Laura Vogel decided to do something about it.
They did it their way. As they walked up to the lectern to receive their diploma, each graduate of South Washington Alternative High School also took the final steps in...
Standardized academic testing in School District 833 and across Minnesota was halted briefly last week due to technical glitches, but the assessments resumed a day later. For at least two...
Standardized academic testing in School District 833 and across Minnesota will resume Thursday, a day after the state suspended the online assessments due to glitches. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced...
Cops and addicts shared the stage Thursday at the Woodbury High School auditorium. Each, in their own way, told the audience of about 200 to wake up and smell the...
Parents had a message for School District 833 leaders: Don’t shortchange our kids when it comes to reading. Attendees voiced a variety of concerns at a Feb. 4 public meeting...
A local lad and his pig are stumping for votes. But it has nothing to do with the November election. Joe Anderson, 12, of Cottage Grove, made a video that he entered in a national youth cooking contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s Rice. And if he gets enough online votes, he could win a new cafeteria for Crosswinds Arts and Science School in Woodbury, where he is in the seventh grade.
Some School District 833 parents are upset over a decision to exclude seventh- and eighth-grade athletes from an afternoon bus route that had been offered in past years. Michelle Julius, whose seventh-grade daughter is a member of the Woodbury High School cross-country team, said she received scant notice that her daughter would have to find other transportation from Woodbury Middle School to Woodbury High School to join her teammates. “We were told a week before school started that they were no longer going to bus our middle school athletes to the high school,” she said. In the past,
When they reported to class on the first day of school, it’s unlikely that students in District 833 noticed that anything is different about their particular school. But while they were enjoying summer vacation, the district was installing new locks, cameras and shatterproof glass as part of a $1.5 million security upgrade. All work in the multi-phase project should be completed prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year, said Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for district operations. This fall, 13 schools will have new door locks that will allow a teacher to lock them fr