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March 22, 2012
'Pink slime' beef school lunches? Not in District 833
South Washington County Schools' student lunches do not contain a beef product known as "pink slime," the district said. The meat product, called lean finely textured beef, is made of beef trimmings treated with ammonia-based chemicals for decontamination. The school district's...
March 22, 2012 - 4:39pm
March 14, 2012
South Washington County School Board says no to music cuts, class size increase
The District 833 School Board is set to approve $1.2 million in budget changes, but rejected a proposal to cut nearly $100,000 in district music staffing and another measure that would have slightly raised class sizes for larger savings. The board is set to approve budget transfers...
March 14, 2012 - 11:09am
March 5, 2012
Public surveys: Building trust key for next South Washington County Schools superintendent
The next South Washington County Schools superintendent must be honest, trustworthy and well-schooled in education curriculum. That superintendent...
March 5, 2012 - 12:31pm
March 1, 2012
District 833 School Board briefs
Board to review budget reductions The district's Budgeting for Excellence Budget Review Team's recommendations for reducing $2 million from next year's budget will be presented to the School Board at its March 8 workshop. Bond refinancing will save taxpayers money The...
March 1, 2012 - 5:32am
February 23, 2012
District 833's planned high school Spanish immersion program moving forward
In the fall of 2013, the first class of Spanish language immersion students, now in seventh-grade at Cottage Grove Middle School, will enter high school. Parents of Nuevas Fronteras students, with kindergarten through fifth-grade at Crestview Elementary School in Cottage Grove, asked...
February 23, 2012 - 1:07pm
Improvements to Armstrong Elementary School in Cottage Grove top District 833 summer improvements
This summer, School District 833 will spend $4.9 million to replace the heating and cooling system at Armstrong Elementary School, completing the replacement cycle at all but the newest elementary schools, according to a budget presented to the School Board last week. The total levy,...
February 23, 2012 - 11:35am
February 22, 2012
District 833 residents say better communication, planning needed from next superintendent
Doug Ballinger said he researched school districts and decided to move to Woodbury from out of state because his family was impressed with South Washington County Schools. But there could be improvement, Ballinger said at a Tuesday meeting hosted by School Exec Connect, the search...
February 22, 2012 - 8:44am
February 14, 2012
Small group has big concerns as District 833 superintendent search begins
School District 833 residents interested in the hiring of a new superintendent said the success of future school levies is in jeopardy, long-term...
February 14, 2012 - 3:51pm
February 13, 2012
District 833's Porter nearly a semifinalist for Orlando superintendent job
Superintendent Mark Porter nearly was a semifinalist for the top job in the Orange County Public Schools in Florida. Porter was among applicants for the superintendent job in Orlando, and was recommended by a citizen committee to be interviewed as a semifinalist. However, Porter...
February 13, 2012 - 4:56pm
February 10, 2012
District 833 could bump up middle schools' start time to trim bus costs
The District 833 School Board might have middle school students start class earlier to save $190,000 in busing costs. The board is discussing changing the start time for the district's four middle schools from 7:55 a.m. to 7:35 a.m., which would eliminate the need to lease 10 bu...
February 10, 2012 - 9:15am
February 8, 2012
Public meetings set for District 833 superintendent search
The District 833 School Board plans two upcoming meetings to gather public input as it begins searching for a new superintendent. The board, which recently hired a consulting firm to lead the South Washington County Schools superintendent search, is seeking public input on "characteristics...
February 8, 2012 - 4:52pm
District 833's superintendent search begins
District 833 School Board members are charting the path toward hiring a new superintendent, even while addressing lingering concerns about the...
February 8, 2012 - 11:35am
January 27, 2012
Public fills room as District 833 School Board outlines Porter's evaluation, hires superintendent search firm
Some supporters of Superintendent Mark Porter were forced to stand as residents packed the District 833 School Board meeting room Thursday night to express anger about his firing. The turnout coincided with the board's decision to hire a consultant at $18,500 to lead the search for...
January 27, 2012 - 9:01am
January 20, 2012
Porter backers launch petition in support of District 833 superintendent
Organizers of an online effort in support of School District 833 Superintendent Mark Porter say their site has seen hundreds of visitors and that people concerned about Porter's contract non-renewal have signed a petition. Vicki Strong of Woodbury started the site, 833 Citizens in...
January 20, 2012 - 2:38pm
January 13, 2012
Public to District 833 School Board on superintendent vote: 'Nobody understands this'
South Washington County residents strongly questioned School Board members about their decision to replace Superintendent Mark Porter. A group of residents opposed to the decision turned out for a board workshop Thursday, criticizing board members for the process and saying the vote...
January 13, 2012 - 8:56am