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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 non-renewal of Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. Board members met Saturday with SchoolExecConnect to set a timeline for the schools...
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
South Washington County School Board to seek consultant to lead superintendent search
The District 833 School Board likely will hire a search firm to look for a new superintendent. The seven-member board met Thursday in a workshop to discuss the process to replace Mark Porter later this year. Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd and member Ron Kath said they prefer to hire...
January 13, 2012 - 8:29am
January 10, 2012
District 833 School Board lax with its email policy
District 833 School Board members have not followed their own recommended email policy, records show. School Board members last year wanted to follow a policy recommending that they only communicate by email through district-issued accounts, not personal email accounts. But a series...
January 10, 2012 - 2:27pm
District 833 School Board emails signaled Superintendent Mark Porter's ouster
Support for Superintendent Mark Porter among District 833 School Board members was quietly eroding long before they surprised many school staff and district residents by not renewing his contract. While no board members had publicly suggested they wanted a new superintendent, they...
January 10, 2012 - 2:18pm
January 6, 2012
Park High School coaches want conference change, but what about community? Public meeting planned
Park High School athletic staff see leaving the Suburban East Conference as a way to bolster the school's sports programs, but first want to hear from the community. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input...
sports / education
January 6, 2012 - 5:20pm
District 833 School Board to consider using a search firm for superintendent hiring process
South Washington County School Board members are set to begin the search for a new superintendent. The District 833 School Board is scheduled to discuss the search process at its workshop meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. It will be the board's first public discussion of the schools chief...
January 6, 2012 - 11:35am
January 4, 2012
Woodbury Middle School assistant principal termination approved
A District 833 assistant principal was immediately terminated last month following an arbitrator's decision backing the dismissal. Woodbury Middle School Assistant Principal Keith Burcar officially lost his job following a Dec. 15 School Board vote. The reasons for his termination...
January 4, 2012 - 5:09pm
Park High School seeks input on possible conference switch and efforts to make athletics more competitive
Park High School is seeking public input as it looks at ways to improve its activities and athletics, including possibly by switching high school league conferences. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input...
January 4, 2012 - 4:56pm
January 3, 2012
Looking back at '11: School Board votes Porter out of superintendent job
The year ended with surprise news in District 833 when the School Board voted 5-2 not to renew Superintendent Mark Porter's contract when it expires in June. Porter had spent roughly three decades in the district, the last 2 1/2 years as superintendent. He was seeking another three-year...
education / news
January 3, 2012 - 12:16pm
Looking back at '11: Agbamu leaves after lifting Park
Dr. Efe Agbamu arrived as Park High School principal with ambitious plans to boost student achievement. She was instrumental in launching the school's International Baccalaureate program and overseeing a school at a time of increased participation in college preparatory classes and...
January 3, 2012 - 12:06pm
December 28, 2011
Views mixed on prospects for District 833 superintendent search
District 833 School Board members have a big assignment ahead of them as they search for a new superintendent early next year, a task some think will be complicated by divisions on the board and other factors. The details of that search process are unclear and were not discussed...
December 28, 2011 - 8:47am