Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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Ashley Mayer and Mike Weber were crowned Park High School's homecoming king and queen Monday.
The District 833 school board met in a closed session Thursday night, Sept. 21, before the regular meeting to discuss three pieces of property where a new high school could be built. Two sites are in rural Woodbury and one is in Cottage Grove. The sites being considered are: the southeast quadrant of Dale Road and County Road 19, the southwest quadrant of Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive and land along 70th Street in Cottage Grove one-quarter mile east of County Road 19.
Grey Cloud Island Township's legal battle to keep 300 acres of land from being annexed by St. Paul Park isn't over yet. The town lost its case against the annexation about one year ago, and lost an appeal in Washington County District Court in July. Last month, two of the three Town Board members said they were against further appeals, but on Monday, Sept. 11, Board Member Dick Adams switched his vote from "no" to "yes," meaning the township will take its case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Town Board members talked with St.
Less fat, more fiber and fewer processed foods will soon be found in school lunches. District 833 elementary school students will see a new lunch menu Monday, Oct.
A lawsuit filed by School District 833's first diversity coordinator was dismissed Aug. 25 by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank. The suit was filed by Lisa McLeod who worked for the district for one year and hired four diversity coordinators. When her contract was not renewed in June 2004, McLeod filed suit asserting that she was discriminated against because she is black and was treated differently than other supervisors. The School Board and McLeod did not agree on how the next year's budget was structured.
This is the Paula Reds' last week but the Red Barons, McIntosh, Zestar and Estival are available. In the next two weeks, Cortlands and Sweet Sixteens will be on deck. If you are not familiar with the names, they are varieties of apples grown in the St. Croix Valley. Most local growers are open for business, and some will stay open into early December. A trip to the orchard is more than an opportunity to buy fresh apples, it's a way to appreciate fall and hang on to the last warm days before winter. Picking your own apples is an option at Afton Apple.
School District 833 voters supported all three questions in Tuesday's referendum with a total voter turnout of 12,773 residents. There are 49,000 registered voters in the district, according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for facilities. On Question 1, 57.84 percent approved spending $107 million to build a third high school, make equity improvements to Park and Woodbury high schools, and build two eight-classroom additions onto Grey Cloud Elementary School and Cottage Grove Junior High School.
At its August meeting, two Grey Cloud Island Township officials wanted to accept the annexation of land along the Mississippi River to St. Paul Park after losing an appeal in Washington County District Court. At Monday night's meeting, all bets were off as Board Member Dick Adams changed his vote. With Board Chair Tom Bell voting no, Adams and Board Member Paul Schoenecker voted in favor of taking their case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Officials say the increasing number of students expected in School District 833 in the next 10 years is the driving force for a referendum Tuesday, Sept. 12, when residents will be asked to approve $149 million for a third high school and remodeling of existing facilities. It also includes $1 million a year, for 10 years, for technology. "These are not make-believe kids," said Superintendent Tom Nelson. "They are already in or about to enter the school system." District officials decided to put the vote on the Sept.
The new principals at Hillside Elementary School and Newport Elementary School share their students' anxious expectation about the coming school year. "I'm excited about what's to come," said Robin Francis, Hillside's new principal. Francis said she is hard worker and "extremely humble." Soft-spoken but firm, Francis let staff members see her leadership style when she warned them she would make mistakes. "I'm only human," she said. "I've made many an e-mail apology.