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If all three ballot questions pass in School District 833's referendum this fall, the owner of a $200,000 home would see an increase in taxes of $100 per year. With a $300,000 home, taxes would be increased by $151 a year. The District 833 School Board made the decision final last week to seek a referendum and settled on three questions. The first question asks voters to approve $107 million for a third high school.
Students might not notice it when they return to Pullman Elementary School this fall, but the air they breathe will be fresh due to a new heating and cooling system under construction this summer. Teachers, on the first day, will notice their classrooms are quieter. Pullman is the first elementary school to get a completely new heating and cooling system. For several years, District 833 officials have known that meeting new state air circulation standards for schools was a challenge they needed to tackle. To determine the extent of changes needed to comply, the district had consultants do
When they said "I do," they meant it to last a lifetime. Couples who have been married 50 years or more were honored earlier this month with a 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The celebration also included people, who, but the for the death of a spouse, would have been married 50 years. "I always look forward to this celebration ... because of you," said Father Greg Esty in his homily. He asked those in attendance to name the qualities couples must have to have an enduring marriage.
Amid happy tears and congratulations, the new Cottage Grove royalty was crowned Thursday night. Serena Fallahi is the 2006-07 Miss Cottage Grove. She will represent the city throughout the coming year with Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis and Princess Darcy Pemble. Junior Miss Cottage Grove is Karisa Jones. Junior Miss Cottage Grove princess is Elizabeth Sova. The new Little Miss Cottage Grove is Montana Hogen and Little Miss Cottage Grove princess is Ashley Rice. In keeping with the theme, "On a Musical Note," the outgoing royalty performed a dance.
Amid happy tears and congratulations, the new Cottage Grove royalty was crowned Thursday night. Serena Fallahi is the 2006-2007 Miss Cottage Grove. She will represent the city through the coming year with Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis and Princess Darcy Pemble. Junior Miss Cottage Grove is Karisa Jones. Junior Miss Cottage Grove princess is Elizabeth Sova. The new Little Miss Cottage Grove is Montana Hogen and Little Miss Cottage Grove princess is Ashley Rice. For more on this story, see next week's print edition of the Bulletin.
As the District 833 School Board approaches a final decision next week on what will be on the September ballot, it is likely a third high school will make the grade. Voters would also decide if there should be a stadium at the third high school, in addition to field improvements at existing high schools. The board met in a workshop session last week to hear recommendations from Supt. Tom Nelson. The recommendation includes four ballot questions, with the first one focusing on adding a third high school.
School District 833 students will be seeing some new faces this fall with the hiring of new principals and others changing schools. Aaron Harper is taking the reins as the new principal of Oltman Junior High School. Harper was an assistant principal at Bloomington Kennedy High School for the past four years. He also served as administrative assistant, working with ninth-graders, and was a science teacher.
If there were a place to look for ghosts, it might be in a cemetery. Cottage Grove Cemetery, with 150 years of history, might be a place to find ghoulish figures, but Norma Manke, and her husband, Carl, have never seen a ghost there, even though they have arranged for burials, dug the graves, and looked after the cemetery in Old Cottage Grove for 45 years. The couple was named Preservationists of the Year by the South Washington Heritage Society for their efforts to preserve local history. Other people have talked about ghosts when visiting the cemetery, not the Halloween images of sheets w
Past efforts to start and continue a dance team at Park High School withered away, but Kari Uetz wanted to get one started again after two years of encouraging a dance team at Cottage Grove Junior High School. "They look forward to being part of a dance team when they come here," Uetz said, during tryouts last month in the Activity Center. "Dance is very big in Cottage Grove and Woodbury.
It appears District 833 officials will add $2 million to next year's budget to enhance education.