Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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I want to talk about public education because I support public education. This came when I was in a bad school district growing up that pushed me from school to school. My mom tried to get me into the private school my sisters attended, but the school refused as apparently I did not fit their "one-child-fits-all" philosophy. The savior was open-enrollment into a nearby school district, which I am thankful for every day.
The annual meeting of the Cottage Grove Cemetery Association will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20. For time and location, call 651-592-6290.
A meat raffle to benefit the Newport Fire Department will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Clover Leaf Bar & Grill, 2146 Hastings Ave., Newport. Everyone is invited to take part.
Middle school boundaries for nearly 1,000 students will change next year after the South Washington County School Board selected a new, administrative-drawn attendance map over an alternative preferred by some parents. The changes affect an estimated 997 students who will be redirected from one middle school to another beginning in fall 2018 as the district attempts to spread the grades 6-8 student population evenly across four buildings and plan for future residential development that is expected to increase enrollment.
Bring your appetite and buckets, but don't be late. That could have been the advice for those headed to the St. Paul Park American Legion's popular booya Saturday, Sept. 9, at Post 98 on Broadway Avenue. Volunteers cooked, stirred and poured 230 gallons of the simmering stew for crowds that began lining up an hour before the event started. Volunteer Tim Conrad said organizers started preparing the booya at noon Friday and finished seasoning the booya just minutes before doors opened Saturday.
A bomb squad assisted in the removal of explosives, including what was believed to be a live mortar, from a Cottage Grove home. A woman in the 7000 block of Jensen Avenue called police Sept. 3 after finding four devices in her basement that had belonged to her deceased father, who had served in the military, according to the police report. One of the four appeared to be a live mortar.
Back-to-school time is here, and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of our students, families, teachers and school staff a wonderful school year. Here in south Washington County we are blessed to have world-class educators, great parents and outstanding school staff and volunteers dedicated to helping students prepare for bright and successful futures. You all are part of what makes Woodbury such a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
South Washington County Schools is building on its 50-plus years in Woodbury by looking to the future of education. Some changes are happening quickly — prompted in part by advancements in technology and shaped by new views on how best students can use it — while other efforts are years-long initiatives that administrators believe will positively change education.
Five candidates are seeking a two-year seat on the South Washington County School Board, while 10 others are vying for four other spots on the board. Fifteen District 833 residents filed to run for the school board this fall, including candidates from each of the four main cities in the school district. The 10 candidates seeking four-year terms in the Nov. 7 general election include the four incumbents: Katy McElwee-Stevens of Newport, Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park, Sharon Van Leer of Woodbury and Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove.
South Washington County Schools mistakenly released data on thousands of students and parents in transportation information emails sent Wednesday.