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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Some candidates said they would try to avoid changing school boundaries while others called for keeping neighborhoods together or making it more objective by taking parent input out of the process.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove.
When the day begins at Liberty Ridge Elementary School, students stroll in, check backpacks at their lockers and head to class — in every classroom in the building. At 980 students total, Liberty Ridge is School District 833’s largest elementary and is projected to see even more students, especially if planned housing developments in the school’s boundary area move forward. The school is using all available classrooms, and at some grade levels the class sizes are nearing the district’s threshold. “It’s OK to be big,” Liberty Ridge Principal Mike Moore said recently while walking the h
Many education decisions to be made in the South Washington County Schools over the next several years will be determined by how voters answer two ballot questions next month. School District 833 will ask voters on Nov. 5 to renew a pair of existing property tax levies, which administrators say would simply maintain current spending and program levels. District voters also will be asked to approve an influx of new money — increased property taxes — to maintain and enhance some school operations and make safety and technology improvements.
A St. Paul man wanted on felony warrants was arrested last week in Cottage Grove after allegedly eluding police by entering an elderly woman’s home.
South Washington County voters will fill a majority of District 833 School Board seats in the Nov. 5 election.
A walking decision helped Wayne Johnson decide to run for the District 833 School Board.
Katie Schwartz has a daughter who graduated from Park High School, a son at Grey Cloud Elementary, a daughter at Pullman Elementary and a son headed for preschool. That exposure to different programs within District 833 is good background for the School Board, Schwartz said.
Katy McElwee-Stevens holds at least one distinction among District 833 School Board hopefuls: She is the only candidate who works in the school district.
Michael Edman said as a District 833 School Board member he would apply skills he uses as an attorney: the ability to analyze issues with competing interests, and a willingness to ask questions.