Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Students at Woodbury Elementary would be shifted to the Crosswinds building; Spanish immersion students would attend class at the elementary school.
Woodbury Elementary students would attend class at the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building next fall if District 833 is able to acquire the facility. Students in the district’s Spanish immersion program, Nuevas Fronteras, would attend school at the Woodbury Elementary building. South Washington County Schools on Wednesday posted a notice on its website about the plan. However, Crosswinds Arts and Science School could be turned over to the Perpich Center for Arts Education if the Golden Valley-based group is able to secure funding from the Legislature by April 1. It could cost as much as $3 million for Perpich to operate the school. District 833 has previously expressed interest in Crosswinds as a way to house a growing student …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Residents will have the chance to give their feedback on the latest budget options.
South Washington County Schools officials will present 2013-14 budget information at three upcoming public meetings. The meetings are set for: The meetings will include a presentation and an opportunity for residents to comment on each of the proposed budget options. All meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the schools' media centers. More information on the process is available on the district’s website. (Budget options will be available on the page starting Feb. 22.) The school board will likely discuss the options at its March 7 meeting, with a final recommendation for approval at the March 21 meeting, according to a release from the district. “In order to provide public input on the proposed level of services, based on budget …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
What can you tell us about Matt Karasek and Jennifer Thorne? Leave a note in the comments section below.
District 833 educators Matt Karasek and Jennifer Thorne are among the candidates for Education Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year award. Karasek, a teacher at East Ridge High School, and Thorne, a teacher at Middleton Elementary, are among 135 up for the honor. It’s the largest field of candidates since 2005, according to a release from Education Minnesota. A 25-member panel will name a group of semifinalists and finalists before the winner is announced May 5 at a ceremony at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park. The program, in its 49th year, receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, The Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, Marriott Minneapolis Northwest, Pearson Education, The …
Monday, February 4, 2013
District 833 leaders on Monday sent out an update on the program, which is coming to Woodbury High School this fall.
Via Woodbury High School's listserv system, South Washington County Schools sent out the following regarding the district’s Spanish immersion program. Dear Parents, We are excited to be bringing the Spanish Immersion pathway to Woodbury High School in the fall of 2013. This pathway will provide your students with the opportunity to continue in an immersion environment through Social Studies and a Literature and Culture course. The Spanish Immersion program at Woodbury High School allows us to ensure that we can provide a highly rigorous course structure for your students. This is the only Spanish Immersion Pathway for the district. We are not providing this opportunity at any other District 833 high school. If, as a family you choose to…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
However, District 833 could claim the school if the Perpich Center fails to obtain approval for state funding.
If it can secure funding from the Legislature by April 1, the Perpich Center for Arts Education would take over Crosswinds Arts and Science School in Woodbury, according to multiple reports. If not, South Washington County Schools would claim the building, under an agreement reached Wednesday by the East Metro Integration District, which oversees Crosswinds, according to a Star Tribune story. District 833 has previously expressed interest in Crosswinds as a way to house a growing student population. It could cost as much as $3 million for Perpich to operate the school, according to a Pioneer Press story. “It is not unheard-of for important issues to get through,” Perpich Executive Director Sue Mackert told the Pioneer Press. “It is a …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The frigid temperatures caused 15 buses to experience “fuel gelling,” according to South Washington County Schools.
The bitter cold that descended on Woodbury and the state caused issues for District 833 buses on Tuesday morning. Fifteen buses experienced “fuel gelling,” which caused them to stall after they left for their regular runs, according to a notice from South Washington County Schools. (Transportation officials were out on Monday and early Tuesday ensuring the buses would start.) The district sent out replacement buses, and aside from some slightly late arrivals at middle schools, the rest were expected to get students to school on time for the most part, according to the district. Related: In Woodbury: The Deep Freeze Like Patch on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free newsletter
Friday, January 11, 2013
Meetings will be held later this month, and an online survey will go live on the district’s website Jan. 15.
South Washington County Schools will hold a series of upcoming meetings—and post a survey on its website—as it looks for feedback on services amid budget constraints. “The Service Level Process being developed, and soon to be presented, is intended to support improved alignment of what we do and what we provide for students to the financial resources over time,” reads a release from the district. “All District 833 parents and residents are invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming conversations regarding the alignment of services to the budget.” The meetings with residents will outline district services and how South Washington County Schools plans to “better align our financial resources,” the release says. Following a presentation, …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
South Washington County Schools officials are continually apprised of new development plans in area cities.
As Woodbury prepares for 6,000 new homes in the Phase 2 area of the city over the next decade, District 833 officials are keeping an eye on future attendance needs. Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations, said South Washington County Schools officials meet regularly with Woodbury and Cottage Grove leaders about future growth. Woodbury’s Phase 2 is near East Ridge High School, but Vogel said he doesn’t expect the new development will have much of an impact at the high school in the near term. “Most families don’t move when their kids are at that age,” he said. Instead, the district expects the immediate need to come at the elementary and middle school levels. Much of Phase 2 falls in the Bailey Elementary boundary, Vogel…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The board filled the vacancy left by Chair Leslee Boyd’s resignation.
The South Washington County School Board on Friday chose Kathleen McElwee-Stevens as its newest member. McElwee-Stevens, who has worked as a paraprofessional at Newport Elementary School since 2003, will serve until the election next fall. She will be sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 10. The Newport resident fills the position vacated by Board Chair Leslee Boyd, who in October 2012 announced her resignation and plans to move out of state. In a statement, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said he “is pleased with the comprehensive process the board put together to select a candidate and is excited to work with Katy as a Board member.” McElwee-Stevens served on the district's school board in 2006-07 and is an active parent/volunteer in the district, …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A special meeting is planned for Friday, Jan. 4.
The District 833 School Board on Friday will likely choose a new member to replace departing Chair Leslee Boyd, who is moving out of state. The board previously winnowed the list of candidates for the position from 14 to five, and interviews will be held during a special meeting set for 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road S., in Cottage Grove. Related: School Board Chair Leslee Boyd Resigns The meeting is open to the public but will not be video recorded. The five candidates are: On Friday, there will be a board discussion until 6:15 p.m., followed by the interviews until 8:45 p.m., with a debriefing and possible vote to follow. The appointed person’s term will expire at the end of …