South Washington County Schools, Minnesota
|South Washington County Schools|
|Washington County, Minnesota|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Keith Jacobus|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ron Kath|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in South Washington County Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtWashington County, Minnesota. The county seat of Washington County is Stillwater. Washington County is home to 244,088 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.
Washington County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.1% of Washington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Washington County was $80,747 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Washington County was 5.6% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.
The superintendent of South Washington County Schools is Dr. Keith Jacobus. He was appointed to the position by the school board beginning on July 1, 2012. Before taking the position, Jacobus served as a principal and administrator in the Lewis-Palmer School District and as the Director of Schools in the Douglas County School District in Colorado. He also served as an assistant superintendent with Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota. Jacobus earned his B.S. degree from Colorado State University, his M.Ed. degree from Lesley College and his Ph.D. from the University of Denver.
South Washington County Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.
|South Washington County School Board|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Sharon H. Van Leer||2013||2017|
School board elections
Members of the South Washington County School Board are elected to four-year terms. Five seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The South Washington County School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“|| V. THE PUBLIC’S OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
The school board will strive to give all citizens of the school district an opportunity to be heard and to have complaints considered and evaluated, within the limits of the law and this policy and subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions. Among the rights available to the public is the right to access public data as provided by Minn. Stat. § 13.43, Subd. 2 (Public Data).
A. Open Forum/Non-Agenda Items
The School Board shall normally provide a specified period of time where citizens may address the School Board on any topic, subject to the limitations of this policy. The School Board reserves the right to allocate a specific period of time for this purpose and limit time for speakers accordingly.
The School Board may decide to hold certain types of public meetings where the public will not be invited to address the School Board. Possible examples are works sessions and board retreats. The public will still be entitled to notice of these meetings and will be allowed to attend these meetings, but the public will not be allotted time during the meeting to address the board.
B. Agenda Items
1. Citizens who wish to comment at a public School Board meeting are encouraged to notify the Superintendent’s office in advance of the School Board meeting. The citizen should provide his or her name, address, the name of group represented (if any), and the subject to be covered or the issue to be addressed.
2. Citizens who wish to address the School Board on a particular subject should identify the subject and identify agenda item(s) to which their comments pertain.
3. The School Board chair will recognize one speaker at a time, and will rule out of order other speakers who are not recognized. Only those speakers recognized by the chair will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the School Board, or the proceedings may be directed to leave.
4. The School Board retains the discretion to limit discussion of any agenda item to a reasonable period of time as determined by the School Board. If a group or organization wishes to address the School Board on a topic, the School Board reserves the right to require designation of one or more representatives or spokespersons to speak on behalf of the group or organization. The School Board also reserves the right to limit the time of the presentation.
5. Matters proposed for placement on the agenda which may involve data privacy concerns, which may involve preliminary allegations, or which may be potentially libelous or slanderous in nature shall not be considered in public, but shall be processed as determined by the School Board in accordance with governing law.
6. The School Board chair shall promptly rule out of order any discussion by any person, including School Board members, that would violate the provisions of state or federal law, this policy or the statutory rights of privacy of an individual.
7. Personal attacks by anyone addressing the School Board are unacceptable. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall terminate that person’s privilege to address the School Board.
8. Depending upon the number of persons in attendance seeking to be heard, the School Board reserves the right to impose such other limitations and restrictions as necessary in order to provide an orderly, efficient and fair opportunity for those present to be heard.
To encourage community participation and to conduct School Board meetings properly and efficiently, the following processes have been established for people who wish to address the School Board.
1. There is typically a three (3) or a five (5) minute limitation per individual. Individuals may not merge allocated speaking minutes or defer allocated speaking minutes to other speakers.
2. Individuals presenting to the School Board must identify himself/herself and, if applicable, any group they are representing.
3. The School Board encourages and will accept written summaries of a presentation.
4. Speakers are expected to present their comments in a respectful and professional manner. Vulgarity, character abuse, or specific complaints identifying staff or students will not be permitted.
The School Board will not respond to your comments. The Superintendent may be asked to respond to you at a separate time. The Board Chair or designee will terminate the remarks of any individual that does not adhere to the established guidelines.
1. Routine complaints about a teacher or other employee should first be directed to that teacher or employee or to the employee’s immediate supervisor.
2. If the complaint is against an employee relating to child abuse, discrimination, racial, religious, or sexual harassment, or other activities involving an intimidating atmosphere, the complaint should be directed to the employee’s supervisor or other official as designated in the school district policy governing that kind of complaint. In the absence of a designated person, the matter should be referred to the Superintendent.
3. Unresolved complaints from Paragraph 1. of this section or problems concerning the school district should be directed to the Superintendent’s office.
4. Complaints which are unresolved at the Superintendent’s level may be brought before the School Board by notifying the School Board in writing.
The table below displays the budget for South Washington County Schools:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
South Washington County Schools employed 1,105 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the United Teachers of South Washington County for 2012-2013:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 15||35,921||60,661|
|BA + 30||36,873||62,783|
|BA + 45||38,002||64,747|
|BA + 60 or MA||39,719||70,968|
|MA + 15||40,999||72,893|
|MA + 30||42,134||74,760|
|MA + 45||43,153||76,782|
Schools in South Washington County Schools
South Washington County Schools serves 17,007 students. South Washington County Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.
South Washington County Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|South Washington County Schools|
|Armstrong Elementary School|
|Bailey Elementary School|
|Cottage Grove Elementary School|
|Cottage Grove Middle School|
|Crestview Elementary School|
|East Ridge High School|
|Grey Cloud Elementary School|
|Hillside Elementary School|
|Lake Middle School|
|Liberty Ridge Elementary School|
|Middleton Elementary School|
|Newport Elementary School|
|Oltman Middle School|
|Park High School|
|Pine Hill Elementary School|
|Pullman Elementary School|
|Red Rock Elementary School|
|Royal Oaks Elementary School|
|South Washington Alternative High School|
|Valley Crossing Elementary School|
|Woodbury Elementary School|
|Woodbury Middle School|
|Woodbury High School|
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades 3 through 8, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.
Last rated on December 24, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Provides information on taxes and 'Truth in Taxation' documents.
- Budgets, current and past, are posted.
- School board meeting notices, agendas, minutes and streaming video of meetings are posted.
- School board members are listed with individual contact information.
- A district directory provides contact information for administrative officials and others.
- Audits are posted.
- There is information on how the district performs on state-mandated testing.
- There is information on contracts posted.
- There is no information on how to perform a public records request.
- Minnesota school districts
- List of school districts in Minnesota
- South Washington County Schools elections (2013)
- School board elections portal
- South Washington County Schools
- United Teachers of South Washington County
- Washington County, Minnesota
- Minnesota Department of Education
- Minnesota School Boards Association
- MinnCAN, "South Washington County School District," accessed February 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Washington County, Minnesota," accessed February 11, 2014
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
- South Washington County Schools, "Superintendent," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "District 833 School Board," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "School Board Members," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "Public Participation in School Board Meetings/Complaints about Persons at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "District Revenues and Expenditures Budget for FY 2013 and FY 2014," accessed November 26, 2013
- Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "Agreement between the United Teachers of South Washington County and South Washington County Schools," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "Home," accessed February 11, 2014
- Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
- Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
- Pioneer Press, "South Washington County," accessed February 11, 2014
- South Washington County Schools, "Finance," accessed December 24, 2012
- South Washington County Schools, "District Offices," accessed December 24, 2012
- South Washington County Schools, "Annual Report," accessed December 24, 2012
- South Washington County Schools, "Contracts," accessed December 24, 2012