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South Washington County Schools, Minnesota

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South Washington County Schools
Washington County, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Keith Jacobus
Enrollment:17,007 students
Graduation rate:91.0%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $249.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ron Kath
Board members:7
Term length:4
South Washington County Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 17,007 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the sixth-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

South Washington County Schools is located in Washington County, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools is located in Washington 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Washington County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 88.2 86.5
Black or African American 4.0 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.3
Asian 5.3 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Washington County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 70,203 69,137
2008 70,277 64,334
2004 61,395 65,751
2000 49,637 51,502

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


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.[6]

School board

South Washington County Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[7]

South Washington County School Board[8]
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Ron Kath 2003 2015
Tracy Brunnette 1999 2017
Katy McElwee-Stevens 2012 2017
Katie Schwartz 2013 2017
Sharon H. Van Leer 2013 2017
Jim Gelbmann 1995 2015
Laurie Johnson 2009 2015

School board elections

See also: South Washington County Schools elections (2013)

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:[9]


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.

C. Speaking

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.

D. Complaints

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.[10]


The table below displays the budget for South Washington County Schools:[11]

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
2012-2013 $177,209,513 77.4% $0 0% $26,320,080 11.5% $25,432,298 11.1% $43,081 0% $229,004,972
2013-2014 $175,492,648 78.3% $0 0% $22,851,713 10.2% $25,730,561 11.5% $37,600 0% $224,112,522
2014-2015 $178,494,409 71.5% $0 0% $42,850,022 17.2% $28,184,847 11.3% $27,680 0% $249,556,958
Averages: $177,065,523.33 76% $0 0% $30,673,938.33 13% $26,449,235.33 11% $36,120.33 0% $234,224,817.33

Teacher salaries

South Washington County Schools employed 1,105 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[12] 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:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 35,365 58,402
B.A. + 15 35,921 60,661
B.A. + 30 36,873 62,783
B.A. + 45 38,002 64,747
B.A. + 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.[2]

District schools

South Washington County Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

South Washington County Schools
School Name
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
Nuevas Fronteras
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

Academic performance

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.[15]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 86% 1061 75% 1057
2011-2012 87% 1061 77% 1057
2012-2013 74% 1058 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 65% 1156 49% 1147
2011-2012 56% 1152 43% 1146
2012-2013 68% 1156 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 70% 1054 N/A N/A
2011-2012 70% 1055 52% 1049
2012-2013 69% 1055 53% 1049

Contact information

South Washington County Schools seal.png

South Washington County Schools
7362 East Point Douglas Road S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Phone: 651-458-6300

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "South Washington County School District," accessed February 11, 2014 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Washington County, Minnesota," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. South Washington County Schools, "Superintendent," accessed February 11, 2014
  7. South Washington County Schools, "District 833 School Board," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. South Washington County Schools, "School Board Members," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. South Washington County Schools, "Finance," accessed December 11, 2014
  12. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 11, 2014
  13. South Washington County Schools, "Agreement between the United Teachers of South Washington County and South Washington County Schools," accessed February 11, 2014
  14. South Washington County Schools, "Home," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Pioneer Press, "South Washington County," accessed February 11, 2014