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Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

The short answer is no. After yesterday’s cancellation, all of our schools still meet the statutory minimums for instructional minutes. We are monitoring our current status by calculating days and minutes given the weather related cancellations/adjustments to schedules. Statute requires independent school districts to schedule at least 165 instructional days; we are fortunate to have a calendar with 173 student contact days as well as more instructional minutes than required. The decision to make up lost instructional time would be made by the school board, which sets the school calendar and has the authority to make changes. We will notify families should any days be added to the school... Continue reading Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

Eastern Carver County Schools have been – and will continue to be – growing. We are honored that so many families choose our schools and want to live in our district. We also want to be sure we have appropriate spaces, ample staff and enough resources to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. In fall 2018, a Facilities Task Force was formed to provide recommendations that will preserve and maintain learning spaces for years to come and serve a student population that is projected to continue growing. After several meetings, the task force recommended a $110.5M bond referendum for a new elementary school ($35.5 million), deferred maintenance ($61.5 million), and a new, expanded bus garage ($13.5 million). In addition, district leaders are looking at funding needs. The district, like most Minnesota school districts, is facing increasing pressure on our operating budget. E. Carver Co. Schools also has a Security and Technology Levy that provides a separate... Continue reading Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

District reviews operating budget and funding gaps

Like most Minnesota school districts, E. Carver Co. Schools is facing increasing pressure on the district’s operating budget. The district relies on state and local funding to operate its schools – to pay staff, buy classroom materials, fund academic programs, and more. For the past 15 years, state funding has not kept pace with inflation. This has resulted in a nearly $620 per student gap this year, totaling more than $6 million in lost funding this year alone and more than $60 million over the last 10 years. Expenses are outpacing revenue and the district is not fully reimbursed for the important special education services we provide. This is the time of year when the district reviews its academic program and staffing needs. It is also waiting to learn what funding the district will receive from the State of Minnesota. The legislature’s decision on public funding will help the district know how big of a budget gap we need to fill moving forward. One way to fill this funding gap is... Continue reading District reviews operating budget and funding gaps

With enrollment growing 1,400 students in 5 years, task force recommends new school

District also needs $62 million in deferred maintenance to sustain older schools After four months of study, the district’s Facility Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board on matters related to deferred maintenance and enrollment growth at two meetings in January. The first recommendation was that the district needs an updated bus garage. The current garage can hold 50 buses and the district currently operates more than 100 buses. The garage needs additional mechanical bays, wash bays, and more land for parking and space. The second part of the recommendation focused on enrollment growth and deferred maintenance (long-term building and facility maintenance). DeeDee Kahring, director of finance and operations, who also led the task force, began by discussing an updated demographic study. That study, completed by Davis Demographics in January 2019, shows an overall enrollment increase of 1,400 students in five years, with approximately 875 of those students in the... Continue reading With enrollment growing 1,400 students in 5 years, task force recommends new school

Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled to Feb. 4

The Middle School Transition Night for 5th grade parents has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. ​​ (This meeting was previously scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 31) Plan to join us Monday evening to meet the Pioneer Ridge staff, hear about topics such as class options, and get answers to your questions. This meeting is for parents; students do not need to attend. Middle School Transition Night / 5th grade parents Monday, Feb. 4 — 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School 1085 Pioneer Trail,... Continue reading Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled to Feb. 4

Pioneer Trail road closure expected to last several weeks

The district has received confirmation from the City of Chaska that the Pioneer Trail road closure between Hwy 41 and Village Rd. is anticipated to last several weeks as City and County staff complete the necessary repairs. Our understanding is that there are more extensive repairs required on and beneath Pioneer Trail. The road is closed both ways between Village Road & Hwy 41. Jonathan Elementary is accessible from Village Road. Parents and students are encouraged to find alternate routes while this major road is closed. Watch for updated information about the road construction on the City of Chaska... Continue reading Pioneer Trail road closure expected to last several weeks

Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

The District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Program (Teacher of the Year) celebrates innovative teachers in pursuit of the best possible public education for students in our district. Each year, we recognize these professionals by awarding them grants to support continued innovation in the classroom. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to share your nomination by March 1 for this year’s Excellence in Education Award. Read more and complete the simple online application... Continue reading Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

Apply For School Meal Benefits

Eastern Carver County Schools Parents/Guardians: We recognize that economic situations change throughout the year for families in our community. At this time of year with the new semester, we want to remind all Eastern Carver County Schools families that free and reduced price meals are available for students who qualify. Parents/guardians may apply for meal benefits at any point throughout the year, and as often as their financial situation or household size changes. This includes temporary situations like changes in seasonal work. For more information about the Application for Educational Benefits, or to access a paper or online application, please visit our Nutrition Services webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact Julie Eklund, Nutrition Services Specialist, at 952-556-6152 or... Continue reading Apply For School Meal Benefits

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 2

Join us for a morning of free family fun to celebrate reading and the arts! Saturday, February 2 9 am to Noon Chanhassen High School This year’s event features Susan Verde, author of several award-winning children’s books including I Am Yoga, You and Me, and The Water Princess. In addition to writing books for kids, she also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages. Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is a community-wide celebration in support of literacy and the arts. The event integrates literacy and the arts in an imaginative and innovative way through activities, performances, and books by local authors.  The annual event is a partnership between Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education and the Carver County Library. This is the 14th annual Hooked on Books event. Thank you to this year’s event sponsors:  Chaska Rotary, Chanhassen Rotary, Ridgeview Medical Center, Wings Financial Credit Union, Culver’s of Chaska, Qdoba, Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald,... Continue reading Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 2

Board approves school calendars for next two years

At its regular meeting on Dec. 10, the School Board approved the school calendars for the next two years. All students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will start school the day after Labor Day. New next year: the district has added two assessment days for grades K-5 during the week before Labor Day. Completing these “Assess & Connect” sessions for students in kindergarten through grade 5 will allow teachers to plan and deliver personalized instruction sooner. Targeted reading instruction and interventions can also begin earlier in the year. Students in grades K-5 will be released two days earlier than middle and high school students in the spring of 2020 and 2021. 2019-2020 calendar highlights include: Aug. 27-28 — Assess & Connect grades K-5 Sept.2 — Labor Day Sept. 3 — 1st day of school grades K-12 Oct. 17-18 — No School/Education MN Nov. 1 — No School/Conference-Workshop Nov. 27-29 — Thanksgiving Break Dec. 2  — No... Continue reading Board approves school calendars for next two years