Following through on a 2015 referendum pledge, the district will have land in Chaska for a future elementary school. The School Board approved a purchase agreement for 2.45 acres of land in southwest Chaska. The land is northeast of the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 44 (Big Woods Boulevard).
In February, the district and the City of Chaska negotiated purchase of 3.2 acres of land. The two parcels are adjacent and will be combined for a future elementary school site. There are no immediate plans for construction. District officials anticipate housing growth in this area of Chaska, which means school enrollment growth. The school will be next to a city park and with a shared-use agreement with the city, future students will be able to use part of the park land for recess and outdoor activities. Similar arrangements are in place for many schools in Eastern Carver County. They save taxpayers maintenance costs and create efficient use of public green space.
Eastern Carver County Schools also owns 20 acres in Victoria, which also is a potential elementary school location. The need for new schools is driven by housing and enrollment growth. Voters must also approve bond and levy referendums for the costs to build and operate new schools. No referendum elections are planned for the near future.