Rumor:  Eastern Carver County Schools threatens to cut a 50K band program, yet has a 350 page budget and spends over 8 Million on Community Ed.  Who really pays for Community Ed? 

Reality: Per Minnesota Statute, Community Education (Community Services) is a separate fund and receives its funding separate from the School District. These funds DO NOT come from the District’s general fund budget nor does the school district spend any of its general fund budget on these programs.   By Minnesota Statute, Community Education must be included in our budget and audit reports and submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education on an annual basis.  The 2019 Referendum does NOT include any funding for Community Education programs or services.

Community Education receives nearly 70% of their funding from community members who participate in community education programs and classes.  Certain community education programs receive funding from a combination of state aid and local levy.  This includes Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Age Child Care (children with disabilities who attend before and after child care).  Community Education receives about 18% of its funding in state aid with only 11.3% of its funding from local taxes.  Community Education programs provides learning opportunities for our community’s youngest learners, adult learners and afterschool programs for all students.

Community Education programs include:

  • Preschool
  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Youth Enrichment Programs
  • School Readiness
  • Adult Enrichment
  • Child Care