Facility study points to maintenance costs and management of enrollment growth

Eastern Carver County Schools has been a growing district for decades. Apart from a few, individual years when enrollment was flat or declined slightly, every school year brings higher enrollment. While Eastern Carver County Schools opened a new elementary school last year, some of its schools are nearly 50 years old. We’re like a parent in a demographic sandwich, who’s caring for young children and aging parents at the same time. To navigate this situation, the school district conducted a facilities study in early 2018 led by Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. Keep schools in good shape The results, which the School Board heard on Monday, say Eastern Carver County Schools is facing more than $150 million in maintenance costs over the next 10 years. The 2015 referendum provided $7.5 million for deferred maintenance, and like a residential home, upkeep is an ongoing need. The study analyzed each school in detail. Issues identified include heating and ventilation systems,... Continue reading Facility study points to maintenance costs and management of enrollment growth

What’s happening next year with Empower and standards-based learning?

A number of surveys and in-person meetings around standards-based learning have happened this school year (2017-18) with students, teachers and parents. A variety of work has been happening all year, and the result of it will be evident this coming fall. Next school year, expect the following action steps to be completed: Most relevant for parents/guardians are technical improvements to Empower. The student interface will be revamped, and a feature added to give quicker access to assignment feedback and grades. Overall, these adjustments will create a more user-friendly experience. High school principals will work with teachers more closely on the implementation phases for standards-based learning. Some of the teaching and assessment practices required for standards-based learning are different from the way some teachers were trained originally. They need more time to introduce practices in their classrooms that support personalized learning and standards-based learning. This will... Continue reading What’s happening next year with Empower and standards-based learning?

Deferred maintenance: Keeping our schools up-to-date

One of the most significant parts of the 2015 referendum — and the least known — was $7.5 milllion for deferred maintenance. Our schools are exceptionally-maintained and, apart from the architecture, it is difficult to tell that a few of them are nearly 50 years old. On-going maintenance is how we keep buildings looking good and and operating efficiently. Deferred maintenance may not be as exciting as opening a new school. Yet, it is essential to preserve past investments the public has made in Eastern Carver County Schools. Deferred maintenance dollars from the 2015 referendum reached most schools in the district. Here are some of the major repairs and updates. Keep in mind that for every large item on this list, there are a half-dozen smaller items, like carpet repairs in an office or tile repairs to a bathroom. Bluff Creek Elementary: re-roofing Chanhassen Elementary School: re-roofing Clover Ridge Elementary School: pavement repair Chaska High School: re-roofing,... Continue reading Deferred maintenance: Keeping our schools up-to-date

5th graders debate the topics of the day

On Tuesday, May 29, 30 fifth-grade students attended Eastern Carver County Schools’ annual Lincoln-Douglas debates. The students debated in the historic Church by the River in downtown Carver. Guest attorney, Steven Pattee, also offered his time to facilitate a mock trial at Carver Place. Eastern Carver County Schools Debates are coordinated by District 112 Elementary Gifted Services teachers.    ... Continue reading 5th graders debate the topics of the day

Capstone project promotes AED awareness

For their Capstone project, three Chanhassen High School juniors this year helped coaches know where to find life-saving equipment. Matthew Boyum, Ben Gustafson, and John Morley worked with Athletic Director Cullen Bahn to develop a presentation to show coaches locations of all AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) around district athletic facilities. Defibrillators are used to restart someone’s heart in the event of a heart attack by delivering a precise electric shock. The juniors then applied to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for a $2,000 grant to purchase an AED for the Eastern Carver County Athletic Center, which opened in December of 2017. The AED, is located at the main entrance of the Athletic Center. Capstone is a graduation requirement in Eastern Carver County Schools, where students must develop a project that engages or benefits the community beyond their school. It is a real-world application of classroom... Continue reading Capstone project promotes AED awareness