School Board Election Results 2018

Seven candidates were running for four at-large seats on Eastern Carver County Schools’ Board of Education. Unofficial results show that voters selected incumbents Lisa Anderson, Fred Berg and Tim Klein. Voters also chose Jennifer Stone, who will join the board in January. Results are unofficial until canvassed by the School Board, which occurs at its next regular meeting, Nov. 12. Detailed results are available from Carver... Continue reading School Board Election Results 2018

We are 1 of 3 to receive Meritorious Budget Award

For the second year in a row, Eastern Carver County Schools’ Finance Department received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The district is one of three in the state of Minnesota to receive this honor. The award recognizes easy-to-read and accurate budget documents that clearly communicate the district’s goals and objectives, and build credibility and trust with the community. District finance documents, including the 2018-19 budget, are always posted online for our community to access. In addition, the district has received seven consecutive awards (2011-2017) for excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by ASBO. These honors reflect the districts commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and... Continue reading We are 1 of 3 to receive Meritorious Budget Award

Learn more about Empower Oct. 10 & 15

Get a virtual introduction to Empower, an online tool for tracking student learning! Eastern Carver County Schools staff invites you to a webinar to learn more about the basics of Empower and understanding how learning is reported. Members of the district’s Teaching & Learning Department will walk you through Empower and answer your questions. This is an optional, free, online meeting. Attend at your convenience. We want to make sure you are ready to review information in Empower as you attend teacher conferences this month. A number of updates to Empower have been made this year, in response to feedback from teachers, parents/guardians and students. Join us at one of these two dates: Wednesday, Oct. 10 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. The webinar is hosted by Zoom and you can join via desktop web browser or with an app on your iOS or Android phone. Get the free software or browser plug-in you need from... Continue reading Learn more about Empower Oct. 10 & 15

Public task force to look to district’s future, including 2019 referendum

Important planning around demographic and facility studies were the focus of Monday night’s School Board meeting. Eastern Carver County Schools administration completed these studies over the summer and presented them to the School Board over the last two months. The next step, discussed on Sept. 24, is to convene a task force consisting of parents, two school board members, and school and district administration. This group will prioritize needs for new construction needed to match enrollment growth and for essential school maintenance. The task force will make recommendations to the board in early 2019. In the spring, the board will begin its process to decide what to ask of the public in a referendum in November 2019. Demographic wave The demographic study showed that Eastern Carver County Schools’ growth is accelerating due to new home construction. In the next four years, 1,000 additional students are predicted to enroll in Eastern Carver County Schools, primarily at... Continue reading Public task force to look to district’s future, including 2019 referendum

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