Your school district tax bill explained

The School Board certified its tax levy on Dec. 10. The property tax levy determines 22 percent of the district’s total revenue. The largest source, 72 percent, is from the state of Minnesota. The district’s property tax levy is increasing by 5.8 percent, but most properties in the school district will see no increase or a slight decrease to the school district portion of their tax bill. This is because that increased levy is offset by two factors: There are more properties in the school district (the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria), and property values are increasing. An increase in property valuation spreads the school district’s tax levy across a larger base, thus lowering the tax on an individual property. School district taxes, overall, have been declining since 2015 due to the growing tax base, and conservative fiscal management by the School Board and district administration. The School Board sets a tax levy each year. Tax levy items under direct... Continue reading Your school district tax bill explained

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