District recognized for excellence in financial reporting

For the fourth 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 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. In addition, earlier this year the district received the Certificate of Excellence in Finance Reporting Award. The district has earned this recognition for the past nine years (2011-2019). This award recognizes excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by ASBO. These honors reflect the districts commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and accounting. District finance documents, including the 2020-21 budget, are always posted online for our community to access.... Continue reading District recognized for excellence in financial reporting

Erin Rathke named next assistant superintendent at Eastern Carver County Schools

Eastern Carver County School District is excited to name Erin Rathke as the next assistant superintendent of schools.  Rathke will start in mid-July and succeeds Amy LaDue, who departed the district in late June. Currently principal at Minneapolis Public Schools’ Justice Page Middle School, Rathke brings 20 years of diverse experience in urban and suburban districts to the role. She has held leadership and teaching roles at the middle and high school levels, as well as district level role in instructional development and support.  Rathke’s background positions her well to partner with principals and teaching staff to enhance Eastern Carver County Schools’ already strong academics.  She is a data-driven leader with a proven track record of success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology health science from Concordia University. She has a master’s degree in social justice from St. Cloud State University, and an education specialist degree in administration from St. Cloud State... Continue reading Erin Rathke named next assistant superintendent at Eastern Carver County Schools

What will fall look like for students?

Three scenarios are being considered. The number one question on the minds of our families is what fall will look like for our students.  Since before school got out, ECCS leadership has been meeting to plan for three different scenarios: in-person, distance learning, and a hybrid model that combines both.  Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released guidance to all schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year. The state guidance aligns with the planning already underway in our district and focuses on the following:  Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students.  In this scenario, schools are directed to identify ways to minimize close contact and follow required and recommended MDH guidelines. Scenario 2: Hybrid model, in-person and distance learning.  In this scenario, schools are directed to plan for strict social distancing and capacity limits. Scenario 3: Distance learning only.  In this scenario,... Continue reading What will fall look like for students?

A message from the School Board

The end of the school year is always a time for celebration.  It’s a time to acknowledge the growth of students, academically and emotionally, mark transitions, and greet the coming of summer.  This year, those celebrations looked and felt very different. With the outbreak of COVID-19, our students left school a few days shy of Spring Break and never returned to their buildings. They learned from – and connected with – their teachers and their friends – via screens.  They said goodbye virtually, or from the edge of their driveways, waving as a parade of teachers drove past. The global health crisis wasn’t the only challenge faced by our district this year.  A much-needed referendum failed in the fall, resulting in millions of dollars of budget cuts and the loss of many outstanding educators and staff.  As a Board, we feel the responsibility and grieve the impact of these departures with our community.  Superintendent Clint Christopher announced he was leaving,... Continue reading A message from the School Board

Lisa Sayles-Adams named next ECCS Superintendent

  At a special meeting on June 8, 2020, the Eastern Carver County School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract of Lisa Sayles-Adams as the district’s next superintendent. Sayles-Adams’ selection came after a rigorous interview process that included interviews with students, staff, and the community. “This has been a challenging year for our district,” Board Chair Jeff Ross, Ph.D., said.  “We knew we needed a dynamic, strong leader, not just to raise the already high quality of education for our students, but to help bring together our community.  In Lisa we have found a truly outstanding leader with the skills and background to deliver the excellence we all expect.  She showed tonight she’s ready to hit the ground running, has the complete skill set we were seeking, and we are excited  for what her leadership will accomplish for our students, staff, and community.” During her interview, Sayles-Adams talked about the district’s academic strength and commitment to... Continue reading Lisa Sayles-Adams named next ECCS Superintendent