School district taxes still declining

Setting the school district’s property tax levy is one of the first steps the School Board takes to plan the 2019-20 budget. That started Sept. 24 when Finance and Operations Director DeeDee Kahring presented the preliminary tax levy. Kahring explained the proposal to increase the district’s tax levy by 5.88 percent will not increase taxes on most properties in Eastern Carver County Schools (the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria). This is because that proposed increased is offset by two factors: There are more properties in the school district, and property values are increasing. 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. After reviewing the preliminary tax levy, it can be adjusted based on improved enrollment estimates and any corrections from the Minnesota Department of Education. The final levy is approved at another... Continue reading School district taxes still declining

Hwy 41 construction project extended through first week of school

Families of Eastern Carver County Schools, We have been informed that Highway 41 between Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail will remain closed next week. This is our first week of school. This road has been under construction by the state of Minnesota and Carver County all summer. •    If you or your student driver needs to get around this area, please review the project web site for detours. •    If you have a student driver traveling around this area, or if you drive your student to school, please allow for extra travel time around this area. •    The Highway 41 intersections at Hundertmark and Pioneer Trail are very slow during rush hours. There is always more traffic on the first day of school. Chaska Police and the State Patrol will provide additional traffic support next week. •    District bus transportation will experience delays. Please be patient and use the free MyStop app to track the travel of your student’s bus. Multiple routes may be affected, including schools... Continue reading Hwy 41 construction project extended through first week of school

La Academia names new principal

     Gretchen Kleinsasser, Principal / La Academia & Kinder Academy Gretchen Kleinsasser has been named principal of La Academia, the district’s two-way dual language Spanish Immersion elementary school. The school also houses the district’s Kinder Academy program. Kleinsasser brings a mix of leadership experience, working in a traditional immersion school and teaching in Mexico.  Most recently, she worked in Eden Prairie Schools where she was associate principal of Oak Point Elementary School. She has served roles in that district in Q-Comp leadership and as an elementary immersion teacher. Kleinsasser has an Educational Specialist Degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s degree from Hamline University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. La Academia is a two-way immersion program that combines students from two language groups for instruction in both of their languages. In a two-way dual language... Continue reading La Academia names new principal

Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10

Eastern Carver County Schools’ new pool facility is scheduled for completion by the end of May. Community members and parents are welcome to come view the new facility at a special Open House: PRM Pool Community Open House Sunday, June 10 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School The competition sized pool, located at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, is 75 ft x 61 ft and includes 8 lanes, a separate diving well, and room for 520 spectators. The new facility will be used by students at Pioneer Ridge Middle School for personal wellness classes and district swim teams. It is also available for rent to outside user groups.... Continue reading Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10