District to develop budget proposal to address shortfalls

The November 5th Referendum asked for an operating levy increase of $550 per student, or approximately $5.6 million per year to continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment in our district. The operating levy was not approved by voters. Without this funding, expenses will continue to outpace revenue and the district now needs to make budget cuts moving forward. For years, state funding has not kept pace with inflation or increasing operating costs, and does not close the funding gap for our special education services. The district has worked hard over the last decade to implement cost containment measures to minimize classroom impacts.  These budget cuts totaled nearly $10 million in the last decade – including $3.5 million in the last three years alone. Over the last two years, the School Board chose to use $5.6 million in fund balance in addition to those cuts to avoid impacts on... Continue reading District to develop budget proposal to address shortfalls

District 112 Foundation Awards Fall Teacher Grants

The District 112 Foundation has been making teachers’ dreams for students a reality by awarding grants to district teachers who submit proposals for innovative classroom projects. All grants must align with Eastern Carver County Schools’ learning philosophy of engaging, inspiring and empowering students to achieve their personal best. Grants are scored on criteria that include innovation, sustainability, scalability, educational value, student impact, and the ability to leverage community support or funding. Eighteen grants across thirteen schools were submitted this fall, and in November the District 112 Foundation funded six grants totaling nearly $7,000. These grants will impact more than 1,800 students. The primary goal of the District 112 Foundation is to fund creative and innovative learning programs not typically covered in the normal school budget. Since 2004, the Foundation has granted more than $210,000 directly to the classroom through our Excellence and Innovation grants... Continue reading District 112 Foundation Awards Fall Teacher Grants

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? Growing up, my parents owned a restaurant in Bangladesh and this is where my passion for food and cooking comes from, so working for Nutrition Services is a very comfortable fit for me.  What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first worked at Chaska Elementary kitchen, a little boy asked why I was so small. My thought was that I should encourage him to eat healthy like eating more vegetables so the answer I gave him was that I should have listened to my parents to eat more vegetables. Maybe I would have grown taller! The look on his face was priceless.  What is your favorite thing to cook at home? I live to eat, and I cook a lot of Chinese and Indian food. But my favorite thing to cook is spicy Indian dishes, like chicken, beef, mutton, or fish curry.  What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Gardening – but that’s usually in the summer.  Who... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

Weather related changes for Nov. 27

Due to the approaching major winter storm, the following changes have been made to programs and activities in Eastern Carver County Schools for Wednesday, Nov. 27. All district buildings will be closed until 3:00 p.m. to allow for snow removal. District activities and practices can go on as scheduled after 3:00 p.m. Activities sponsored by outside user groups are cancelled all day. Club Care/Kidz Venture is cancelled. StormHawks Full-Day Preschool & Care is cancelled. There is no school Nov. 27-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. No school on Monday, Dec. 2, for teacher workshop. Watch www.district112.org for... Continue reading Weather related changes for Nov. 27

New grant program helps school gardens grow

Eastern Carver County Schools is excited to launch a new School Garden Grant Program.  Funds for these grants are being generously provided by a community donor over the next five years.  These grants will expand school gardens in the district and enhance outdoor learning experiences for students. Seven school gardens currently serve as a source of learning for students throughout the district. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, and math/engineering often creatively incorporate their school garden into standards-based lesson plans to learn about topics such as life-cycle, germination, the history of the land, and more. Not only do students enjoy the school gardens and have fun taking care of them, but they also walk away with a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship. This sustainable model makes for great learning opportunities. The School Garden Grant Program is open to employees of Eastern Carver County Schools to request funds... Continue reading New grant program helps school gardens grow