Growing Pains — and Opportunities

A message from the Superintendent Eastern Carver County Schools have been – and will continue to be – growing. We are honored that so many families choose our schools and want to live in our district. We also want to be sure we have appropriate spaces, ample staff and enough resources to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. Last fall, a Facilities Task Force was formed to provide recommendations to maintain learning spaces for years to come while serving a student population that is projected to continue growing. After several meetings – and building on work done earlier with the help of facilities experts and demographers – the Task Force made three recommendations: New elementary school: With 1,400 more students expected in the next five years – and two-thirds of them at the elementary level – we simply need more space. We have been deliberate and conservative in our building plans over the last several years, but... Continue reading Growing Pains — and Opportunities

2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists announced

Two seniors from Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. This achievement puts them among the top high school scholars in the country. Finalists are chosen based on their academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, leadership abilities, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Of the 15,000 Finalists nationwide, about 8,000 receive Merit Scholarship awards. All Finalists are considered for one of the 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state representational basis.                     Tanner Brady                                                       Rory Bartels Chanhassen High School                                   Chaska High School... Continue reading 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists announced

Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

Eastern Carver County Schools have been – and will continue to be – growing. We are honored that so many families choose our schools and want to live in our district. We also want to be sure we have appropriate spaces, ample staff and enough resources to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. In fall 2018, a Facilities Task Force was formed to provide recommendations that will preserve and maintain learning spaces for years to come and serve a student population that is projected to continue growing. After several meetings, the task force recommended a $110.5M bond referendum for a new elementary school ($35.5 million), deferred maintenance ($61.5 million), and a new, expanded bus garage ($13.5 million). In addition, district leaders are looking at funding needs. The district, like most Minnesota school districts, is facing increasing pressure on our operating budget. E. Carver Co. Schools also has a Security and Technology Levy that provides... Continue reading Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

Finance Department receives Certificate of Excellence

For the eighth consecutive year, the district’s Finance Department has received the Certificate of Excellence in Finance Reporting (COE) for their high quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The award recognizes excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). This honor reflects the district’s commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and accounting. Copies of the district’s financial reports, past and present, can be found... Continue reading Finance Department receives Certificate of Excellence

25th Annual Community Jazz Festival Finale Concert – Feb. 9

Chanhassen High School will host the district’s 25th Annual Community Jazz Festival on Feb. 8-9, 2019. The public is invited to attend many of the events, culminating with the Finale Concert on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 pm, Chanhassen High School Theatre. Tickets for Saturday night’s concert will be available at the door ($7 Students & Seniors; $10 Adults). Tickets are also available online at www.district112.booktix.com.  For more information please contact either Paul Swanson at (952) 556-3536. Featured this year are the talents of guest performer Grace Kelly (Saxophonist and Singer). Grace will double as clinician for the events and activities. The highlight of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Jazz Festival Finale Concert Saturday evening. This culminating event will feature the student ensembles from Chaska Middle School East, Chaska Middle School West, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, as well as Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools. The most anticipated performance of... Continue reading 25th Annual Community Jazz Festival Finale Concert – Feb. 9