Final budget reductions approved by School Board

At its Feb. 24 meeting, the School Board approved final budget reductions for FY 2020-21, FY 2021-22, and a two-phased reduction plan for the following year.  The two phases are a combination of options that will occur in FY 2022-23 (transportation insourcing, the closure of East Union, for example) as well as other future considerations in the event of budget shortfalls or unrealized savings.  Final recommendations were presented by Director of Finance and Operations, DeeDee Kahring.  The district has made over $10 million in cuts over the last 10 years, making every effort to keep those reductions away from the classroom. With the failure of the operating levy (question one) in the November referendum, the school district needed to make over $10 million in cuts over the next three years, at least $5 million in the upcoming school year. The approval for these budget reductions comes after months of planning from district leadership and building teams, and takes into account feedback... Continue reading Final budget reductions approved by School Board

Eighth grade students bring history to life

The Chaska Middle School East gym was reverberating last Thursday, both with sound and excitement from 8th graders eager to show off their National History Day chops. National History Day is an interdisciplinary research project for students that teaches them to: Conduct in-depth research Use primary and secondary sources Read a variety of texts Analyze and synthesize information Write and present historical content This year’s theme was “Breaking Barriers.” Students choose a topic that relates to that theme, research that topic, and present their research in one of five presentation categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, or Website. More than 50 students from both Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools met with all CMSE 8th graders during their School Showcase. Eighth graders presented to high school students and received feedback from them on their projects.  Those students who wanted to compete did so throughout the day, where they met with a team of adult... Continue reading Eighth grade students bring history to life

Community and staff input important in superintendent search

The School Board has contracted with superintendent search firm School Exec Connect to assist with identifying superintendent candidates. Current superintendent Clint Christopher has accepted a superintendent position in the Muscatine School District with a start date of July 1. To begin the process, School Exec Connect consultants will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students, and community members individually and in focus groups. These meetings will identify the strengths, challenges, opportunities, and goals of our district, and the qualities or skills we would like to see in a superintendent. Complete online survey by March 6 District staff, parents, and community members have the opportunity to give written feedback to the search firm through an online survey. This feedback will be helpful in developing a profile of the desired skills and characteristics of the next superintendent. You may share your confidential feedback with School Exec Connect by completing... Continue reading Community and staff input important in superintendent search

Superintendent search begins

The Eastern Carver County School Board has contracted with a superintendent search firm, School Exec Connect, to assist with identifying superintendent candidates. Current superintendent Clint Christopher has accepted a superintendent position in the Muscatine School District with a start date of July 1. To begin the process, School Exec Connect consultants will meet with board members, school staff, parents, students and community members individually and in focus groups. These meetings will determine the challenges, strengths, and goals of our district, and the qualities or skills we would like to see in a superintendent. In addition, all staff and community members will have the opportunity to give written feedback to the search firm through a survey that will be shared on the district website. Using this feedback, a profile will be developed of the desired skills and characteristics in our next superintendent. The initial search and hiring timeline is as follows: February –... Continue reading Superintendent search begins

Additional opportunities to provide feedback on budget

As the Eastern Carver County School Board continues its consideration of the budget reduction plan, it continues to hear from and meet with members of the community to gather feedback about the proposed budget reductions. At its January 29 Community Forum at Chanhassen High School, district officials presented the plan and then heard from attendees. That presentation can be found HERE.  The Proposed Budget Containment summary can be found HERE. Three additional opportunities have been added for community members to ask questions and provide feedback before the board makes a decision at its February 24 meeting: Thursday, Feb. 13  / 9-10 am Chaska Community Center Brick City/Community Room Tuesday, Feb. 18  / 4:30-5:30 pm East Union Elementary Room TBD Wednesday, Feb. 19  / 1-2 pm Victoria Recreation Center Room “B” Feedback is also welcomed via 112feedback@district112.org or by leaving a voicemail at 952-556-6107. All feedback gathered is compiled and shared with the Board as they... Continue reading Additional opportunities to provide feedback on budget