Your school district tax bill explained

The School Board certified its tax levy on Dec. 10. The property tax levy determines 22 percent of the district’s total revenue. The largest source, 72 percent, is from the state of Minnesota. The district’s property tax levy is increasing by 5.8 percent, but most properties in the school district will see no increase or a slight decrease to the school district portion of their tax bill. This is because that increased levy is offset by two factors: There are more properties in the school district (the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria), and property values are increasing. An increase in property valuation spreads the school district’s tax levy across a larger base, thus lowering the tax on an individual property. 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. The School Board sets a tax levy each year. Tax levy items under direct... Continue reading Your school district tax bill explained

Board approves school calendars for next two years

At its regular meeting on Dec. 10, the School Board approved the school calendars for the next two years. All students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will start school the day after Labor Day. New next year: the district has added two assessment days for grades K-5 during the week before Labor Day. Completing these “Assess & Connect” sessions for students in kindergarten through grade 5 will allow teachers to plan and deliver personalized instruction sooner. Targeted reading instruction and interventions can also begin earlier in the year. Students in grades K-5 will be released two days earlier than middle and high school students in the spring of 2020 and 2021. 2019-2020 calendar highlights include: Aug. 27-28 — Assess & Connect grades K-5 Sept.2 — Labor Day Sept. 3 — 1st day of school grades K-12 Oct. 17-18 — No School/Education MN Nov. 1 — No School/Conference-Workshop Nov. 27-29 — Thanksgiving Break Dec. 2  — No... Continue reading Board approves school calendars for next two years

District welcomes new leadership for 2018-19 school year

Kelli Krick Oborn, Specialized Education Supervisor Kellie has worked in the field of special education for more than 20 years. Most of her teaching career was with St. Paul and Minneapolis Schools, teaching in both mainstream and center-based special education classrooms. Most recently, she spent several years preparing special educators at the University of St. Thomas. Kellie supervises specialized education programs at Chaska Middle School East and West, Jonathan and Clover Ridge Elementary, and La Academia. Michelle Cuka, Specialized Education Supervisor Before joining E. Carver Co. Schools Specialized Services, Michele worked in St. Louis Park, New Prague and Shakopee. In her new role, she supervises the 9-12+ programs at STAR, Chaska High School, Chanhassen High School, Integrated Arts Academy, and the district’s 17-21 program. Kim Franta, Nutrition Services Director Prior to joining our district, Kim served as director of Nutrition Services at New Prague Area Schools for 3 ½... Continue reading District welcomes new leadership for 2018-19 school year

District 112 Foundation Fall Grants Awarded

District 112 Foundation has funded eight teacher grant requests for a total of $15,000 in awarded funds.   1 & 2. Chanhassen Sensory Room (Chanhassen High School) and The Reset Room (Chaska High School) These grants support the creation of rooms where staff could encourage students to go for a quick reset when they are dealing with anxiety, high stress, or high emotions. The rooms will give students the opportunity to regain composure and assist them in self-regulating behavior in an appropriate space. ​ 3. Extending Makerspace: Circulating Makerspace Kits (Chaska Middle School East) This grant provides for expansion on the weekly offering of Makerspace sessions during WIN time. By creating mini Makerspace kits that can be checked out by staff or learners, CMSE will expand the Makerspace Learning Center program into classrooms and exponentially increase learners’ opportunities to enrich and extend their learning. 4. Next Generation of Music Education (Chaska Middle School West)... Continue reading District 112 Foundation Fall Grants Awarded

Facility task force helping prioritize our “to-do” list

A chill in the air means that for many, the holiday season is approaching and fall parent-teacher conferences have wrapped up. It’s also the time we raise the dome over the Athletic Center. This is our community’s second season with athletic fields protected from the weather. This is going to be a community amenity for years to come. Students at Pioneer Ridge Middle School are now swimming as part of their personal wellness classes. Carver Elementary and the additions at Victoria and Clover Ridge elementary schools now operate as if they were always there. We hear from families in other school districts who view our facilities and our excellent curriculum with envy. We’re grateful for the support of our community in the 2015 referendum that provided these facilities. Survey results indicate 93 percent of residents rate the quality of our schools as good or excellent, one of the highest results in the metro area. We do not take any of it for granted. After the first few years, new... Continue reading Facility task force helping prioritize our “to-do” list

School Board Election Results 2018

Seven candidates were running for four at-large seats on Eastern Carver County Schools’ Board of Education. Unofficial results show that voters selected incumbents Lisa Anderson, Fred Berg and Tim Klein. Voters also chose Jennifer Stone, who will join the board in January. Results are unofficial until canvassed by the School Board, which occurs at its next regular meeting, Nov. 12. Detailed results are available from Carver... Continue reading School Board Election Results 2018