Return to School Update: July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020 Dear ECCS Community: Like all of you, district leadership has been anxiously awaiting the Governor’s announcement about the start of the 2020-21 school year. As a public school district, we have two primary duties: to provide an exceptional education for our students, and to do so in a safe and healthy environment. Right now, our work is focused on how to do both of those things for our school communities. This is what we learned today from Governor Walz: Districts will decide what model they will start school with based on consultation with public health officials and data around the number of cases per 10,000 in a county over a 14-day period. Transition between models will also be based on that data.  Based on what we know right now through the data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, we anticipate that Eastern Carver County Schools may return to school in some sort of a hybrid learning model. We will be working with the MN Department of Education, MDH,... Continue reading Return to School Update: July 30, 2020

Interested in running for school board? Here’s what you need to know.

Filing an affidavit of candidacy for school board opens July 28 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 11, 2020.  Interested candidates should download the district packet here.  Hard copies of this packet are also available at the District Education Center, 11 Peavey Road, Chaska, from 8:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday.  Those interested in running for school board should also visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Become a Candidate site and Campaign Filing Packet site for more information and campaign paperwork. The affidavit of candidacy must be completed, notarized and returned with a $2.00 filing fee and a copy of candidate’s driver’s license. Mail in with the filing fee and copy of driver’s license to the Election Coordinator at 11 Peavey Road, Chaska, MN 55318 Scan the affidavit of candidacy and driver’s license and send via email to and pay the filing fee online here. Drop off completed, notarized affidavit, copy of driver’s license and... Continue reading Interested in running for school board? Here’s what you need to know.

Parent Portal student data to rollover to new school year July 22

On Wednesday, July 22, the district’s Parent Portal system will officially rollover to the 2020-21 school year. This annual change of student information will allow staff to work on schedules and enrollment for the upcoming school year. How will this change affect parents/guardians and students? •  Parents/guardians and students will be unable to access 2019-20 schedule, attendance, and grades information in Portal for their student after July 21, 2020. After this date, requests for this information can be made directly to your child’s school. •  Parents/guardians and students will no longer have access to transcript information for students who graduated in June. (Final transcript information can be found at •  Some schools may disable access to next year’s student schedule information on Portal until schedules are finalized…. Usually around... Continue reading Parent Portal student data to rollover to new school year July 22

Douglas Bullinger named next principal at Chanhassen High School

Eastern Carver County School District is excited to announce that Douglas Bullinger will serve as Chanhassen High School’s next principal. Bullinger will start his role as soon as possible and follows Dick Ungar who announced his retirement earlier this year. Bullinger has over 15 years of experience in education, serving most recently as Lead Principal at Hopkins High School. Prior to that position, he was the Continuous Improvement Coordinator at Mounds View Public Schools, where he also served as Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. He started his career as a high school chemistry and physics teacher, working in both the Osseo and Edina school districts. Bullinger has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and St. Catherine University. He received his bachelor of science in Chemistry, his master’s in education, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.... Continue reading Douglas Bullinger named next principal at Chanhassen High School

District recognized for excellence in financial reporting

For the fourth year in a row, Eastern Carver County Schools’ Finance Department received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The award recognizes easy-to-read and accurate budget documents that clearly communicate the district’s goals and objectives, and build credibility and trust with the community. In addition, earlier this year the district received the Certificate of Excellence in Finance Reporting Award. The district has earned this recognition for the past nine years (2011-2019). This award recognizes excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by ASBO. These honors reflect the districts commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and accounting. District finance documents, including the 2020-21 budget, are always posted online for our community to access.... Continue reading District recognized for excellence in financial reporting

Change.Org Petition

Eastern Carver County Schools is aware of a petition circulating that makes strong allegations against our new assistant superintendent, Erin Rathke. Minneapolis Public Schools conducted an investigation and found the claims without merit. Below is their statement summarizing that investigation. We take very seriously our responsibility as educators to safeguard our students, and thoroughly vetted her before her hire. We look forward to her work in our district to improve outcomes for all our students. Statement from Minneapolis Public Schools We are aware of the petition demanding Principal Rathke’s resignation for events that occurred at Edison High School when she was an assistant principal five years ago. After a thorough investigation, we have determined there was no violation of MPS policy, and in fact, Principal Rathke was not actively involved in this situation. We did not request Principal Rathke’s resignation, and the only reason we accepted it is because she has... Continue reading Change.Org Petition