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 change.org 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
Eastern Carver County School District is excited to name Erin Rathke as the next assistant superintendent of schools. Rathke will start in mid-July and succeeds Amy LaDue, who departed the district in late June. Currently principal at Minneapolis Public Schools’ Justice Page Middle School, Rathke brings 20 years of diverse experience in urban and suburban districts to the role. She has held leadership and teaching roles at the middle and high school levels, as well as district level role in instructional development and support. Rathke’s background positions her well to partner with principals and teaching staff to enhance Eastern Carver County Schools’ already strong academics. She is a data-driven leader with a proven track record of success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology health science from Concordia University. She has a master’s degree in social justice from St. Cloud State University, and an education specialist degree in administration from St. Cloud State... Continue reading Erin Rathke named next assistant superintendent at Eastern Carver County Schools
Three scenarios are being considered. The number one question on the minds of our families is what fall will look like for our students. Since before school got out, ECCS leadership has been meeting to plan for three different scenarios: in-person, distance learning, and a hybrid model that combines both. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released guidance to all schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year. The state guidance aligns with the planning already underway in our district and focuses on the following: Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. In this scenario, schools are directed to identify ways to minimize close contact and follow required and recommended MDH guidelines. Scenario 2: Hybrid model, in-person and distance learning. In this scenario, schools are directed to plan for strict social distancing and capacity limits. Scenario 3: Distance learning only. In this scenario,... Continue reading What will fall look like for students?
The end of the school year is always a time for celebration. It’s a time to acknowledge the growth of students, academically and emotionally, mark transitions, and greet the coming of summer. This year, those celebrations looked and felt very different. With the outbreak of COVID-19, our students left school a few days shy of Spring Break and never returned to their buildings. They learned from – and connected with – their teachers and their friends – via screens. They said goodbye virtually, or from the edge of their driveways, waving as a parade of teachers drove past. The global health crisis wasn’t the only challenge faced by our district this year. A much-needed referendum failed in the fall, resulting in millions of dollars of budget cuts and the loss of many outstanding educators and staff. As a Board, we feel the responsibility and grieve the impact of these departures with our community. Superintendent Clint Christopher announced he was leaving,... Continue reading A message from the School Board
Eastern Carver County School District is excited to name Nate Gibbs as the next principal of Chaska Middle School West. Gibbs will start his role in early July, and follows Sheryl Hough who announced her retirement earlier this year. Gibbs has almost a decade of diverse experiences in education, serving most recently as Assistant Principal at Minnetonka High School. Prior to that position, he held the same role in St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Magnet School. During his time with St. Paul Public Schools he also served as Project Coordinator in the Office of Talent Development and Acceleration Services and as a cultural specialist and teaching assistant at Capitol Hill Magnet School, whose primary focus is gifted and talented students. He received his bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in African American Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a master of arts in educational leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Gibbs earned... Continue reading Nate Gibbs named next principal of Chaska Middle School West
At a special meeting on June 8, 2020, the Eastern Carver County School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract of Lisa Sayles-Adams as the district’s next superintendent. Sayles-Adams’ selection came after a rigorous interview process that included interviews with students, staff, and the community. “This has been a challenging year for our district,” Board Chair Jeff Ross, Ph.D., said. “We knew we needed a dynamic, strong leader, not just to raise the already high quality of education for our students, but to help bring together our community. In Lisa we have found a truly outstanding leader with the skills and background to deliver the excellence we all expect. She showed tonight she’s ready to hit the ground running, has the complete skill set we were seeking, and we are excited for what her leadership will accomplish for our students, staff, and community.” During her interview, Sayles-Adams talked about the district’s academic strength and commitment to... Continue reading Lisa Sayles-Adams named next ECCS Superintendent