Nutrition director honored by University of Minnesota

Roxanne Williams, E. Carver Co. Schools’ director of nutrition services, received a STAR Award from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. The Award recognizes professionals for their contributions to the education, training and guidance of future public health leaders at the University School of Public Health. Williams has worked in school food service for more than 40 years in six school districts and at the Minnesota Dept. of Education. She has served as a mentor to several students in the University of Minnesota graduate... Continue reading Nutrition director honored by University of Minnesota

Do you know about our bus tracking app?

Winter weather can easily cause traffic and bus delays. Families can now use MyStop — a web-based app that uses live GPS information to track a student’s bus. Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, parents and guardians can view the current location of their bus on its route, along with an estimated time of arrival at their neighborhood bus stop. The school bus’s location is automatically updated, and the estimated time of arrive is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while the bus is en route. The latest version of the MyStop smartphone app was updated last week. Issues specific to the iOS version have been corrected by the vendor. We have worked with the bus company to ensure all bus GPS units are current with MyStop.  MyStop has a one to two-minute delay, making it useful to monitor late buses. It is not meant for real-time tracking. New to MyStop? Parents/guardians will need a username and password for MyStop that is stored in your... Continue reading Do you know about our bus tracking app?

School property taxes on a downward trend

As part of preparing the 2018-19 budget, the School Board sets its property tax levy. At the Truth And Taxation Hearing this week, Finance Director DeeDee Kahring told the board that its levy would increase tax revenue by 0.9 percent. Overall, however, school district taxes are on a downward trend, even with extensive school construction in the district over the last two years. Kahring explained that the district’s property tax base is increasing as more homes are occupied and businesses open. As more property owners pay taxes, it requires less effort from each property for school district taxes. This is because school districts in Minnesota collect taxes differently from cities and counties. Essentially, the district levies a lump sum and divides it among all properties. Cities and counties traditionally use a percentage rate that is collected from each property. The chart below shows an estimate of the school district tax rate for various home values. Individual property... Continue reading School property taxes on a downward trend

CMW student chosen for State Honor Jazz Band

Sean Bartels, 8th grade baritone saxophonist at Chaska Middle School West, has been selected for the Minnesota Band Directors Association Mid-Level State Honor Jazz Band. He will perform with this elite group on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Eric Songer, band director, conducts the Jazz Band at Chaska Middle School... Continue reading CMW student chosen for State Honor Jazz Band

Weather & emergencies: Where to get information

In the event of an emergency at a school, or in cases of weather-related changes to the school day, it’s important to know where to find accurate and up-to-date information. Here’s how you can stay in the know about urgent situations that may affect Eastern Carver County Schools: Check our website, The notice of a school closure, late start or early dismissal will appear on our home page and the home page of all schools as soon as the decision is made. Details about emergency situations are posted to the website. Enable text messaging from the district. You must configure this option in Campus Portal and we have outlined the instructions. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Not only will you get alerts, but you can catch glimpses of life inside our schools on regular school days. Automated phone calls: School closings or delays are communicated through an automatic phone calling service. Make sure you subscribe to 112Online. All parents are automatically enrolled... Continue reading Weather & emergencies: Where to get information