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

When it comes to district finances, no news is good news

We’re happy to report news about the district’s finances that is, frankly, not news. When district finances are audited, which they are every year, the best outcome is that the auditors find no compliance issues. That was the case again this year. An audit was conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen and its opinion was “clean.” This is the best that any organization can do in an audit. The auditors also help advise the board and district staff about important changes in accounting practices. The School Board approved the audit at its Oct. 22 meeting. Visit the finance department’s website to view all the district’s finance documents.  E. Carver Co. Schools was one of many in the districts in the state of MN to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence (COE) for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). For the second year in a row, the Finance Dept. received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International... Continue reading When it comes to district finances, no news is good news

We are 1 of 3 to receive Meritorious Budget Award

For the second 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 district is one of three in the state of Minnesota to receive this honor. 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. District finance documents, including the 2018-19 budget, are always posted online for our community to access. In addition, the district has received seven consecutive awards (2011-2017) for excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by ASBO. These honors reflect the districts commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and... Continue reading We are 1 of 3 to receive Meritorious Budget Award

Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services is proud to be partnering with Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  Ferndale Market is a third generation free range turkey farm that prides itself on growing turkeys the way nature intended, without the use of antibiotics or growth promotants.  The turkeys are processed naturally, without additives, binders and fillers, using only simple ingredients.  And furthermore, they are DECLICOUS! All Eastern Carver County Schools will be serving Ferndale turkey as part of our locally sourced menu on Thursday, November 15th. Click here to watch a video of the turkeys on the... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Informational Meetings for New Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School Families

If you have a student or know a student entering kindergarten, middle school, or high school next year, you may be interested in attending one of the following events. These events are not required but give parents an opportunity to learn more about what our schools have to offer. Middle school and high school registration events will take place in February. Enrolled kindergarten students will be invited to a special event in May. Kindergarten Parent Preview – An informational meeting for parents/guardians. Children will be invited to a special kindergarten event in May. Attend either the webinar or in-person event; the same information will be presented. Webinar | Tue, Nov. 13, 12:00 p.m. – Learn more about our kindergarten options from the comfort of your own home or office. Sign up at If you cannot attend the live event, register anyway to receive a link to the recording. Parent Preview at Your Child’s School | Thu, Nov. 15, 6:00 or 7:30 p.m. – Attend a... Continue reading Informational Meetings for New Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School Families

Learn more about Empower Oct. 10 & 15

Get a virtual introduction to Empower, an online tool for tracking student learning! Eastern Carver County Schools staff invites you to a webinar to learn more about the basics of Empower and understanding how learning is reported. Members of the district’s Teaching & Learning Department will walk you through Empower and answer your questions. This is an optional, free, online meeting. Attend at your convenience. We want to make sure you are ready to review information in Empower as you attend teacher conferences this month. A number of updates to Empower have been made this year, in response to feedback from teachers, parents/guardians and students. Join us at one of these two dates: Wednesday, Oct. 10 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. The webinar is hosted by Zoom and you can join via desktop web browser or with an app on your iOS or Android phone. Get the free software or browser plug-in you need from... Continue reading Learn more about Empower Oct. 10 & 15

Planning for the future of our facilities

And just like that, we’re back to school. School routines have been re-established and classrooms are busy again with learning. We’re grateful for each family that chose Eastern Carver County Schools this year. We have a number of advantages that make us a destination for families, including our commitment to personalized learning, safe and welcoming schools and opportunities for students whatever their interests. As discussed in a previous column, this summer was dedicated to studies for Eastern Carver County Schools’ future. Housing growth is all around us. New homes bring young families and children. All four of our cities – Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria and Carver – have new home construction. As a result of developments underway and planned, we expect to have 1,000 more students in our district in four years. Enrollment is only half the story. We have to maintain our existing facilities. Previous generations of residents helped establish our district with schools that met needs... Continue reading Planning for the future of our facilities

School district taxes still declining

Setting the school district’s property tax levy is one of the first steps the School Board takes to plan the 2019-20 budget. That started Sept. 24 when Finance and Operations Director DeeDee Kahring presented the preliminary tax levy. Kahring explained the proposal to increase the district’s tax levy by 5.88 percent will not increase taxes on most properties in Eastern Carver County Schools (the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria). This is because that proposed increased is offset by two factors: There are more properties in the school district, and property values are increasing. 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. After reviewing the preliminary tax levy, it can be adjusted based on improved enrollment estimates and any corrections from the Minnesota Department of Education. The final levy is approved at another... Continue reading School district taxes still declining

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? I look forward to each day knowing adventure awaits and no 2 days are the same!  I am proud to work in a great district for the past 18 years and to be able to support the students. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first started in the district, a student came and told each staff member “You’re Fired!” This was a daily occurrence. Then one day, I replied, “O.K. then there won’t be anyone to get your lunch”. He said,  “I could stay this once” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? My favorite thing to cook is something for my family and friends, like a big breakfast.  I also enjoy making jams and baked goods. Then give them away as parting gifts. Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life and why? My grandmother Anita, she shared her cooking and canning skills with me! She rarely measured unless it was a new recipe and she saved... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

Public task force to look to district’s future, including 2019 referendum

Important planning around demographic and facility studies were the focus of Monday night’s School Board meeting. Eastern Carver County Schools administration completed these studies over the summer and presented them to the School Board over the last two months. The next step, discussed on Sept. 24, is to convene a task force consisting of parents, two school board members, and school and district administration. This group will prioritize needs for new construction needed to match enrollment growth and for essential school maintenance. The task force will make recommendations to the board in early 2019. In the spring, the board will begin its process to decide what to ask of the public in a referendum in November 2019. Demographic wave The demographic study showed that Eastern Carver County Schools’ growth is accelerating due to new home construction. In the next four years, 1,000 additional students are predicted to enroll in Eastern Carver County Schools, primarily at... Continue reading Public task force to look to district’s future, including 2019 referendum