Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum

Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum Three questions on the ballot at the November 5 election At their Monday, June 24 meeting, the Eastern Carver County School Board unanimously approved putting a referendum before voters with a three-question ballot on November 5, 2019.  The three questions address enrollment growth and funding needs necessary to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. Question 1: An operating levy increase to help bridge our budget gap, continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment. Question 2: A bond request to build a new elementary school on district-owned land in Chaska, address deferred maintenance needs across the district and build a larger bus garage on a new site. Question 2 can pass only if Question 1 is approved. Question 3: A no-tax increase renewal of our existing security and technology levy,... Continue reading Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum

Donations welcome to district Angel Fund

E. Carver Co. Schools’ Nutrition Services department maintains an Angel Fund that is by funded by donations. The Angel Fund is used to assist families in our district that need assistance paying for meals for their children. School administrators help identify how to best allocate the funds that will make a positive difference in the lives of our students and their families. Donations come from individuals, businesses and charitable foundations. Many families donate the balance left in a student’s account when they graduate or leave the district. Every bit helps! Donations can be sent to the Nutrition Services department, Attn: Julie Eklund, 11 Peavey Rd, Chaska, MN 55318. Questions? Contact Julie Eklund in Nutrition Services at EklundJ@district112.org, or call... Continue reading Donations welcome to district Angel Fund

FAQ on District Growth and Funding Needs

To address continued enrollment growth, budget pressures and student academic needs, Eastern Carver County Schools has been working hard to ensure it has the spaces, funding and tools it needs to continue to provide exceptional, personalized learning to its students. This work has included a Facilities Task Force, ongoing budget analysis, School Board work sessions, input sessions and community surveys to help identify priority projects and the funding needed. This work will continue over the next several months, with a request for local funding support on the November 2019 ballot. Learn more about this work and the district’s growth and funding needs on this comprehensive website, which includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please send them to 112feedback@district112.org. We are projected to grow by more than 1,400 students in five years, with nearly two-thirds of those students at the elementary level. If state funding had kept pace with... Continue reading FAQ on District Growth and Funding Needs

District reviews operating budget and funding gaps

Like most Minnesota school districts, E. Carver Co. Schools is facing increasing pressure on the district’s operating budget. The district relies on state and local funding to operate its schools – to pay staff, buy classroom materials, fund academic programs, and more. For the past 15 years, state funding has not kept pace with inflation. This has resulted in a nearly $620 per student gap this year, totaling more than $6 million in lost funding this year alone and more than $60 million over the last 10 years. Expenses are outpacing revenue and the district is not fully reimbursed for the important special education services we provide. This is the time of year when the district reviews its academic program and staffing needs. It is also waiting to learn what funding the district will receive from the State of Minnesota. The legislature’s decision on public funding will help the district know how big of a budget gap we need to fill moving forward. One way to fill this funding gap is... Continue reading District reviews operating budget and funding gaps

Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

Eastern Carver County Schools have been – and will continue to be – growing. We are honored that so many families choose our schools and want to live in our district. We also want to be sure we have appropriate spaces, ample staff and enough resources to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. In fall 2018, a Facilities Task Force was formed to provide recommendations that will preserve and maintain learning spaces for years to come and serve a student population that is projected to continue growing. After several meetings, the task force recommended a $110.5M bond referendum for a new elementary school ($35.5 million), deferred maintenance ($61.5 million), and a new, expanded bus garage ($13.5 million). In addition, district leaders are looking at funding needs. The district, like most Minnesota school districts, is facing increasing pressure on our operating budget. E. Carver Co. Schools also has a Security and Technology Levy that provides a separate... Continue reading Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs

With enrollment growing 1,400 students in 5 years, task force recommends new school

District also needs $62 million in deferred maintenance to sustain older schools After four months of study, the district’s Facility Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board on matters related to deferred maintenance and enrollment growth at two meetings in January. The first recommendation was that the district needs an updated bus garage. The current garage can hold 50 buses and the district currently operates more than 100 buses. The garage needs additional mechanical bays, wash bays, and more land for parking and space. The second part of the recommendation focused on enrollment growth and deferred maintenance (long-term building and facility maintenance). DeeDee Kahring, director of finance and operations, who also led the task force, began by discussing an updated demographic study. That study, completed by Davis Demographics in January 2019, shows an overall enrollment increase of 1,400 students in five years, with approximately 875 of those students in the... Continue reading With enrollment growing 1,400 students in 5 years, task force recommends new school