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 funding stream to help us maintain safe schools and use technology to support student learning. That levy is due to expire, but could be renewed with voter approval and no tax increase to residents.
This spring, the board will go through the process to decide what support it needs from residents through funding requests in a November 2019 referendum. The public is invited to a Community Listening Session to learn more about the task force recommendations and other funding needs.
Community Listening Session
Growth and Funding Needs
Monday, March 11
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Chaska High School Blue Forum