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

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

Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled for Feb. 4

The Middle School Transition Night for 5th grade parents has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. ​​ (This meeting was previously scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 31) Plan to join us Monday evening to meet the Pioneer Ridge staff, hear about topics such as class options, and get answers to your questions. This meeting is for parents; students do not need to attend. Middle School Transition Night / 5th grade parents Monday, Feb. 4 — 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School 1085 Pioneer Trail,... Continue reading Middle School Transition Night at PRMS rescheduled for Feb. 4

Pioneer Trail road closure expected to last several weeks

The district has received confirmation from the City of Chaska that the Pioneer Trail road closure between Hwy 41 and Village Rd. is anticipated to last several weeks as City and County staff complete the necessary repairs. Our understanding is that there are more extensive repairs required on and beneath Pioneer Trail. The road is closed both ways between Village Road & Hwy 41. Jonathan Elementary is accessible from Village Road. Parents and students are encouraged to find alternate routes while this major road is closed. Watch for updated information about the road construction on the City of Chaska... Continue reading Pioneer Trail road closure expected to last several weeks

Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

The District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Program (Teacher of the Year) celebrates innovative teachers in pursuit of the best possible public education for students in our district. Each year, we recognize these professionals by awarding them grants to support continued innovation in the classroom. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to share your nomination by March 1 for this year’s Excellence in Education Award. Read more and complete the simple online application... Continue reading Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?