Principal’s Letter 2-22-19

From the Principal… Hello Bluff Creek Families! It seems like quite a while since we had a solid five day school week. I hope we have seen the last of the snow days as we work to cover important core content before spring break. The second trimester ends on March 1st and there is NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, March 4th which is the second trimester grading day. Spring break this year begins on Friday March 21st and students return to school on Monday, April 1st. We have many important and exciting activities planned for the next three weeks: Thursday 2/21- Friday 3/1 our PTO is having a Scholastic Book Fair Tuesday, February 26th – This is our second Late Winter Parent Teacher Conference event. Wednesday, February 27th- Bus Driver Appreciation Day March 4th -Teacher Grading Day and there is no school for students March 5th- March 8th School Spirit week- look for daily events sponsored by our PTO. March 8th – Bluff Creek PTO Annual Spring Fling March 11th- March and June... Continue reading Principal’s Letter 2-22-19

March 11th Community Meeting

District Enrollment Growth and Funding Needs Our district is expected to grow by 1,400 more students in the next five years. We are honored that so many families choose our schools. 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. The public is invited to a Community Listening Session, March 11, to learn more about ways the district will address enrollment growth and funding needs. Learn more... Continue reading March 11th Community Meeting

Kids Heart Challenge

Parents & Guardians: WE HAVE REACHED OUR $12,000.00 GOAL!!! Please turn in your envelopes if you have them by Friday, February 22nd. (We will accept late envelopes by Friday, March 1st and online will be open until we reach our 50% goal of the Heart Healthy Challenge) The BCE Physical Education program has an opportunity to earn a $500.00 gift certificate to purchase PE supplies. (i.e. new scooters) Read the yellow highlighted section below for more information. Additional FUNDRAISING IS NOT NECESSARY! Also you do not have to do any fundraising at all!!! We had a great year with the Kids Heart Challenge. This program is the new-and-improved Jump Rope for Heart program our school has participated in for many years with the American Heart Association. Kids Heart Challenge encompasses all the things we loved about Jump Rope For Heart but the biggest difference is the heart healthy challenge this program encourages students (and families!) to take. The challenge is simple: students... Continue reading Kids Heart Challenge

Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

The short answer is no. After yesterday’s cancellation, all of our schools still meet the statutory minimums for instructional minutes. We are monitoring our current status by calculating days and minutes given the weather related cancellations/adjustments to schedules. Statute requires independent school districts to schedule at least 165 instructional days; we are fortunate to have a calendar with 173 student contact days as well as more instructional minutes than required. The decision to make up lost instructional time would be made by the school board, which sets the school calendar and has the authority to make changes. We will notify families should any days be added to the school... Continue reading Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

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

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