Metro ECSU History & Governance
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Metro ECSU, a nonprofit educational cooperative, was established in 1976 by the Minnesota Legislature to provide cost-effective , high quality education services and programs to public schools/districts, private schools and nonprofits in the Twin Cities metro area. This organization is member-driven and governed by a Representative Assembly and an Executive Committee.
The Representative Assembly consists of one representative from each member district. Assembly members are current school board members appointed to the Assembly by their district’s board. As a unit, the Representative Assembly forms the governing body of Metro ECSU and is regulated by laws applicable to independent school districts in Minnesota.
An Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee. Representative Assembly members are invited to attend; attendance is not mandatory.
The Twin Cities region is divided into four Electoral Districts determined by the following quadrants: I-35W (north/south) and I-94 extending to I-394 and Highway 12 (east/west). District Office determines placement.
The Executive Committee consists of four Representative Assembly members who have been elected to serve by their peers from other member school districts. Three appointed member district administrators and up to three appointed citizen representatives may also serve on the Committee.
The Executive Committee meets a minimum of five times during the fiscal year (June 30 through July 1).
- August 19, 2020 (3rd Wednesday)
- October 21, 2020 (3rd Wednesday)
- January 20, 2021 (3rd Wednesday)
- February 24, 2021 (4th Wednesday)
- April 21, 2021 (3rd Wednesday) - Annual Meeting
- June 2, 2021 (1st Wednesday)
Metro ECSU Executive Committee meetings are currently held via Zoom from 3:30 to 5:30pm due to Covid-19 restrictions. Check the information noted above prior to each meeting date in the event of future changes.
Please contact Sandy Giancola if you would like to attend an upcoming Executive Committee meeting.
Terms of Office
Members may serve two consecutive three-year terms with an option to continue, pending review.
Executive Committee Members
- David Anderson (Treasurer) — Citizen Representative
- Carol Bomben — Citizen Representative
- Kim Chapman (Vice Chair) — Representative Assembly member, White Bear Lake School Board, representing Electoral District 1
- Andrea Cuene — Representative Assembly member, Wayzata School Board, representing Electoral District 4
- Patricia Driscoll — Representative Assembly member, South Washington County School Board, representing Electoral District 3
- Barbara Duffrin (Chair) — Mahtomedi School District Superintendent
- Bill Harvey (Clerk) — Representative Assembly member, Anoka-Hennepin School Board, representing Electoral District 2
- Zena Stenvik — Columbia Heights School District Superintendent
- Steven Unowsky — Richfield School District Superintendent
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Metro ECSU Information
History & Governance
Metro ECSU, a nonprofit educational cooperative, was established in 1976 by the Minnesota Legislature to provide cost-effective, high quality education services and programs to public schools/districts, private schools and nonprofits in the Twin Cities metro area.
Metro ECSU Membership
Active membership in Metro ECSU is open to each public school district which has chosen to join the cooperative by paying the appropriate membership fees.
School Districts Member Directory
List of 2020-21 School District Members.
Metro ECSU Staff Directory
List of Metro ECSU Staff, alpha sorted.
Metro ECSU Program Directory
List of Metro ECSU Staff, sorted by program.
Metro ECSU Employment Opportunities
Metro ECSU is an equal opportunity employer.
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Cooperative Purchasing Services
A wide variety of products are available with our program, the Cooperative Purchasing Connection. Vendor contracts are established through a formal bid process conducted by Minnesota Service Cooperatives (MSC).
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Metro ECSU Membership
Active membership in Metro ECSU is open to each public school district which has chosen to join the cooperative by paying the appropriate membership fees. With membership districts can participate and vote in the governance of the co-op.
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