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.

Representative Assembly

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.

Annual Meetings

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.

Member Representation

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.

Executive Committee

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 also serve on the Committee.

Terms of Office

Members may serve two consecutive three-year terms with an option to continue, pending review.

Executive Committee Members

  • David Anderson, Citizen Representative
  • Carol Bomben, Citizen Representative
  • Kim Chapman, School Board member, White Bear Lake School District
  • Brenda Corbett, School Board member, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District
  • Barbara Duffrin, Superintendent, Mahtomedi School District
  • Bill Harvey, School Board member, Anoka-Hennepin School District
  • Kathy Kelly – Superintendent, Columbia Heights School District
  • Steven Unowsky, Superintendent, Richfield School District

Meeting Schedule

The Executive Committee meets five times during the fiscal year.

Contact Information

Julie Frame, 612.638.1508,

Conference Room Rental

We offer state-of-the-art conference room rental services to both members and non-members. For more information go to the Conference Room Rental page.

Administrative Services

Metro ECSU provides administrative services to its members in several areas. For more information go to the Administrative Services page.

Metro ECSU Publications

During the school year Metro ECSU offers the Annual Class Size Study, Composite Calendar for All Metro Districts and edNews. For more information go to the Metro ECSU Publications page.

Metro ECSU Online Registration

View all listings and events offered by Metro ECSU and register at our Event Calendar page.

Event Calendar & Registration

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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