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Meet the Superintendent

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! 
We are excited to begin a new school year.  As we prepare to end this decade, we look forward to partnering with families, with each other, and with the community to inspire and prepare our students to live creative, fulfilling, and responsible lives. 

We are continually sharpening our efforts to meet the changing needs of ECASD’s children and teens.  We want our students and you to know that we are united in helping them to learn and to grow in a safe, secure, and positive learning environment.

When I visit schools, I see how our teachers and principals create learning environments that help this to happen each day for students.   Their efforts and those of the entire ECASD staff help each student to experience the difference caring adults make in the lives of young people.

On behalf of the over 1,400 employees who work in ECASD, I send you our very best wishes for a successful school year.  I hope it is one that is filled with the joy of learning for all of us in ECASD.

Mary Ann Hardebeck, Ed. D.

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Superintendent's Latest News

ECASD Teacher Goes Above and Beyond
We have so many amazing teachers in the ECASD who go above and beyond every single day - it's wonderful to see it recognized! Recently WQOW recognized teacher Bart Steffen. Check it out HERE.

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Golden Apple Awards
The Golden Apple Awards are underway. Watch WEAU-13 news during the month of February to see Bob Gallaher from WEAU and Sarah French, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Public School Foundation surprise staff members. You can also see more at the ECPSF's Facebook page HERE.

Community Member starts campaign to pay school lunch debt
We are so thankful for the amazing support we have in the Eau Claire area community. Recently, community member Tony Liedl started a GoFundMe page to help pay student lunch debt in the ECASD. Learn more about Tony's efforts HERE. Thank you, Tony, and all who supported this cause!

New Partnership with CVTC
We are so excited to have once again partnered with CVTC to create a unique opportunity for students to be prepared for post-secondary success! Learn more about our recently announced Medical Assistant program HERE.

"Catch my Breath" offers students options when caught vaping
ECASD is working hard to battle the vaping epidemic facing our teens. This year we've partnered with Eau Claire County Restorative Justice to offer students caught vaping at school an alternative to the $50 tobacco citation and school discipline. Learn more about this important program HERE.

School Board approves fundraising for Solar on Eau Claire Schools
At the December 16, 2019 School Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously to move forward with the Solar on Eau Claire Schools project with the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. Learn more HERE.

Memorial High School Orchestra Cookie Walk
The Memorial High School Orchestra is holding their 8th Annual Cookie Walk on December 14, 2019 and gave a performance on WEAU to prepare. You can watch HERE.

Dual Immersion Information Sessions
We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 kindergarten class for the Spanish Dual Immersion Program at Longfellow. Information sessions are coming up and we were featured on WEAU. Learn more HERE.

North Boys Hockey donates to Feed My People Food Bank
The North Boys Hockey Team held a fundraiser and recently donated $1,300 to Feed My People Food Bank to kick off their hockey season. Read more about it HERE

WQOW's Student of the Month - November
Memorial High School senior Morgan Priem was WQOW's Student of the Month for November. In addition to serving as Student Representative on the School Board and participating in athletics, Morgan works as a mentor leader to make Memorial a warm and welcoming place for all students. Learn more HERE

Memorial Students in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Five Memorial High School students were auditioned and were selected to be part of a nationwide honors band that will perform in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade. We are so proud of these students! You can learn more HERE

School Report Cards
The DPI School Report Cards have been issued for the 18-19 school year and we're proud of the growth we've seen. WQOW did a story about School Report Cards which you can view HERE.

Ribbon Cuttings
We've had a number of Ribbon Cutting ceremonies to celebrate the completion of referendum projects at our buildings. Check out McKinley's ribbon cutting HERE.

Budget Approval
The School Board approved the 2019-2020 budget on October 28. ECASD has the first balanced budget in several years. You can view my interview with WEAU News 13 regarding the budget HERE.

School Board Adopts Resolution to reduce carbon footprint
The ECASD has taken on many initiatives to "go green" and our School Board recently adopted a resolution to help us further that important work. You can read more HERE

North High School receives donation for Auto Class
North High School recently received a donation from Marquart Toyota of a vehicle to use for their automotive classes. This will give students hands on experience working with oil changes and other maintenance. You can read more HERE. Thank you to our generous friends at Marquart Toyota!

Meadowview Students Raising Money for Feed My People Food Bank
Check out this little article about this amazing project at Meadowview!

North Marching Band Benefit Concert
WEAU News 13 did a story on a recent concert North High School's Marching Band held which gave a sneak peek at their homecoming show while collecting donations for Feed My People Food Bank. Check out the video and article HERE. Great job to these students for using their talents to support our community!

Dual Immersion Update
WQOW News 18 shared an update on the Spanish Language Dual Immersion Program - we are off to a great start! Check out the video and article HERE.

School Security
School security is a top priority for the ECASD community. WQOW News 18 recently produced a piece on school security upgrades and how the ECASD utilized a $100,000 School Safetry grant we received. You can watch the video and read the article HERE.

Crossing Guards
I was recently interviewed by WQOW News 18 regarding the ECASD's crossing guards and need for substitute crossing guards. You can read the article HERE.

Alternative Learning Opportunities
One of my favorite things about the ECASD is the many alternative learning opportunities our students have. Check out these news clips about the Eau Claire Virtual School and the Spanish Language Dual Immersion Program, both set to welcome their first students in the fall of 2019.

Eau Claire School Board approves Spanish Dual Immersion Program   
Online Classes: 28 Eau Claire students to participate in new virtual school program 

Superintendent Hardebeck


Mary Ann Hardebeck, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Inside ECASD

This year we will be producing several videos to show our families and community what the ECASD is all about.

Meet Meta Miske, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.

Meet Jeff Nestor, Building Services Manager.

Meet the team from the Dual Immersion Program.

Meet Carin Pardun, Finance Manager.

Meet Caroline Akervik, Library Media Coordinator.

Meet Drew Seveland, Academic Services Coordinator.

Meet Sharon Fortune, Instructional Media Clerk.

Meet Siri Larsen, Information Technology Secretary.

Meet Liwei Gui, Bilingual Education Assistant.

Meet TJ Hahn, Information Technology Lead Systems Engineer.

Meet the Ganther Family - three generations of service to the Eau Claire Area School District.

Meet Darryl Petersen, Interim Director of Buildings and Grounds,

Meet Sadie Hamill, Buildings and Grounds Secretary.

Meet Bob Peterson, Custodian at DeLong Middle School.

Meet Lisa Smith, Kitchen Manager at DeLong Middle School.

Meet Deanna Fuller, Registrar at North High School.

Meet Officer Chaz Walton, School Resource Officer.

Meet Audra Connell, Centralized Enrollment Secretary.

Watch my Welcome Back video with School Board President Dr. Eric Torres.


Check out New Staff Orientation week.

Find out what the first full-day of Kindergarten looks like.