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Learning Environments and Partnerships Committee (LEAP)

The Learning Environments and Partnerships Committee is a standing committee of the ECASD School Board. It was established to “…encourage innovation, which could increase our ability to provide diverse programming and methodologies.” The committee created a three step process for our teachers to have the opportunity to imagine, develop, implement, and interpret an educational program which may not be associated with conventional educational programs. Those programs become part of our District’s Innovation Zone.

ECASD Innovation Zones

Memorial Documentary Theatre

Northstar ARCTIC Zone

Sam Davey In-Tech-Great


Laurie Klinkhammer, Chair School Board Member

Aaron Harder
School Board Member

Kim Koller, District Office Administrator Mike Kohls, McKinley Charter Board Member
Pete Riley
McKinley Principal
Todd Johnson
Chippewa Valley Montessori (CVM) Principal

Melissa Greer
Elementary Teacher

Jonathan Wheeler
Elementary Teacher
Crystal Ruzicka
Alt. Education Instructor
Justin Jablonske
Alt. Education Instructor
Amy Traynor
Secondary Teacher
Amy J Al-Hashlamoun
Jessica Behrens
Sarah Jackson
Breana Stanley
Jason Rehbein
Gail Halmstad
Community Member

Innovation Zone Proposal Process

The Innovation Zone Three Step Process consists of "fillable" forms that allow you to complete, save and email to Kim Koller at: klauterbachkoller@ecasd.us.

Step 1: Imagination Narrative

Step 2: Program Structure

Step 3: Performance Agreement