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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.


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

Melissa Greer
Elementary Teacher

True Vang
Elementary Teacher
Crystal Ruzicka
Alt. Education Instructor
Breana Stanley
Amy J Al-Hashlamoun
Sarah Jackson
Jessica Behrens
Julie Ackerlund Brandt
Mackenzie Gabler
Special Education Teacher

LEAP Zone Proposal Process

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

LEAP Zones and Other ECASD Innovations

Memorial Documentary Theatre

Northstar ARCTIC Zone

Other ECASD Innovations