Thousands of kids off for Ryder Cup week

Thousands of kids off next week for Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minnesota - As thousands of people from all over the world pack into the Twin Cities next week for the Ryder Cup, kids in Eastern Carver County Schools will stay home. 

The plan has been in the works for two years.

The Ryder Cup is moving into the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, right across from Chaska High School.

High school senior Julia Hewitt is looking forward to it.

"I'll be working at the Ryder Cup raising money for the dance team," said Hewitt.

She, along with many others, will be working a concession stand raising money for the school's sports teams and activities because school won't be in session.

"It was clear from the PGA perspective, public safety perspective that it would not be good to run school this week because we wouldn't have the smooth flow of traffic," said Brett Johnson, Director of Community Relations, Eastern Carver County Schools.

Chaska High School and the 13 other schools in the Eastern Carver County School District will be in recess while the Ryder Cup is in town.

A district spokesperson says the PGA officials are renting their facility at Chaska High School and school parking lots for a total estimated cost of $95,000.

"We are taking revenue from that and that goes into our general fund. That pays to keep the lights on, that pays the salary to teachers, provide supply for students, so that's where that revenue will go," said Johnson.
And he says the profit is a small amount compared to the district's $113 million budget.

But the bigger cost benefit might be the hundreds of thousands of people who will have their eyes on Chaska.

"This is a great opportunity to put Chaska in front of many people and have people learn about the community, learn about the schools in Chaska and the good things we offer at Eastern Carver County Schools," said Johnson.

Keep in mind, Pioneer Trail from Hundertmark Road to Audubon Road will be closed while the Ryder Cup is in town.


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