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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: April 17, 2018

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf:Present
    2. Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    3. Christian Schmidt: Present
    4. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    5. Yelena Kurdyumova: Present
    6. Mark Eilers: Absent
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada.
  2. Approval of the Agenda
    The board moves to approve the Agenda.
    Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
    Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    To be an academically rigorous school preparing students for the world.
    Mission: Nasha Shkola will be a multi-cultural charter school committed to academic excellence, provide a highly-structured learning environment based upon education best practices for students interested in the Russian language and culture, achieved through the collaborative efforts of parents, staff, and the communities we serve.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board
    No public comments.
  5. Reports

    1. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment – 122; claiming 115
      2. School improvement (Yelena Hardcopf)
        • The school started MCA tests as mandated by the state in reading, math and sciences.
        • The students will take NWEA tests in May to check student growth.
        • The Russian language assessment will be given before the end of school.
        • No science teacher for middle school yet, Yelena Hardcopf continues to teach middle school science.
      3. Other reports
        • Yelena explained how she is getting word out about our school in her marketing report.
        • The board also discussed flyers and the need to update the flyers.
        • Open house is coming on April 26th.
        • The board also discussed advertising on a local community access cable.
        • A possible letter to the editor touting our school in the Brooklyn Park Sun Post was discussed as well.
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Financial Report, Mark Eilers – Treasurer
        • Fund One Deficit of $83,058
        • Fund Two Deficit of $4,239
      2. Account Balance
        Cash balance March 30th, 2018 was $30, 742
        Overall audited fund balance is $63,791.
        Account balance is $54,764.08
  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of March 20, 2018 Board meeting.
    2. Financials March 2018.
      Approval of the minutes and financial for March of 2018 with a correction to the header used to state correctly the current location of Nasha Shkola Charter School.
      Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
      Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova
  2. Old Business
    1. Transportation services update.
      • The school has been using two bus companies to transport students to school in the mornings. In the afternoon the school uses two companies to transport kids home in addition to the services of the director and teacher Christian Schmidt provided to transport a group of siblings.
      • The board discussed the news of a bus driver on one of our routes who was praying on the bus and instructing students in prayer. The bus company replaced the driver. The board discussed the concerns of parents regarding the driver.
      • The board talked about having a transportation meeting on May 1st to discuss bus routes.
      • The transportation meeting must have a concrete agenda and we should have representatives of the bus companies present if possible.
      • The board talked about the possibility of changing start times and end times for school in order to open up more transportation opportunities.
      • The board also discussed purchasing a van to transport students receiving special education services.
      • The board talked about the impact of a change of the start time would have on students and parents with the likely result being parents and kids would leave.
      • The board discussed reimbursements for mileage, setting up a radius, and other ways to help smooth the school’s transportation issues.
    2. Grant writing opportunities.
      • CSP Expansion grant was completed and submitted on April 11th.
      • Brian Engelson consulted on the grant.
      • This grant would help with compensating teachers, furnishings, pre-school is part of the grant as well.
      • The school would apply separately for a pre-school by October 2018.
    3. Strategic planning: updates and needs
      • The authorizer looked at our progress and said it was good so far.
      • The board will need to review and finalize the plan.
      • The board discussed scheduling a meeting for this.
    4. Next school year enrollment projections, programming and staffing needs.
      1. Intent to return forms for 2018-2019
        • These will be sent out in the mail and will be contacted by phone.
      2. Preschool application
        • The school will apply for pre-school.
      3. Staffing: SPED, Science & Reading
        • The school is looking to hire a full time SPED teacher, a reading teacher and a full-time science teacher.
    5. Budget FY 19 draft
      • The ending fund balance in June 2018 would be 42,600.00 in our proposed budget.
      • The board discussed the budget with regards to transportation.
      • The board asked questions about transportation costs and vans for transport of special education students.
      • Talk to the staff about the budget and get intent to return forms for teachers and students soon.
    6. Director Evaluation
      • The evaluation is in progress.
    7.  Annual meeting planning and recruitment updates
      • The board discussed recruitment updates and possible interested parties.
      • May 15th will be the new deadline for interested parties to formally throw their hat in the ring.
  3. New Business
    1. Review vendor services and discuss bids
      • The board discussed the need to change some vendors for the upcoming school year.
    2. Stakeholder satisfaction survey 2017-2018
      • The stakeholder survey needs to be tweaked or changed for this year.
  4. Other
  5. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:34pm
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Yelena Hardcopf

The Nasha Shkola Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30
The finance Committee meets at 5:30 prior to the board meeting.


  1. . Tweak the stakeholder survey.
  2. May 15th is the new deadline for candidates for the board.
  3. Talk to teachers about the budget and get out the intent to return forms.
  4. Start negotiations with transportation companies and call a transportation meeting on May 1st.

Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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