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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2017

  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 (6:40 pm)
    5. Alex Brusilovsky: Present (6:45 pm)
    6. Mark Eilers: Present
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance: no visitors
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    The board moves to approve the agenda for this meeting.
    Motion: Elizaveta Lindman
    Second: Mark Eilers
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    Vision: 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
  5. Reports

    1. Chairs Executive Report: Yelena Hardcopf
    2. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment- 103 (steady)
      2. Student Achievement and LIT (Yelena Hardcopf)
        1. MCA testing required by the state will begin this week and flow into the next week.
        2. NWEA test done by our school will be completed by mid-May. These tests give staff data to understand if students are growing as learners.
        3. Sophie our contact with MDE will brief the staff on changes to evaluation of schools by the state.
        4. Our contact Sophie will remain with our school for another year.
        5. Have our ESL program alignment completed as a next step for LIT.
    3. Financial Report
      1. For the month of March the school had deficit of $39,146.
      2. The school received $921,495 in funds.
      3. The school expended $960,641 during the month of March.
      4. Monthly Finance Report, Mark Eilers – Treasurer
        1. The school has a $168.259 fund balance.
        2. Board members discussed the budget and the deficit for March.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of March 2017 board meeting
    2. Financials March 2017
      1. The board moves to approve the minutes of the March 2017 board meeting and the financials for March 2017.
        Alexj Abyzov
        Mark Eilers
  7. Old Business
    1. Development of FY 18 Budget
      1. The board discussed the budget proposed for the upcoming ear.
      2. The board discussed the different possibilities for the budget and different ways to save money.
      3. The board also discussed money for vendors and what the lunch money numbers mean.
    2. School policies:
      1. Disability insurance update and developing Policy for Maternity Leave
        1. The board revisited the policy on disability and maternity leave for staff.
        2. The board reviewed the language of the policy and discussed the time held for a person taking leave for medical reasons.
        3. The board added a part to the policy increasing the amount of time a person can take off for medical complications regarding pregnancy.

          The board moves to approve the family leave policy.
          Alexj Abyzov
          Elizaveta Lindman

      2. Wellness Policy revision for MDE requirements
        The board moved to table the development of Wellness Policy until September 2017.
        Alexj Abyzov
        Mark Eilers
      3. Whole grade acceleration policy
        1. The board discussed the acceleration of students.
        2. The board discussed parent requests to move children ahead a grade and the need to have clear rules and requirements for such situations so that children are well served.
    3. Annual meeting: planning and recruitment policy
      1. The board determined that the annual meeting will be on the last day of school on June 9th.
      2. Christian Schmidt will run again for a one year term as a teacher candidate.
    4. Director health benefits
      1. The director said he would decline the health benefits until the school is healthy financially.
  8. New Business
    1. Meeting results with Northern Lights Church on Occupancy. The school has modified a document used by Northern Lights Church to be submitted to the city council of Brooklyn Park.
      1. Building lease
      2. School advertisement (Feather Flags)
        1. The board discussed the need to market the school as soon as possible.
        2. The use of feather flags near the road at our new location was discussed.
        3. Phone line for the school has been set up so that prospective parents can contact us at the new location as soon as possible.
        4. CCX a local cable access station in Brooklyn Park will come to our school to talk about our move to the new location.
        5. Parents of departed students have been contacted via email to explain the move in case these parents are interested in returning to our school
    2. Moving agenda and preparation
      1. We have many boxes for packing thanks to our second-grade teacher.
      2. PODS will be used and loading of the four pods will take place on June 12, 13, and 14.
      3. Cost of PODS $1,880.00
      4. Our goal will be to be out of the MCA location by the last week of June.
      5. At the end of June, we can start putting stuff in a couple classrooms.
      6. The school will need help with moving heavy items such as furniture etc.
      7. July 12 and 13 will be the unloading of the pods day.
    3. LOC acceptance The board discussed the need for a line of credit totaling 40,000 from Venture bank for emergencies.
      The board moved to accept a line of credit from Venture Bank totaling $40,000.
      Alexj Abyzov
      Mark Eilers
    4. Vendor bids: HCMC Nurses contract The board talked about keeping the numbers on Sped properly allocated. The bus schedule for next year was discussed. The bus company has had trouble accommodating our schedule and maintaining a profit on our routes due to the great distances of our students.
    5. Parent & Staff Survey 16-17 The board discussed the survey and why it is important for us to do surveys. The board also discussed possible changes to the survey to make it more concise and to the point.
  9. Other 
    1. Directors evaluation. Not completed.
  10. Adjourn
    Alex Brusilovsky moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:36pm. 6-0-0


  1. Review the budget and come prepared to discuss the budget.
  2. Develop a policy on admission to enrichment and accelerated classes at Nasha Shkola.
  3. Study acceleration policy.
  4. Article in the Russian newspaper and mini poster for library to advertise our school
  5. Reach out to parents to assist in the creation of marketing materials.
  6.  Board member Christian Schmidt said he would consider marketing possibilities at community events and other gathering in May, June, and July to get the word out about our school.
  7. We need to reach out to community groups such as the boy scouts and others to get free labor for the move. We also need to have food and drink for the volunteers as a reward for service.
  8. Revise the survey and approve at the next board meeting.
  9. Board members must complete the survey on the director and turn this in to Alexj Abyzov.

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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