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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: August 22, 2017

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    2. Elizaveta Lindman: Absent
    3. Christian Schmidt: Present
    4. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    5. Alex Brusilovsky: Absent
    6. Mark Eilers: Present
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada and Gedaly Meerovich
  2. Approval of the Agenda
    The board moves to approve the agenda for the agenda for August 22nd, 2017.
    Motion: Alexej Abyzov
    Second: Christian Schmidt
  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
    1. Mr. Meerovich addressed the board about bussing from the south metro to the new location. He was concerned students from the south may not have a good transport option. He also talked about the importance marketing the school.
  5. Installation of new board members: members were installed during the July 2017 meeting.
  6. Reports

    1. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment The school had 120 confirmed students for the upcoming school year. The budget for the school is 105 for 2017-2018. 26 confirmed kids in Kindergarten. With 120 students, the school would have $74,000 in extra money based on a budget of 105 students.
      2. Employment/staff update All positions have been filled for the upcoming school year: Arthur Bogdanov for middle school science .75 FTE, Leyanna Bibbs 1.0 FTE, Sharon Oliech 1.0 FTE, 1st grade.
      3. Student achievement & LIT (Yelena Hardcopf) Our school has seen a steady increase in test scores for math on the MCA tests. Reading decreased slightly from the year before. The MCA results show our school where to improve such as reading in certain grades. Hiring a reading specialist would help. Board members asked questions about specific grades.
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report, Mark Eilers- Treasurer Total cash balance across all funds is $68,873 Overall the financial future of the school is looking good.
      2. Transfer of funds to balance.
      3. Audit The audit is complete, no significant findings. The school has a positive fund balance.
  7. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of July 18, 2017 Board meetingMinutes of July 18, 2017 Board meeting
    2. Financials July 2017• Yelena Kurdyumova requested that the July minutes reflect her efforts to promote the school in an interview.
    3. Approval of new employee agreements: Arthur Bogadanove 0.75 FTE, Science Leyanna Bibbs 1.0 FTE, SPED Paraprofessional Sharon Oliech 1.0 FTE, 1st gradeMotion to accept the consent agenda (7.1), (7.2), and (7.3) with the addition to the July minutes of corrections to 9.4 and action items.
      Motion: Alex Abyzov
      Seconded by: Mark Eilers
  8. Old Business
    1. Review and appoints board committees, their representatives and appoint board officers.The board discussed the status of the standing committees.
      Discussion of roles and responsibilities.
      Board discussed the current structure of the board.Motion to appoint Yelena Hardcopf as chair of the board.
      Motion by:  Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by:  Alex Abyzov
      Abstained:  Yelena Hardcopf

      Motion to appoint Yelena Kurdyumova as vice chair.
      Motion by Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by:  Alex Abyzov
      Abstained:  Yelena Kurdyumova

      Motion to appoint Mark Eilers as treasurer.
      Motion by Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by Yelena Hardcopf
      Abstained:  Mark Eilers

      Motion to appoint Christian Schmidt as secretary.
      Motion by Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by:  Mark Eilers
      Abstained:  Christian Schmidt

    2. Wellness Policy revisions for MDE requirements. The board discussed the make-up of the wellness committee.
    3. Discussion on MCA and legal challenge. The discussion has concluded.
    4. School Transportation: Discussion of South Bus route and options. The board discussed the southern bus route and options. Yelena Kurdyumova will consider the southern route.
    5. Funds 2 and 4 balance transfer to zero out-must be voted on.Motion to approve a transfer of funds from Fund 1 to Fund 2 and Fund 4 to close the funds with zero balance for FY 2017.
      Motion by: Mark Eilers
      Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
  9. New Business
    1. Meeting results with Northern Lights Church on Occupancy and signage.Meeting results with Northern Lights Church on Occupancy and signage.The city of Brooklyn Park has a rule that signs of occupants of a shared building must not have signs larger than the owner occupants of the building.  For example, the church’s sign must be larger than the schools sign.
      1. Building Signage-Outside wallNorthern Lights will create a sign with our name on it.
      2. CUP documentation on variance for occupation.This document has been approved.
    2. Approval of School Read Well by 3rd Grade Literacy Plan.
      This has been submitted to the state and we must post it on the website.Motion to approve Read Well by the 3rd Grade literacy plan.
      Motion by:  Mark Eilers
      Seconded by:  Yelena Kurdyumova.
    3. IQS monitoring review and report card.IQS said Nasha Shkola met the target benchmarks on many areas.We have increased our overall composite score on the report card.
    4. Directors contract approval.Motion to approve the at will employment agreement with WRAP Inc.
      Motion by:  Mark Eilers
      Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
    5. New Website.
      The new website is up and running board members are encouraged to look at the website.
  10. Other
  11. Adjourn
    1. The board moves to adjourn the meeting at 8:47pm.
      Mark Eilers
      Christian Schmidt

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. Put information on school website regarding the Wellness Policy/Committee.
  2. Get parents, members of the board, and others to join the various committees.
  3. Include the list of committees.
  4. Recruit a parent and teacher to wellness committee.
  5. Yelena Kurdyumova will provide information on transportation options such as vans or minibuses.
  6. Check out the website and the resources available.
  7. Check out the IQS scorecard and be ready to approve the score card in September.

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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Nasha Shkola
6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
Fax: 763-424-8520

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