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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: December 15, 2020

Location: Zoom Webinar

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Paul Kinsley, Jim Zacchini (IQS)
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda for this meeting.
    Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
    5-0-0
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    Vision:
    To be an academically rigorous school preparing students for continued success as motivated learners and global citizens.
    Mission: Nasha Shkola aspires to be a multi-cultural charter school committed to exceptional education in all areas of academic inquiry with an emphasis on Russian Language and Culture, providing structured and responsive learning environment based upon educational best practices for all students and their families.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board.
  5. Reports
    1. Executive Director report
      1. School update
        • Enrollment at 114 students
          • Declining slowly primarily due to distance learning
        • Operations
          • SpEd students in a hybrid model
          • Distance learning schedule has been stable
          • Teachers teach at least two hours synchronous per day
          • Paraeducators support the students
          • Communication has improved since spring
        • Achievement
          • NWEA for Kindergarten on 12/14/2020
          • NWEA can be flexible for other grades
          • ACCESS testing will begin in January
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report – November 2020
        • Fund 01 = $590,015 received = 40% of budget
          $543,607 expended = 37% of budget
          Balance = $46,408.
        • Fund 02 (Food Service) = $8,436 received = 15% of budget
          $13,293 expended = 24% of budget
          Balance = ($4,858).
          Total cash balance = $353,805
      2. Emergency funding (Fund 154)
        • Emergency funding was used to buy technology and PPE
        • Other emergency funds will come with different deadlines and restrictions
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of November 17, 2020 Board meeting
    2. Financials November, 2020

      Motion to accept the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
      5-0-0

  7. Old Business
    1. School operation in Distance Learning and timeframe for model shift to Hybrid.
      • Decision will have to be made in January
        • Cases continue to be high in the areas where students live
        • So far two students have reported testing positive
        • Limited information makes it difficult to form a complete picture
        • Most larger schools are pushing back to the end of January or beginning of February.
        • Strict hybrid of half-on, half-off
        • Large classes will be split

          Motion to move the board meeting to January 12th
          Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
          Seconded by: Andrew Wood
          5-0-0

  8. New Business
    1. World’s Best Work Force (WBWF) Report 2019-2020
      • Summary
        • Positive results for ELL learners
        • Improvements for college and career readiness
        • Some results excluded this year

          Motion to accept the World’s Best Workforce Report 2019-2020
          Motion by: Andrew Wood
          Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
          5-0-0

    2. Discuss future development of school programs
      • Pandemic continues
        • PPE
        • technology
        • Support staffing
      • Low enrollment
        • Possible boost when pandemic ends
        • Preschool would have to be fee-based
      • Lease
        • Unlikely to be able to move buildings
        • Space issues continuing
        • Will continue to be open-minded
      • New curriculum
        • New math program could cost $10,000
      • New staff
        • ELL, Art, Support
        • Expensive and difficult to find
        • Possibility of expanding lower grades
  9. Other
    1. Bylaws revision
      • Review will begin in January
    2. IQS scorecard
      • Waiting to hear back from IQS
    3. Board Self-Evaluation
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:46
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
    5-0-0

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

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

    School Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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