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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: December 17, 2019

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Marina Condratiuc: Present
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve agenda as written.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and 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. Enrollment –ADM
        • ADM 125 students
        • Gaining two additional students
        • after break due to distance and academic struggle
      2. Student Achievement
        • NWEA testing session still open but growth goals met
        • benchmark and reading tests to regroup guided reading groups,
      3. Other reports
        • 12/14 New Years Celebration good attendance and PTO good fundraising
        • 12/21 Return of last year’s community outreach event
        • Goal is to boost enrollment
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        • $534,210 received in Fund 01 = 40% of budget
        • $483,486 expended in Fund 01 = 36% of budget
        • Fund 01 balance = $50,724
        • $12,784 received in Fund 02 (food service) = 23% of budget
        • $18,595 expended in Fund 02 = 34% of budget
        • Fund 02 deficit = $5,810 due to delays inherent in food service funding
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of November 19, 2019 Board meeting
    2. Financials November 2019
      Motion to approve the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova
  7. Old Business
    1. School renaming meeting results (December 3)
      1. Preliminary meeting
        • Survey results showed a majority voted to retain original name
        • Suggestion for keeping the name with an explanatory subtitle
        • It is important to indicate that it is a Russian school in title or subtitle
        • Decision between rebranding with current name and full renaming
        • Many bilingual schools have foreign-language words in the title
        • Rebranding may mean revisiting mission and vision to ensure they still reflects the ideals of the school
      2.  An additional meeting is planned following the break
  8. New Business
    1. 2018-19 World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) Report
      1. School has unusual racial makeup due to population served, but students are nevertheless represented.
        Motion to accept report
        Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
    2. Review and update board policies: Chapter 5 (5.4.4-5.5.4):
      Policy 5.5.5 Communicable Diseases and Infections
      Policy 5.5.6 Allergies
      Policy 5.5.7 Student Transportation and School Bus Safety
      Policy 5.5.8 Student Medicine in School
      Policy 5.5.9 Weapons on School Grounds
      Motion to accept policies 5.5.5, 5.5.6, 5.5.7, 5.5.8, and 5.5.9
      Motion by: Andrew Wood
      Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
    3. Annual Board Self-Evaluation
      1. Self-evaluation will be completed and discussed next meeting
    4. Future development of school programs (preliminary discussion)
      1. Revisiting possible Saturday program
        • Last year there was little interest due to strong competition
        • Focus on older school-age children tutoring and other programs to provide a different product than daycare
      2. Hiring a fifth grade classroom teacher
        • Large class size this year has caused difficulty
        • Difficulty with transitions between classes which will continue next year
        • Lack of maturity evident in fifth graders, not ready for personal responsibility of middle school
        • Elizaveta Lindman still delivering math curriculum
        • Possibility of adding 9th grade with additional teachers
        • If budget does not allow, another solution must be reached
  9. Other
    1. Possible exceptions to policies related to sweets
      1. Candy may be given outside of class time only
      2. Lack of consistent enforcement of policy
    2. Possible issues with cleaning schedule
      1. Any issues should be directed to Yelena Hardcopf and Melissa Ward
      2. Student behavior issues (e.g. toilet paper stuck to ceiling)
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:43
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova

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

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    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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