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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: December 18, 2014

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    2. Oksana Cox: Present
    3. Tatyana Kucherenko: Present
    4. Ben Wallace: Present
    5. Natalia Kormina: Present
    6. Alex Brusilovsky: Present
    7. Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    8. Christian Schmidt: Present
    9. Tim Luts: Present
    10. Visitors in attendance: Jake Nelson (Director), Ella Emeliamenlio, Anna Carlson, Valentina and Dan Eyers.
  3. Read Nasha Shkola Vision – What has been done this past month to bring the NS vision closer to reality?
  4. Agenda Approval Motion: Approve agenda Motion by: Ben Wallace Seconded By: Oksana Cox Vote: 9-0-0 Passed
  5. Open Forum (Persons wishing to speak)
    Anna Carlson: Addressed issues in regards to 1)keeping religion out of the classroom/school; 2) imposing one’s religious believes on others, and 3) bullying on religious basis.
    Dan Eyers: Stated that the school cannot stop or prohibit children from expressing or discussing their religious believes from others
    Valentina Eyers
    Ella Emelianenko
    1. NS Financial Audit Report (Dennis Hoogeveen, CliftonLarsonAllen)
    2. Director Report (Jake Nelson)
      1. Enrollment update
      2. Student achievement (results of ELL testing)
      3. Leadership Implementation Team (mission, vision, goals)
      4. Curriculum update and staff training
      5. Website development update
    3. Annual Budget review /Finances Report (Kyle Knutson)
    4. Federal CSP Grant report (Jake Nelson)
    5. Marketing committee report (Natalia Kormina)
    6. School By-laws update: work in progress (Yelena Hardcopf)
    1. Approval of Minutes: November 20th, 2014 Board Meeting
    2. Approve Financials: November, 2014 Motion: approve minutes and financials for November 2014 Motion by: Christian Schmidt Seconded By: Tatyana Kucherenko Vote: 9-0-0 Passed
    1. Annual report Motion: approve annual report Motion by: Tim Luts Seconded By: Ben Wallace Vote: 9-0-0 Passed
    2. Review and update school policies
      1. Mileage reimbursement policy for families driving their children to school Table discussion until further clarification
    3. Future development of school programs (high school & preschool)
    4. Board self-evaluation & Board member training
    5. NS advertisement in the Russian directory
    6. Other
      1. Next Board meeting – working meeting with open forum -Thursday, January 15 th, 2015
      2. Regular board meeting – Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
      3. Finance committee – Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:15pm
  9. Evaluation of the Meeting
    1. What went well?
    2. What did not?
  10. Adjourn meeting


Action items for April meeting:

  1. Address coordination between LIT and Curriculum Committee.
  2. Follow up on comments/concerns raised by parent visitors during the meeting.
  3. Make changes to the website to address the enrollment for 2015-2016.
  4. The board tabled the mileage issue because of the need for clarification from the MN Department of Education on the legality of Nasha Shkola’s mileage reimbursement policy as currently written.
  5. The board needs to determine the responsibilities of the treasurer of the school board.
  6. The board needs to determine if we will expand Nasha Shkola to a high school or preschool for the 2015-2016 school year.
  7. The board needs to determine what Russian language preschools in the area could partner with Nasha Shkola to provide a mutually beneficial partnership with the preschools
  8. The board needs to determine the requirements for a mutually beneficially relationship with an area Russian language preschool.
  9. The board needs to meet before the next meeting to discuss preschool and high school expansion – special working meeting on January 15th, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
  10. Conduct NS families survey to determine the demand for high school.
  11. Research the potential to partner with another charter school.
  12. The board needs to contact Kyle to find out if our budget will allow for a high school or preschool expansion.
  13. Each board member should complete the self evaluation by January 22, 2015.

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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