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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: February 16, 2021

Location: Zoom Webinar

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Absent
    • 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, Bondo Nyembwe (IQS) , Jim Zacchini (IQS)
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda.
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  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. Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board.
  5. Reports
    1. Executive Director report
      1. School update
        • Enrollment
          • 108 students enrolled
          • Drop over winter break
          • Reasons: moved states, too rigorous, attendance issues
        • Operations
          • Split grades combined
          • Most distance learners returned to school
          • Classes rearranged
        • HR & Personnel
          • Teacher entering maternity leave March 1; issues obtaining a substitute teacher
          • Another teacher leaving for maternity leave in May, substitute needs TBD
        • Academic Achievement
          • Wrapping up ACCESS
          • Beginning NWEA for 1-3
          • MCA in March
          • NWEA end of the year for all grades
          • Two students recommended for retention
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report – January 2021
        • Fund 01 = $794,175 received = 54% of budget
          $769,637 expended = 53% of budget
          Balance = $24,538.
        • Fund 02 (Food Service) = $11,590 received = 21% of budget
          $17,061 expended = 31% of budget
          Balance = ($5,471).
          Total cash balance = $308,560
        • Will be reaching out to food service vendor to determine why Fund 02 is running a higher negative balance
        • Some funds remain designated for Covid relief spending.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of January 12, 2021 Board meeting
    2. Financials January, 2021
      Motion to accept the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  7. Old Business
    1. Discuss future development of school programs
      • Voluntary PreK application (update from IQS)
        • Multiple approval steps: IQS and the state
        • If approved, it would be for 2022 at the earliest
        • To expand kindergarten, at least 18 students per class
      • International Baccalaureate® (IB) programme
        • Nasha Shkola is well-positioned with culture and language component
        • More information and serious consideration needed
      • Art Teacher Position FY21-22, 0.25FTE
        • Depends on budget
      • Russian Language Teacher Position FY 21-22, 0.25 FTE
  8. New Business
    1. Development of the 3-year strategic budget (to align our strategic goals & priorities with budget)
      • NS Strategic goals and priorities
      • Importance of developing a strategic budget
      • Forming a committee and setting up a timeframe
    2. By-laws legal review/revision update
      • To be revisited next meeting
    3. Annual Board meeting & election: June 4, 2021
      • Recruitment of new board members
        • Community members
        • Parents
      • Appointment of Board Development Committee
      • Policy 2.1 Board Election Process with Resources (FYI)
  9. Other: upcoming March Board Meeting
    1. Director Evaluation
      • Committee will reform
      • Draw from outside of the board
    2. School calendar
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:49
    Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood

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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    School Info

    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

    Office Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8 am – 4 pm