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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: February 17, 2017

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    2. Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    3. Christian Schmidt: Present (7:00pm)
    4. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    5. Alex Brusilovsky: Present
    6. Mark Eilers: Present
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance:
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
  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
  5. Reports

    1. Chairs Executive Report: Yelena Hardcopf
    2. Executive Director report
    3. Student Achievement and LIT (Yelena Hardcopf)
    4. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report, Mark Eilers– Treasurer
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of January 17, 2017 board meeting
      1. Motion to approve the January 17th minutes with a correction to Paul Kinsley’s name.
        Alex Brusilovsky
        Second: Elizaveta Lindman
    2. Financials December 2016
      1. Motion to approve the January 2017 finance reports.
        Alex Brusilovsky
        Second: Elizaveta Lindman
  7. Old Business
    1. School building update
      1. The board was given a summary of the meeting on school relocation and recommendations from that meeting.
      2. At the meeting those present decided to move forward with the Brooklyn Park location while keeping the Crystal location as a second option.
      3. Mr. Peck explained the provisional lease contract.
      4. This lease draft would be based on 100 students. This would change as student numbers increase. The location would prefer a base of 125 students.
      5. The school could accommodate 150 students.
      6. The board discussed the Crystal location and the costs and investment to the property owner.
      7. Discussion of the amounts of students and rent at the various locations.
      8. Discussion of staff unhappiness with size of the Brooklyn Park location.
      9. Discussion of pros and cons of all locations.
        Motion to authorize the director to continue negotiations with Kevin Peck regarding the Brooklyn Park location.
        Mark Eilers
        Alex Brusilovsky
    2. Nasha Shkola 2016-2017 enrollment projections and programming needs.
      1. The board discussed the need for another meeting about this and having an answer for the next board meeting.
      2. The board discussed the need to mail intent to return forms to current families.
      3. The board discussed the need to contact old families and new families with outreach as our school relocates.
      4. Two to three teachers will not return next year.
      5. Our school currently has two candidates for positions next year.
      6. Our school needs a dedicated special education teacher.
      7. Our school needs to get grants for robotics, STEM, physical education, and art.
      8. Discussion of who will write the grants.
      9. Curriculum committee must meet and consider academics and curriculum for next year.
    3. Grant writing opportunities
      1. The school should give the job of grant writing to a professional and either pay them hourly or give them a percentage of grant money.
    4. School website
      1. The board discussed the new site and how this could benefit the school as our school goes through a transition to a new building. Board members must get a picture and a self-summary.
  8. New Business
    1. Development of relocation committee.
      1. This committee will be about more than moving. It will be about the process of moving, marketing, renaming, etc.
      2. Get people at least one from the board, parents, teachers, and other interested parties to join the committee.
    2. Maternity leave benefits
      1. The school can provide leave up to 12 weeks.
      2. Colonial life can offer a form of insurance that defines pregnancy as a disability and can allow a teacher to receive 60% of their income while on maternity leave. Participating teachers would need to pay thirty-five dollars a month for this. The cost of insurance would be shared with the school.
      3. The board needs policy for maternity leave.
    3. Strategic Planning:
      1. We need to think about possibly changing the name of the school.
      2. We need to tweak the mission and vision statement.
      3. Board discussed the need to think about dual language program for elementary grades.
    4. Building a connection with the Belorussian community of the Twin Cities Area. The board discussed the need to consider providing course work in Belorussian language and culture and offering enrichment opportunities to the many languages and cultures present at our school.
    5. Develop FY 2018 Calendar The calendar is being worked on currently by the lead teacher. The board will review the calendar and approve it April.
    6. Director evaluation. The board discussed the need to complete the director evaluation by the next meeting.
  9. Other 
  10. Adjourn
    Alex Brusilovsky moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:50pm.


  1. Perform director evaluation at the March meeting.
  2. Look into Dual Language programs in the twin cities area so that we can see how the model works.
  3. Get people (at least one) from the community, parents, teachers, and other interested parties to join the group working on relocation of the school
  4. Develop a policy on maternity leave.
  5. Consider academics and curriculum for next year (curriculum committee).
  6. Send out intent to return forms and reach to old and new families for our upcoming school year as soon as a new school site confirmed.

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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