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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: February 18, 2020

  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: Absent
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: None
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve agenda as written.
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
    5-0-0 (Yelena Kuryumova not present for vote)
  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. No changes in enrollment
        – ADM 125
      2. Student Achievement
        – Results for ACCESS
        – Upcoming NWEA and MCA
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        $747,405 received in Fund 01 = 56% of budget
        $729,369 expended in Fund 01 = 55% of budget
        Fund 01 balance = $18,037.
        $22,587 received in Fund 02 (food service) = 41% of budget
        $26,125 expended in Fund 02 = 48% of budget
        Fund 02 deficit = $3,538 due to delay in food service funding
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of January 21, 2020 Board meeting
    2. Financials January 2020
      Motion to approve the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Alexei Abyzov
      Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc
  7. Old Business
    1. Future development of school programs and results of the meeting with the IQS
      1. School must reapply for expansion to pre-K and 9-12; formal application process through IQS to the state. Follow-up is needed to determine when and how initial approval was revoked.
      2. Voluntary preschool: funding is an unresolved issue, would support incoming kindergarten
      3. High school: IQS unconvinced, generating interest is a concern
      4. International Baccalaureate® (IB) program: complements the school’s international focus, increase in rigor, need more information
    2. Enrollment projections and Enrollment Marketing
      1. Intent to Return survey
      2. Exit interview survey
      3. Charter School Capital: Enrollment Marketing Proposal
        – Charter School Capital has a troubled history with providing financial services at another school
        – No references in marketing for Minnesota
        – Price is not affordable
        – Issues with tracking numbers of students attracted
        – Possibility of hiring a different local company
      4. Hiring NS Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator
        – Primarily in-person outreach
        – Possible candidate
        – Up to 10 hours per week, 20 per hour, up to 25

        Motion to approve the position of Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator
        Motion by: Andrew Wood
        Seconded by: Christian Schmidt

    3. NS Programming needs and hires 20-21
      1. 5th grade classroom teacher (full time)
        – Results of teacher survey are mixed
        – Students have difficulty with transition
        – Reduce load on language arts teacher
        – Increase language arts instruction time
      2. Art teacher K-12 (part time)
        – P.E. teacher has been a success
        – Community expert or licensed substitute
      3. New custodian hired
        – Possibility of replacing teachers as dishwashers
  8. New Business
    1. IQS Mid-year report
      1. Some mistakes that need to be corrected
        – Budget reported inaccurately
    2. Paid Time Off & going over limit with sick days
    3. Annual meeting & requirement of new board members
      1. Appointment of Board Development Committee
        – Diversity of board members, parents, and staff
        – Only board members whose seats will not be open will be on the committee
      2. Policy 2.1 Board Election Process with Resources
      3. Elections
        – Alexei Abyzov, Christian Schmidt, Marina Condratiuc, and Yelena Kurdyumova’s seats will be open
        – Need parents and community members
  9. Other
    1. Closed Meeting: Disciplinary Action
    2. Installment of surveillance cameras in school hallways
      1. WDTechOnline lowest estimate
        – 6 cameras / ~$2500
        – Improve discipline, handle issues that arise
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn at 8:49 P.M.
    Motion by: Christman 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

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

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