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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: January 16, 2018

  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
    4. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    5. Yelena Kurdyumova: Present
    6. Mark Eilers: Present
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada
  2. Approval of the Agenda
    Motion by: Mark Eilers
    Seconded by:Elizaveta Lindman
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    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
    No public comments.
  5. Reports

    1. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment-121
        • We had a student leave in January but we have also added students during the same period.
      2. School improvement (Yelena Hardcopf)
        • The state has recognized our school as a High-Quality Charter School.
        • Of the 180 schools eligble only 40 schools are chosen as High-Quality Chatter School.
        • This designation lets our school apply for a CSP grant.
        • We do not have a lot of information on dates for applying for the CSP grant but more information will be forthcoming.
        • The due date is the end of April.
      3. Marketing Committee Report (Yelena Kurdyumova)
        • Yelena posted information on her colleagues website Run Global Media.
        • Yelena also reported posting on social media for Brooklyn Park.
        • Yelena also had critiques of the website. Mentioning certain teachers who have not filled in personal information and that board members do not have personal information.
        • The board discussed the website and agreed that some improvements could be made.
        • Russian language translation of information on the website.
        • The board came back to the marketing report and looked at samples of advertisements to be placed in various cooperating businesses.
        • The board discussed the wording on the samples.
        • Create a school calender that would be a marketing tool and a way to inform parents of school events.
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Financial Report, Mark Eilers – Treasurer
        • The school saw a $15,000 improvement in finances.
        • The school had a deficit of $5,503 in general fund 1.
        • The school saw a deficit of $7,929 in general fund food service 2.
        • The school has a fund balance of 63,791.
      2. Account Balance
        • Cash on hand 17, 000.
      3. Transfer of Line of Credit
        • The school needs to continue using the line of credit to make sure we make payroll each pay period.
        • At some point the school will be less dependent on this.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of December 19, 2017 Board meeting.
    2. Financials December 2017.
      The board moves to approve the consent agenda including the minutes from the December board meeting and the financials from December 2017.Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
      Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova


  7. Old Business
    1. Strategic Plan revision and update (Yelena Hardcopf)
      • The board will need one or two more meetings to finalize our schools strategic planning.
      • The board decided to have Strategic Planning Meeting for January 30th 3:45pm.
    2. Policy Development and Revision
      • The policies were sent to a lawyer for review.
      • The attorney made some changes to the whistleblower policy to ensure it is in line with Minnesota law.
      • The lawyer approved the other policy revisions.
        Motion to approve the conflict of interest policy as reviewed by the attorney.
        Motion by: Mark Eilers
        Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
        6-0-0Motion to approve the whistleblower policy as reviewed by the attorney.
        Motion by Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova

        Motion to approve the early enrollment policy as reviewed by the attorney.
        Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova

    3. Wellness Policy revision (Alexej Abyzov)
      • The board discussed the policy and sugar.
  8. New Business
    1. Preschool
      • The school submitted a letter to Northern Lights the operator of our building.
      • The church replied that they enjoy having us as tenants but that the extra room our school would like to use is not possible.
      • The school could pursue other options for preschool.
      • One options would be a mixed delivery pre-school program partnered with a pre-school nearby.
      • The pre-school will provide us with a base of students to draw from and will give us extra revenue from the state.
      • We need to apply for pre-school by January 30th .
      • The board discussed the application for pre-school.
  9. Other
    1. Transportation updates.
      • Our school is similar to a magnet school that draws students from a wide area.
      • The board discussed that our school provides a unique education that will require some sacrifices in regards to transportation.
      • If parents believe in our school they will be willing to make concessions to get their kids here to learn.
      • The school had the first meeting of the transportation committee with parents from the bus routes.
      • The committee is made up of parents from one route.
      • The committee must word our transportation policy carefully so that people cannot find loopholes.
    2. Calendar
      • The board briefly talked about the calendar.
  10. AdjournMotion to adjourn the meeting at 8:17pm
    Motion by Mark Eilers
    Seconded by Christian Schmidt

The Nasha Shkola Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30
The finance Committee meets at 5:30 prior to the board meeting.


  1. Get all teacher profiles updated and get the board member profiles on the website.
  2. Get the website updated and edited.
  3. Teacher and board members must submit profiles.
  4. Russian language translation on website.
  5. Work on the wording of the sample advertisements.
  6. Create a physical calendar made of low quality paper to give to parents. Maybe put pictures of the school day throughout the year for the school months.
  7. The board decided to have Strategic Planning Meeting for January 30th 3:45pm. 
  8. Send wellness policy to Mary Hunn and Jennifer Kreiman.

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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6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
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