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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: January 21, 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: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: James Zacchini (IQS), Sergei Porada
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve agenda as written.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood
  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. Enrollment –ADM
        • 127 students, 125.68 ADM (younger students represent less funding)
      2. Student Achievement
        • Winter may show a dip that evens out in spring
        • Data is inconsistent / may fluctuate
        • Good results in several grades
        • 7th grade high achievers with low growth, possibly due to lack of student motivation
        • Changes made to interventions and guided reading to address gaps and better support needs of students
        • Math test was not administered in middle school due to less concern about math scores
      3. Other reports
        • APPL Russian test in four domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening to establish baseline
        • 8th graders who achieve a certain level in Russian will receive state certification
        • Approved as NEWL testing site – online AP word language test, open to graduates of NS as well as the community
        • Early February meeting with IQS scheduled – information about preschool forthcoming. Preschool unlikely due to the unavailability of state funding, even with approval
        • New Year Program presentation for elderly was a success
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        • $635,007 received in Fund 01 = 47% of budget
        • $598,104 expended in Fund 01 = 45% of budget
        • Fund 01 balance = $36,903
        • $18,019 received in Fund 02 (food service) = 33% of budget
        • $22,065 expended in Fund 02 = 41% of budget
        • Fund 02 deficit = $4,046 due to delay in food service funding
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of December 17, 2019 Board meeting
    2. Financials December 2019
      Motion to approve the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova
  7. Old Business
    1. Annual Board Self-Evaluation results
      1. Opportunity for individual board members as well as the board as a whole to reflect on how to better serve
  8. New Business
    1. Future development of school programs’
      1. New hires depending on budget
        1. ELL teacher
          – Reading specialist would be ideal, but unlikely
          – ELL teacher would need to serve multiple roles
          – Difficult to find high-quality hires in this area
          – Lack of state funding due to low numbers despite high need
        2. Dedicated 5th grade teacher
          – Students lack maturity and difficulty with transitions
          – Benefit to both 5th grade and 6-8th
          – Possibly better investment than ELL
        3. Enrollment and outreach position
          – Hourly basis, as-needed
          – Must speak Russian fluently
          – Reaching out to entities and organizations
          – Social media as well as in-person
          – Generate interest in Russian as a foreign language
          – Other charter schools have similar positions

          Motion to develop part-time position of Enrollment and Outreach
          Motion by: Christian Schmidt
          Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov

      2. Direction of the school
        1. Preschool
          – Consider private since the public funds are not available or reliable
        2. High school
          – Interest for high school in the past
          – Two years until lease renewal to plan
          – Other charter schools use college credits to supplement (PSEO)
          – Students typically transport themselves in public school, but charters sometimes provide transportation
          – Current location is near to colleges NS could partner with
          – Age and maturity discrepancies can be a concern
          – Attrition in middle school due to anticipating transition to other schools
          – Construction or relocation would be a likely outcome
          – Consultation with IQS and Designs For Learning as resources for planning
          – Reach out to family community for interest, concerns, and desires
          – Look into laws and options for partial homeschool
    2. Review and update board policies: Chapter 5 (5.4.4-5.5.4):

      Policy 5.6.1 Section 504 Accommodations
      Policy 5.6.2 Use of Restraints
      Policy 5.6.3 Removal of Students with IEPs
      Policy 5.7.1 Tennessen Warning
      Policy 5.7.2 School Lockers

      Motion to approve Policies 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, 5.7.1, and 5.7.2
      Motion by: Andrew Wood
      Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc

  9. Other
    1. Twin Cities Catering Meeting
      – Russian food offerings
      – Spring is the time to evaluate vendors
      – Offered to match current prices
      – Need to determine whether able to meet MDE requirements
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:43
    Motion by: Christian 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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