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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: June 18, 2019

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present (6:38)
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Ivanna Gradinar: Present
    • Julia Ishanova: Present
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Present (6:38)
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Absent
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda as written.
    Motion by Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by Ivanna Gradinar
  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
    • No public comments.
  5. Reports

    1. Director report
      1. Enrollment Projections
        • The school is projecting to have 110 students for the 2019-2020 school year. This is based on survey data. We have about 10 other students who are undecided.
      2. Student Achievement (NWEA)
        • NWEA growth summary report was analyzed by the board. For math and reading we saw gains in student growth for most grades. Second grade had great growth. Only eighth grade saw a drop-in math, but this is based on three students. NWEA norms are national norms and are lower than MN norms. We have higher expectations for education than most other states.
        • Overall the data looks good. We have done a lot of work in reading and writing. We have seen resulting growth. The next focus is on spoken English. We are also looking to differentiate math more in elementary grades.
      3. Annual elections results
        • Forty-Three people voted in the annual election of 2019. Elizaveta Lindman was elected with 25 votes for a three-year term as a teacher representative.
        • Andrew Wood won a two-year term as a teacher representative with 23 votes.
        • Marina Contratiuc won a three-year term as a parent representative with 31 votes.
        • The new members will be seated at the July meeting.
          Motion to accept the election results from the 2019 board election.
          Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
          Seconded by Yelena Kurdyumova
      4. Staff update
        • As of right now it looks nearly all of our staff are returning. Our third-grade teacher will be leaving to teach at another school. Distance was cited as a reason for moving to another school.
      5. Other reports

    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report- May
        The school has a deficit of $38,000 dollars in Fund 01.
        The school had a deficit of $4,594 in Fund 02. This is projected to break-even, but snow days may complicate this.
        Question on Fund 01 deficit and why it is so high. The school has not been paid. The school will eventually get the money for Fund 01 to be positive.
        Questions about Gedaly Meerovich payments. The payments should be finished by September or October of this year.
        The school had a total cash balance of $32, 180 at the end of May.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of May 14th, 2019 Board meeting
    2. Financials May 2019
      Motion to accept the consent agenda including the minutes of the May 14th, 2019 board meeting and financial for May 2019.
      Motion by Julia Ishanova
      Seconded by Yelena Kurdyumova
  7. Old Business
    1. Budget FY 2019
      • The board examined the revised budget for 2019. We are cutting back from 125 students to 115 ADM as we finish the year. Our fund balance will be $7,224.
        Motion to accept the revised budget of 105 students.
        Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
        Seconded by Julia Ishanova
    2. Budget FY 2020
      • Our bus contract has not been signed yet, but it will not affect the overall numbers. All teachers will get a 1 or 1.5% raise in wages. The board discussed the position for phy-ed teacher for elementary school and if the school should wait to sign an employee agreement. With a budget of 110 students we will have a lower fund balance. Question on general education aide and if it is better to revise up or down. There was a question about travel and conference money used to pay for the previous directors’ travel expenses from Wisconsin to the twin cities.

      Motion to accept proposed budget for 2019-2020 based on 110 students.
      Motion by Alexej Abyzov.
      Seconded by Ivanna Gradinar

    3. School Policies Review:
      • NS Wellness Policy approval
        Motion to approve of the Wellness Policy as revised and written.
        Motion by Yelena Kurdyumova
        Seconded by Ivanna Gradinar
    4. Director Evaluation Results
      • Evaluation was excellent. Most scores were four and above. Five is the highest score possible.
  8. New Business
    1. IQS Scorecard FY19 results
      • IQS does this yearly then gives us a score in five areas. The top score is a four. We scored above three in all areas. We have a composite score of 3.2 We have just signed a contract with IQS for five years.
    2. School Satisfaction Survey results (Parents, Staff, and Students)
      • The board members looked at the data from parents, staff, and students.
    3. School development
      Our school had two guests from California who have set up charter schools such as the California Charter Academy and Global Outreach Charter School in Florida. The pair came on our last day of school. Both are school development experts and are advising schools. They would like to know if we want to work with them to build our enrollment. The guests commented on some things our school could do to improve our enrollment. They suggested we work to boost enrollment among our local population of potential students. Our should be to have 20% of our students drawn from the community around the school. We need to be strategic about how we reach out to prospective students. We need to look for areas in Osseo and Brooklyn Park and do targeted marketing. We need to think strategically about where we want to go as a school. We may even have think about changing the name of the school to appeal to a broader population. The pair has an educational consulting firm. They would like to know if we want to contract with them. We would pay them based on our increase in enrollment. The board agreed we should pursue this.
  9. Other
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:53pm.
    Motion by Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by Julia Ishanova


  1. Pursue work with consulting firm.

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

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