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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: June 19, 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 – 7 PM
    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
    The board moves to approve the Agenda.
    Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    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- 120; claiming 115. Student attendance data has been turned into the state to be finalized.
      2. School Improvement (Yelena Hardcopf)
        • Report cards were sent to parents.
        • The school is waiting for the results of the MCA tests before completing a comprehensive needs assessment.
        • Ms. Hardcopf received training on (ESSA) a new way of assessing student achievement. Schools will now be looked at through a prism made up of different kinds of data such as MCA test results, attendance and ACCESS tests results. If a school has less than 90% attendance among students, it will be a chronic absence.
        • On June 26th the LIT team will analyze results and get training on ESSA.
      3. Staff update
        • The school has offered a job as a reading specialist with 50% of the work divided between working as a reading specialist and helping administration.
        • One teacher may be looking for a job elsewhere.
      4. Other reports
        • Discussion of promotion of the school through social networks.
        • Discussion of ways to reach out to prospective students and parents.
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Financial Report, Mark Eilers – Treasurer
        • Fund 1 had a deficit of $60,432.
        • Fund 2 had a deficit of $2,833.
      2. Account Balance
        • Total cash balance $49,630 at the end of May 2018.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of May 15, 2018 Board meeting.
    2. Financials May 2018.
    3. Approval of new employee’s agreements:
      Elizabeth Das 1.0 FTE (Science 5-8)The board moves to approve the Minutes of May 15, 2018, financials of May 2018, employee agreement with Elizabeth Das, and corrections to the marketing report and CSP in the May 15, 2018 minutes.

      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Mark Eilers

  7. Old Business
    1. Budget FY19 revised draft (125 students)-approval
      • The board discussed the budget.
      • The general fund will increase.
      • Transportation costs will increase.
      • The building lease increases.
      • The director will raise wages for teachers if we get extra money from the state or if we have more than 125 students enrolled next school year.Motion to adopt the 2017-2018 revised proposed budget and the proposed budget for 2018-2019.
        Motion by Mark Eilers
        Seconded by Elizaveta Lindman
    2. Adjustment of school calendar
      The expansion of the school day for 2018-2019 required a revision of the school calendar.
      The number of days with students will be 167 days.
      The number of teacher work days will be 184.
      Fridays throughout the year were added as teacher work days.
      No early release days on the new calendar as this cannot be accommodated by our transportation company.
      Motion to adopt the calendar as revised by Natalia Johnson and Nicole Larson for the 2018-2019 school year.
      Motion by: Mark Eilers
      Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
    3. Transportation services update (Van purchase)
      • No van purchase at this time.
      • Our transportation needs will be met by NorthStar.
      • The company has grouped our school with three other schools on buses and will keep the existing four routes.
      • The board discussed the changes to transportation and talked about text message alerts.
      • Discussion of ways of decreasing transportation costs.
      • The board agreed that parent involvement is critical and that the transportation committee should be activated again.
    4. Grant writing opportunities update (Literacy Grant)
      • The school’s application for the Literacy Grant was rejected. There were too many requests from other schools that had appeared more critical than our school.
    5. Strategic planning: final updates 5/22/2018 meeting
      • The board discussed the results of the last planning meeting and asked some questions about the end product.
    6. Possibility of sharing staff with another school
      • The director met with administrators from SAGE Academy also of Brooklyn Park. It is a high school that allows students more independence in study.
      • Director Kinsley met with the leaders of the school to talk about ways to partner. For example, our school could provide Russian language classes to students at SAGE and a SAGE physical education teacher could teach our students. This could mutually benefit both schools.
  8. New Business
    1. Approval of IQS 5-year contract
      The board discussed the five-year contract with IQS. The five-year contract is an achievement for our school. Our previous contract was three years because of previous mismanagement. A five-year contract shows that our authorizer has confidence in our school.Motion to approve of the IQS five-year contract.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Mark Eilers
    2. Annual Board elections results
      Mark Eilers (Community)- 37 votes.
      Ivanna Gradinar (Parent)- 39 votes.
      Julia Ishanova (Parent)- 41 votes.
      Yelena Hardcopf (Teacher) 49 votes.
      • The new members will be seated at the July 17th school board meeting.
      • The board of directors has one opening for a community position. It can’t be filled until someone is elected.
    3. PTO revision/suggestions
      Our school allows teachers seven days of paid time off. A staff missed more than the allotted time for moving, sickness, and helping a family member move. This staff was docked pay for the missed days beyond the allotted seven and asked the administration to be reimbursed as the school did not have to spend money on a substitute teacher.
      The board discussed the situation of the staff member. Most of the board believed that the teacher should not be reimbursed as the staff exceeded the agreed upon number of paid time off days. In addition, the classroom had to be staffed and other staff were pulled from doing other jobs to cover this classroom. The board discussed the issue of this being like a slippery slope and not enforcing the allotted paid time off bringing in a flood of staff missing days beyond the seven and asking to be reimbursed. An argument to reimburse the teacher was made by a teacher representative, Mr. Schmidt. Schmidt stated that we are a small school and we must keep our teachers happy. Reimbursing this staff would be a small cost to avoid losing a good teacher. In the end the board did not make a motion and agreed no changes to paid time off would be made.
    4. The board examined a spreadsheet with data on a variety of health plans. The board discussed the increase in premiums for the school’s current health insurance plan. For some the cost would of monthly premiums would increase to over a $100 a month. Others would see increases of 50$. The board looked at other health plans offered by Medica, Preferred One, Blue/Cross and Blue Shield, and our current provider HealthPartners. The members discussed premiums, deductibles, prescription drug coverage, and comparisons to our current plan. The board agreed we need to avoid increases to premiums or to switch to a higher deductible plan.
      Motion to authorize the director to look at Medica Elect Network $2,000-100%HSA and Health Partners Perform Network $2,500-100 HAS Rx plus and allow the director to make a final decision about health insurance for the upcoming school year.
      Motion by: Mark Eilers
      Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
    5. Directors contract renewal
      The board discussed the contract with Paul Kinsley.Motion to approve the contract with Paul Kinsley as the school’s executive director.

      Motion by: Yelena Kurdyumova
      Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov

  9. Other
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:27pm.
    Motion by Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Yelena Hardcopf

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. The school needs to activate the transport committee.
  2. Remind staff of PTO.

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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