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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 10, 2016

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    2. Oksana Cox:Present
    3. Natalia Kormina: Absent
    4. Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    5. Christian Schmidt: Present (7:20pm)
    6. Ben Wallace: Present
    7. Alex Brusilovsky:Present
    8. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member.: Present
    9. Visitors in attendance: Whitney Nash, Nicole Larson, and Jim Redfield.
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Approval of the agenda.
    Motion by: Oksana Cox
    Second: Elizaveta Lindman
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    1. Read by the director.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board
    No comments from public.
  5. Reports
    1. Co-Chairs Executive Report- Yelena Hardcopf
    2. Executive Director report, Executive Director Paul Kinsley
      1. Current Enrollment: 127.39
      2. Present Challenges
        1. Update on lease negotiations with MCA.
        2. Club Tonka Volleyball use and access to school was discussed.
      3. Student Achievement
        1. The lead teacher reported that RTI and benchmarking will help us plan for next year.
      4. Staff Update
        1. Sped Teacher and 4th Grade teacher. Our school has hired a special education teacher and a fourth grade teacher.
      5. LIT (Yelena Hardcopf)
        1. The team has been enlarged to include more staff to implement formative assessment with other initiatives such as SIOP, RTI, curriculum alignment and other areas.
        2. The team will work to bring Nasha Shkola school wide initiatives within the umbrella of LIT.
        3. The team is currently working on categorizing initiatives that fall under the area of formative assessment.
    3. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report, Lisa Haseldon, Designs for Learning
        1. Fund balance is currently $151,067.00 and considered strong.
        2. Food service is $5,821.00 with no money for February received yet.
        3. Community service fund is running a deficit of 829.00 in the red.
      2. FY 16 Cash Flow Update
        1. Paper work from venture bank has been approved.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of February 11, 2016 Board Meeting.
    2. Financials for February 1916.
    3. Approve work agreement for Natalie Hansen-SpEd 1.0 FTE and Melanie Loso- 4th grade 1.0 FTE.
      Approval of the consent agenda for the meeting including minutes for the January February 11th, 2016 meeting, financials for February 2016, a work agreement for Natalie Hansen-SpEd 1.0 FTE and a work agreement for Melanie Loso- 4th Grade 1.0 FTE.
      Motion by: Ben Wallace
      Second: Oksana Cox
  7. Old Business
    1. Nasha Shkola enrollment projections and programming needs. The school should have a goal of 95% retention of student’s year over year. Parents have requested more formal or challenging work for students. The school needs to develop and distribute a survey for parents and staff.
    2. Strategic plan of action for 5 years. The board discussed talks between the director and MCA about the lease.
    3. Review of Action Items.
      1. Finance training for board members around the time for planning the budget in march
      2. Plan annual meeting and recruit more candidates to run for the school board.
      3. Post the enrollment information on the website.
      4.  The board needs to create a survey for parents about the school.
      5.  Invite parents to the talent show.
      6. The board needs to schedule a parent’s night sometime in March.
      7.  The board may pair this parent’s night with the stargazing astronomy presentation from Mike Lynch.
      8. The board needs to make sure to take attendance for the parent’s nights.
      9.  The board needs to add more staff development days to the calendar for 2017.
      10.  The school needs to send a letter to 8th grade parents about the school’s decision not to open a ninth grade next year.
      11.  The board needs to recruit parent, community members, and teachers to run for open board positions.
      12.  The board needs to follow up with Amity.
      13.  The board should look into connections with U of M Slavic Studies program.
      14.  Start the search for the reading core replacement.
      15. Look into Ros Sotrudnichestovo for recruiting Russian speaking staff.
      16. The board needs to revise the improvement plan for the spring.
      17. Potential for partnering with the organization that toured the school.
        1. The board discussed the above action items from the previous meeting.
        2. The board discussed times for the strategic planning meeting. Scheduled for Monday March 14th, 2016.
        3. The board discussed satisfaction surveys for parents and teachers.
        4. The board discussed scheduling.
        5. The board scheduled parent’s night for April 7th, at 6:30pm.
        6. Mike Lynch presentation will be postponed until the fall.
        7. The board discussed scheduling of the community night settling on May 19th.
        8. Ros Sotrudichestovo can be contacted by writing a quick summary of the needs and timeframe of our school as well as requirements.
        9. The school still needs to contact the U of M Slavic studies department, the Russian museum of Art, and the Russian Education Center in Shakopee.
        10. The school is still looking for a reading corps replacement.
  8. New Business
    1. Approval of MACS Chapter 6 policies and chapter 5 revisions.
      Approval of the MACS Chapter 6 policies and chapter 5 revisions.
      Motion by Christian Schmidt
      Second by: Ben Wallace
    2. Approve revised budget-FY 16.
      Approval of the revised budget for FY-2016.
      Motion by: Ben Wallace
      Second by Liza Lindman
    3. Approve FY 17 school calendar.
      1. The board discussed the school calendar and dates for staff training for the upcoming year.
      2. Discussion of trimesters versus quarters. Discussion of JMC use and how to get parents connected.
      3. Investigate schoology.
        Approval of the school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.
        Motion by: Ben Wallace
        Second by: Liza Lindman
      4. Mileage reimbursement for staff-review eligibility.
        1. The board discussed the eligibility of staff for mileage reimbursement with regards to transport of students.
      5. Building Tour-Kevin Peck.
        1.  The director updated the board about the Kevin Pecks tour of a building in NE Minneapolis that could be a potential site for our school if our school needs to move. The school was a nice building and was up for $145,000.
  9. Adjourn
    Christian Schmidt moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:05.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Second by: Ben Wallace.

Action items:

  1. Board members need to send Yelena and Oksana their plans for the board with regards to commitment to further service.
  2. The board should review and comment on the strategic plan page 1 by the end of the weekend.
  3. Look into developing a safety plan for school lockdowns especially how staff should communicate in case of an emergency as our school does not have connected classrooms.
  4. Look into heating issues.
  5. Investigate schoologoy.
  6. Contact JMC to discuss what we can do about creating more detailed grade reports from JMC.
  7.  Contact JMC about parent portal and how to get parents hooked up to this.
  8.  Contact Ros Sotrudnichestovo to with information about candidates for staff.
  9.  Move the Mike Lynch presentation to the fall.
  10. Parents night is scheduled for April 7th at 6:30pm.
  11. Parents survey should be online and mail in.
  12. The teachers survey should be online and anonymous.

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