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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 17, 2020

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Absent
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Marina Condratiuc: Present, late
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Absent
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: None
  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
        – Enrollment is unchanged at 125
      2. Student Achievement: ACCESS & MCA
        – ACCESS testing is complete
        – MCA Reading is complete except for one student
        – Preliminary results are promising
        – 4th grade has mostly completed MCA Math
        – Testing window may be expanded, postponed, or cancelled
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        – Certain expenses such as transportation and food service may be reduced
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of February 18, 2020 Board meeting
    2. Financials February 2020
      Motion to approve the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
  7. Old Business
    1. Future development of school programs and results of the meeting with the IQS
      1. International Baccalaureate® (IB) programme
        – Must begin with teacher buy-in
        – The process of meeting the standards and becoming a candidate can take 3-5 years
        – International connection
        – Increase in rigor
        – Social/emotional learning aspect
        – Attractive to prospective families, especially non-Russian speakers
      2. IQS contract follow up
        – Still waiting to hear back about K-12 designation change
      3.  Other
        – Possible preschool will not be state funded
        – Considering our need for space before the lease renewal in two years
    2. NS Programming needs 20-21
      1. 5th grade classroom teacher
        – We will not hire a 5th grade classroom teacher at this time due to budget and space concerns
        – Potential plan to team teach ELA between 3rd and 4th
      2. Business Manager Position
        – Hiring Paul Kinsley as a business manager for 12k annually
        – Working part-time primarily from home
        – Hire now if budget allows
        Motion to create the business manager position as the budget allows.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Andrew Wood
      3. Enrollment projections and budget planning
        – Intention to return survey ongoing
        – It is unclear how distance learning might affect enrollment
        – 20 students have signed up for kindergarten
        – Setting a conservative budget has been successful this year, so we will do the same next year, projecting 120 to 125
    3. Annual meeting & requirement of new board members
    4. Calendar
      1. Approve drafted calendar
        – Begin before Labor Day in order to finish in the first week of June
        – Reduce teacher work days in August
        Motion to approve the calendar with appropriate revisions.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc
  8. New Business
    1. NS Pandemic Plan
      Social Distancing
      Distance learning
      – Clear communication
      – Paper and online
      – Google classroom
      – Parent cooperation
      Motion to approve the agenda as written.
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
    2. NS eLearning Plan
      Postponed until summer
      School is working on Distance Learning Plan to be completed by March 30, 2020
    3. Director evaluation
    4. Review and update board policies: Chapter 5 (5.7.3-5.9.1)
      – Policy 5.7.3 Students’ Free Speech Rights
      – Policy 5.8.1 Cyberbullying-Prohibited Use of Technology
      – Policy 5.8.2 Internet and Educational Network Safety and Acceptable Use
      – Policy 5.8.3 Use of Social Media in School
      – Policy 5.9.1 Student Extracurricular Participation

      Motion to approve board policies 5.7.3 – 5.9.1
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc

  9. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn.
    Motion by: Christman Schmidt
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood

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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    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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