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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 21, 2017

  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 (6:55 pm)
    4. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    5. Alex Brusilovsky: Present
    6. Mark Eilers: Present
    7. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    8. Visitors in attendance: Gedaly Meerovich
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    The board moves to approve the agenda for this meeting.
    Motion: Mark Eilers
    Second: Elizaveta Lindman
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    Vision: To be an academically rigorous school preparing students for the world.
    Mission: Nasha Shkola will be a multi-cultural charter school committed to academic excellence, provide a highly structured learning environment based upon education best practices for students interested in the Russian language and culture, achieved through the collaborative efforts of parents, staff, and the communities we serve.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board
  5. Reports

    1. Chairs Executive Report: Yelena Hardcopf
    2. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment- 103 (steady)
      2. Student Achievement and LIT (Yelena Hardcopf)
        1. School has completed annual WIDA ACCESS test for ELL students.
        2. A group of students in grades 3-8 participated in national Math Kangaroo Competition.
        3. March is a reading month at Nasha.
        4. LIT: teachers will meet on weekly basis to work on standards & curriculum alignment .
    3. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report, Mark Eilers– Treasurer
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of February 2017 board meeting
    2. Financials February 2017
      1. The board moves to approve the minutes of the February 2017 board meeting and the financials for February 2017.
      2. Motion to approve consent agenda: Elizaveta Lindman Second: Alex Brusilovsky 6-0-0
  7. Old Business
    1. School building status and Approval of Lease
      1. The board discussed the potential lease for the Brooklyn Park location.
        Motion: The board moves to authorize the Executive Director to sign the lease for the Brooklyn Park location.
        Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
        Second by: Alexej Abyzov
      2. Nasha Shkola 2016-2017 enrollment projections and programming needs. The board discussed the need to increase enrollment and do a better job of marketing the school. The board also discussed the need to begin advertising our school with a sign at the new location as soon as possible. Inform the parents and conduct intent to return survey as soon as the lease is signed.
      3. FY 18 Calendar The board discussed the 2018 school calendar. Motion: To approve Nasha Shkola calendar for 2017-2018 school year. Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman Second by: Christian Schmidt 6-0-0
      4. Update on grant writing opportunities-Go Fund Me- Marbrook Operations Grant- STEM The school has started a new initiative to raise money for moving through Go Fund me. So far the school raised $2,000. The board discussed grant writing and opportunities for grants.
      5. Disability insurance update and developing Policy for Maternity Leave. The board discussed the wording of a policy on Maternity leave and disability insurance. The board discussed how to deal with a situation where a staff member takes maternity leave comes back then abruptly leaves.
      6. Director evaluation (to be completed in the end of the meeting) The board discussed the process of evaluating the director and the need for each member to complete their role in the process. The board is to review and adjust a questionnaire based on director job responsibilities.
      7. Review of Other Action Items The board went over the remaining action items from the February board meeting.
        1. Consider Dual Language programs in the Twin Cities area so that we can see how the model works: the school got in contact with University of MN
        2. Get people at least one from the community, parents, teachers, and other interested parties to join the group working on relocation of the school
        3. Consider academics and curriculum for next year (curriculum committee)
  8. New Business
    1. Development of FY 18 budget
      1. The board discussed the time of the meeting to develop the budget for FY 2018. The board settled on meeting at 4pm on April 4th, 2017 at the school.
    2. Plan annual meeting and recruit more candidates to run for the school board. The annual meeting will be on the last day of school, June 9th at 9 am. The board needs more candidates to run as there are openings for community and parent representatives. Board positions for election/reelection:
      Teacher :
      1 year – vacant
      2 year – Yelena Hardcopf
      3 year – Elizaveta Lindman
      1 year – vacant
      2 year – Mark Eilers
      3 year – Alex Brusilovsky
      1 year – vacant
      2 year – vacant (1 candidate)
      3 year – vacant 8.3
    3. Wellness policy revision for MDE requirements The board needs to form a wellness committee to meeting periodically to discuss wellness policy. The committee needs to be composed of a parent, teacher, community representative.
    4. Director Health Benefits The board discussed providing benefits to the executive director and decided that this will be revisited at the next meeting.
  9. Other 
  10. Adjourn
    Alex Brusilovsky moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:35pm. 6-0-0


  1. Inform the parents about the new address of the school as soon as the lease is signed.
  2. Conduct intent to return survey among the parents.
  3. Clarify the policy on maternity leave and disability insurance.
  4. Board members must complete the evaluation of the director.
  5. The board needs to set up a wellness committee with a parent representative, community representative, and a teacher to meet the guidelines from MDE.
  6. The board needs to recruit more candidates to run for school board.
  7. Begin marketing the new location of our school: signs, ads, etc.

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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6717 85th Avenue North
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