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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 23, 2021

Location: Zoom Webinar

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Paul Kinsley
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda.
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
  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. Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board.
  5. Reports
    1. Executive Director report
      1. School update
        • Enrollment
          107 ADM / 106.9 Pupil Units
          2 students recently moved states
        • Operations
          Distance learning students are returning
          Procedures will continue as before
          Testing and quarantining after spring break
        • HR & Personnel
          Kindergarten teacher on maternity leave
          Russian language teacher will be leaving for maternity leave
        • Academic Achievement/State Assessments
          Currently in assessment period
          Third quarter ending
          ACCESS testing completed
          MCA math + science after spring break
          Russian assessment for 7-8
          MCA reading will be completed
          Drop in score possible due to distance learning
          Large turnover in students
          No data for new students to compare growth
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report – February 2021
        • Fund 01 = $908,670 received = 62% of budget
          $869,572 expended = 59% of budget
          Balance = $39,098 .
        • Fund 02 (Food Service) = $14,320 received = 26% of budget
          $23,728 expended = 43% of budget
          Balance = ($9408).
          Total cash balance = $312,515Discrepancy in Fund 02 is being investigated and will be resolved with commodity reimbursement.
          Some money will be held back in the fall due to the difference between expected budget of 120 and actual count of 107.
          Money from the fund balance will cover the difference, but the balance will not drop below 14%.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of February 16, 2021 Board meeting
    2. Financials February, 2021
      Motion to accept the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Andrew Wood
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  7. Old Business
    1. Programming needs 21-22
      1. Science teacher 5-8 grades
        Teacher is leaving due to personal reasons and commute conflict
        Science is a high-demand area; shortage of teachers
      2. Kindergarten (potentially 2 classes)
        High interest; numbers are soft
        Space difficulties with two classes
      3. Enrollment projections and budget planning
        Many families returning
        Planning for 120
        Expected rebound from covid drop
    2. School calendar 21-22
      Prep week reduced to one
      Start before labor day to end earlier
      Winter break will be returning to shorterMotion to accept the proposed calendar.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Andrew Wood

    3. By-laws legal review/revision
      Delayed to review registered office of corporation
  8. New Business
    1. Mid-year IQS review
      Update website bios and post board training calendar
    2. NS Uniform
      Moving from a dress code to an official uniform
      Beginning with shirts or outerwear
      Issues with lack of standard
    3. Annual Board meeting & election: June 4, 2021
      Recruitment of new board members (community, parents)
  9. Other: upcoming March Board Meeting
    1. Director Evaluation
      Motion to close the meeting.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  10. Closed sessionMotion to increase the Executive Director’s salary by $10,000.
    Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood

    Discussion of adjusted scale for teachers with experience or years at school to be revisited at budget

    Motion to reopen the meeting.
    Motion by: Natalya Johnson
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood

  11. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:19.
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

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

    School Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Office Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8 am – 4 pm