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School updates, important dates, and other notices.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: May 17, 2022

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alexej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Marisol Serdiouk: Present
    • Nicole Nelson: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors: Dr. Lora Lepisto Brown, Svetlana Kazanecki, Paul Kinsley
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve
    Motion by: Natalya Johnson
    Seconded by: Nicole Nelson
  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. Financial Report (Lisa Hasledalen)
      1. Monthly Finance Report: April 2022
    2. Director report
      1. School update
        • Enrollment:
          • The current enrollment is 145 students.
          • 10 new students were enrolled within the last month. All 10 students are refugees from Ukraine. We have been able to provide them with uniforms, bus transportation and school supplies. According to MDE, they are in “homeless” status.
        • Operations:
          • We are reaching out to vendors to set up contracts for the upcoming school year.
        • Student achievement (MCA):
          • We have completed MCAs and NWEA Reading tests.
          • All students in grades 3 – 8 took the MCA test including the newly added ELL students.
          • The APPL test for Russian language proficiency will take place next week.
        • Employment/staff update:
          • We are continuing to look for a middle school English Language Arts teacher.
          • There are currently no leads on for a SPED para or a pre-K teacher.
          • We are looking for a non-grade specific elementary school teacher to help with in-house teaching operations.
          • We have a lead right now.
          • There is an opening for a full-time Russian teacher.
  6.  Consent Agenda

    1. Minutes of April 19, 2022 Board meeting
    2. Financials April, 2022
    3. Adopted & Revised Budgets for FY22Motion to approve
      Motion by: Nicole Nelson
      Seconded by: Marisol Serdiouk
  7. Old Business
    1. New Lease & School relocation in 22-23
      • Fundraising (GoFundMe):
        • We have started school relocation fundraising.
        • We are looking to have a link placed on the school website for donations.
      • Site inspections
        • We are looking to use Fund 170 to purchase air purifying fans for each classroom.
      • Inspections/ New vendors
        • Fire (completed in April 2022): we have not yet received the results from the inspection.
        • Internet & Technology (WDTech): Steve Widerski will inspect internet and copier connections.
        • Phone & communications (Accent Communication): we are looking to continue with these vendors.
        • Pest control (ORKIN – new)
        • Janitorial services (Vivel LLC – new): we may use Vivel LLC or another independent contractor for janitorial services.
        • Visiting/field day – June 2, 2022: we are looking to schedule a field day to visit the new facility.
    2. NS Planning 22-23
      • Budget planning:
        • We will be able to approve the new budget during the June board meeting.
      • Contractors & Vendors
        • Designs for Learning – (being reviewed): it will be signed in the coming weeks.
        • Northstar transportation – signed
        • Nurse contract – signed
        • Health Insurance – updated
  8. Annual meeting & board elections update
      • Recommendation of the new candidates for election
        • Lydia Tonoyan, parent
        • Peter Keller, parent

          Motion to approve
          Motion by: Marisol Serdiouk
          Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

  9. Director evaluation
      • The score average was 4. There were some comments as well.
      • A policy / plan for director succession will be discussed and created.
  10. Other
    1. Uniform policy for grades 7 – 8
      • “No-uniform day” procedures are in the student handbook.
      • There have been instances of students not adhering to the school uniform policy.
      • We will review the uniform policy in the next board meeting.
    2. cell phone use
      • Cell phone use is part of the dress code and technology policies.
      • Upper-middle school students have had instances of using cell phones during the school day.

        Closed Meeting

        Motion to close the meeting.

        Motion to approve
        Motion by: Nicole Nelson
        Seconded by: Liza Lindman

        Motion to open the meeting.

        Motion to approve
        Motion by: Marisol Serdiouk
        Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

  11. AdjournMotion to approve
    Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson


Annual Board Election June 3, 2022.
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.

About Nasha Shkola

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.

Contact Us

    School Info

    Nasha Shkola
    6717 85th Ave 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