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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: May 19, 2020

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Marina Condratiuc: Present
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Present
    • 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 the agenda as written.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Yelena Kurdyumova
    7-0-0
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    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 – 125.87 ADM
      2. Distance Learning
        • Technology: distributed 25 laptops
        • Luches; weekly drop off – 24 students (Seamless Summer Program)
        • Attendance / participation
          • from week 1 – 93% to week 6 – 99%
        • Teacher workshops
          • Focus on social-emotional wellbeing (Fridays)
          • Video conferencing and live instruction
          • Using support staff/providing instructional and organizational support/snapshot
        • Events
          • Math Kangaroo
          • Annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian
        • NS DL survey: preliminary results (results only from parents who responded)
          • Majority of parents satisfied with distance learning process
          • Majority report video instruction taking place most days or at least once a week
          • Majority report four hours or more spent on school work
          • Majority of parents are satisfied with amount of school work
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        • Fund 01
          • $1,065,212 received = 79% of budget
          • $1,054,563 expended = 79% of budget
          • $10,649 balance
        • Fund 02 (food service)
          • May change due to different funding sources for food service
          • $35,807 received = 66% of budget
          • $37,946 expended = 70% of budget
          • ($2,138) balance
        • Balances
          • $38,547 total cash balance
          • $21,759 accounts receivable
          • $32800 liabilities
        • Other
          • May 11, 2020 paid off line of credit, new line of credit $75000
          • May 4, 2020 PPPP loan $147,000
          • Northstar Bus: credit on gas $5,000 applied in June invoice
          • NLCC utilities reduction for April and May 5,056.30 (Operating expenses)
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of April 21, 2020 Board meeting
      1. Financials April 2020
        Motion to approve the consent agenda.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc
        7-0-0
  7. Old Business
    1. NS Planning 20-21
      1. Enrollment projections & Intent to return survey
        • 21 kindergarten, 125 total, 4 undecided
      2. Staff: intent to return
        • 1st grade teacher leaving
      3. Budget planning
        • 120 students
      4. Contractors & Vendors:
        • School Nurse Contract renewal/Hennepin Healthcare – signed
        • Health Partners (health insurance) – signed
        • Delta Dental (dental insurance) – signed
        • Colonial Life Insurance – signed
        • Northstar Bus Company – $156,896 annually
        • Lease
          • Current lease: able to adjust base rent upwards from 125 students ($182,500) to 135 students ($197,100), $14,600 difference due
          • $5,056.30 credit will apply to $14,600 base rent due June 30, 2020
          • FY 2020-2021: $189,900 based on 130 students, original lease $204,400, $14,600 difference due at the end of the year

            Motion to approve the lease agreement.
            Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
            Seconded by: Christian Schmidt
            7-0-0

    2. Annual meeting
      1. Board Development Committee
        • 2 active board members, director, 1 parent, 1 teacher
        • Committee reviewed nominations, conducted interviews, sent orientation information, made final selection
      2. Recommendation of the new candidates for election
        • Natalya Johnson, Teacher 3 years
        • Yelena Kurdyumova, Community (not recommended)
          • Yelena requests more information about board development committee activity and bylaws
        • Alexej Abyzov, Parent, 3 years
        • Marina Condratiuc, Parent 1 year

          Motion to accept Natalya Johnson, Alexej Abyzov, and Marina Condratiuc as candidates.
          Motion by: Christian Schmidt
          Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
          4-0-3

    3. Board election June 4, 2020
      1. Electronic voting (voters must agree)
        • SurveyMonkey
        • Google Forms
      2. Paper ballots with addressed and stamped envelopes for return voting
  8. New Business
    1. Review and update board policies: Chapter 6 (6.1-6.)
      • Policy 6.5 Online Learning
      • Policy 6.6 Pledge of Allegiance
        • Pledge is not used in accordance with the policy at present
        • Board will look into adopting a more effective policy
      • Policy 6.7 Field Trips and Travel Policy
      • Policy 6.8 Parent Involvement
      • Policy 6.9 Compliance with Academic Standards and Authorizer Contract

        Motion to accept policies 6.5, 6.7, 6.8, and 6.9.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Marina Condratiuc
        7-0-0

  9. Other
    1. Director evaluation
      1. Scores above 4 in every category
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn at 7:53 pm.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood
    7-0-0

Annual Board Election June 4, 2020.
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
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8 am – 4 pm