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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: November 15, 2022

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Nicole Nelson: Absent
    • Lydia Tonoyan: Present
    • Alexej Abyzov: Present
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Peter Keller: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member
    • Visitors: Bondo Nyembwe, Dr. Lora Lepisto Brown, Eugene Serdiouk, Marisol Serdiouk
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion by: Natalya Johnson
    Seconded by: Peter Keller
    5-0-0
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    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.
    Vision: To be an academically rigorous school preparing students for continued success as motivated learners and global citizens.
  4. Reports
    1. Reports
      1. Executive Director Report
        • 2 bottle filling stations have been installed.
        • We have hired a plumber to complete minor repairs in the facilities.
          boiler and heating update: the boiler has been functioning successfully. The landlord worked to repair the boiler. In late October, there was an issue with the boiler in which water spilled into the cafeteria. The landlord promptly addressed the issue.
        • We have hired Mariam Dergacheva as our office manager. She is bilingual in Russian and English.
        • Report cards and
        • We have a Reading Corp volunteer. She works with “bubble” readers in younger elementary grades.
        • A Leadership meeting will take place tomorrow. We will discuss using Fund 161 for after school tutoring.
        • We have two visiting scholars from Kazakhstan. This was through our partnership with the University of Minnesota.
        • Our New Year Program will be on Friday, December 16th. We have purchased a sound system and are working with a handyman to build a stage. We will be using the risers for the program as well.
        • A PTO meeting will be held on Friday, November 18th.
        • We have applied for Lease Aid.
        • The Annual Report draft has been completed. It needs to be reported to the state by December 1st.
        • The STAR report is completed.
        • The World Best Work Force report is in the final stages of completion.
      2. Financial Report – October 2022
        1. Fund 01
          • As of October 31, 2022 the school has received in Fund 01 a total of $439,822 of current Fiscal Year State, Federal, and Local revenues which is 23% of its current budgeted amount.
          • As of October 31, 2022 the school has expended in Fund 01 $542,139 which is 28% of its current budgeted expense.
          • Nasha Shkola ended October 2022 with a current fiscal year to date Fund 01 deficit balance (revenues received less expenditures incurred) of ($102,317).
        2. Fund 02
          • As of October 31, 2022 the school has received in Fund 02 a total of $685 of current Fiscal Year State, Federal, and Local revenues which is 1% of its current budgeted amount.
          • As of October 31, 2022 the school has expended in Fund 02 $16,828 which is 25% of its current budgeted expense.
          • Nasha Shkola ended October 2022 with a current fiscal year to date Fund 02 deficit balance (revenues received less expenditures incurred) of ($16,143).
        3. Overview-Balance Sheet
          • Nasha Shkola Charter School had a total cash balance of $376,457 at the end of October 2022 reflected across all funds.
          • Nasha Shkola had a balance of $6,264 in accounts receivable at October 31, 2022.
          • There was a balance of $40,792 in current liabilities for general accounts payable and payroll liabilities at October 31, 2022. A portion of the liability is for payroll withholdings on the last day of the month which are not paid until the first days of the next month, thus they are reflected on the current balance sheet.
          • Nasha Shkola had an overall audited fund balance of $505,979 at June 30, 2022 which includes its investments in fixed assets.
          • The Adopted Budget Approved is based on 130 ADM or 135 pupil units. State aid is being paid on 135 ADM or 141 Pupil Unit.
  5.  Consent Agenda

    1. Minutes of October 18th, 2022 Board meeting
    2. Financials October, 2022
    3. Employment confirmation:
      Mariam Dergacheva, Office Manager 1.0 FTE

      Motion to approve
      Motion by: Peter Keller
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
      5-0-0

  6. Old Business
    1. School Budget adjustment
      • The school budget will be adjusted at a later date.
    2. IQS contract renewal update
      • New areas of performance are added to the new scorecard.
      • We will be evaluated on an annual basis.
      • IQS will provide consultation help as needed.
  7. New Business
    1. Annual Report 21-22

      Motion to approve
      Motion by: Peter Keller
      Seconded by: Lydia Tonoyan
      5-0-0

    2. Affiliated Building Corporation update
      • TenSquare provides comprehensive real estate options for charter schools.
      • We need to create an Affiliated Building Corporation before we can work with TenSquare.
      • We would need to hire a lawyer to set up the corporation.
      • There is a $6,000 flat fee for lawyer services.

        Motion to approve
        Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
        Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
        5-0-0

    3. MACS Membership
      • Minnesota Association of Charter Schools provide advocacy, leadership, and community services.
      • The minimum annual membership fee is $1,250.

        Motion to not sign up for the membership
        Motion by: Peter Keller
        Seconded by: Lydia Tonoyan
        4-1-0
        Alexej Abyzov – abstain

    4. Conducting Board meetings by interactive technology (Minnesota Statutes 2022, Section 13D.02)
    5. Review and update board policies: Chapter 5 (5.5.1-5.5.4)
      Policy 5.5.1 Chemical Use and Abuse
      Policy 5.5.2 Drug Free Workplace Drug Free School
      Policy 5.5.3 Tobacco Free Environment
      Policy 5.5.4 Concussion Management

      Motion to approve policies Chapter 5
      Motion by: Lydia Tonoyan
      Seconded by: Peter Keller
      5-0-0

  8. Adjourn
    Motion to approve
    Motion by: Peter Keller
    Seconded by: Lydia Tonoyan
    5-0-0

    Next Board Meeting:
    December 20th, 2022 – 6:30 Nasha Shkola School
    The Nasha Shkola Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM.
    The Finance Committee meets at 5:30PM prior to the board meeting.
    See the Nasha Shkola web page for the agenda and minutes of meetings.

Nasha Shkola School Campus

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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    School Info

    Nasha Shkola
    2225 Zenith Avenue North
    Golden Valley, MN 55422

    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