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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: November 20, 2018

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Ivanna Gradinar: Present
    • Julia Ishanova: Present
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada of RunGlobal Media
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Approval of the agenda.Elizaveta Lindman
    Ivanna Gradinar
  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
    • No comments from the public.
  5. Installation of a new board member: Andrew Wood as a teacher representative until June 2019
    Motion to install Andrew Wood as an active member of the Nasha Shkola board of directors.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
  6. Reports

    1. Director report
      1. Enrollment- WADM 103.51
      2. Outreach
        • Community Centers: Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove
        • Local childcare: Head Start Program BP, Angels
        • Russian-Speaking childcare
        • Grocery stores
        • Russian Newspaper
        • Facebook
        • Event: NY celebration for young children in community 12/22/2018
        • Churches: local Rus church Source of Life – speaking opportunity 11/14/18
        • Other: Parent-teacher conferences: great attendance 90%+
        • 363 sandwich project: community service event (during the conferences & on 11/26/18)
      3. Other reports
        • School Nutrition Review – December 2018
          December 12-13, 2019
          Last review – December 2015
          Free & reduced program (application, status verification, food safety, procedures, staff training, policies, etc.)
          Wellness policy (will need to be revised to meet all of the requirements)
        • Contract with IQS
          Note from MDE to IQS – contract didn’t meet all of the requirements, need to be addressed by IQS
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
      2. Line of Credit Transfer
        • NS paid off the rest of the Line of Credit ($25,000). We’ll keep it available for the future credit later in the school year ($80,000)
  7. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of the October 16, 2018 Board meeting
    2. Financials for September 2018.Motion to accept the consent agenda with a change to the wording in the October minutes referring to Paul Kinsley’s absence as a resignation rather than a sabbatical.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Julia Ishanova
      Yelena Kurdyumova abstained.
  8. Old Business
    1. Saturday Enrichment Program preliminary plan
      • Northern Lights Church is open to us having a Saturday program here at school. Their preference would be for us to keep programming in the classrooms as the big room is used to set up for Sunday services.
      • Saturdays 9AM-1PM during the school year.
      • Target audience: 4-7-year-old
      • The idea now is for the programming to run from January to May for about 20 weeks. This could be broken up into two parts lasting 8-9 weeks. Each Saturday would include a choice of classes each lasting 45 minutes.
      • Russian Language class (instructor identified)
      • Art/hands on classes (instructor identified)
      • Theater class (instructor identified)
      • Math class
    2. Special Board Election
      • We have reached out to the school’s lawyer for advice but have not heard back.
  9. New Business
    1. Designation of Identified Official with Authority for the MDE External User Access Recertification SystemApprove the Motion: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires that school districts annually designate an Identified Official with Authority to comply with State Access Control Security Standard 1.0 which states that all user access rights to Minnesota state systems must be reviewed and recertified at least annually. The Identified Official with Authority will assign job duties and authorize external user’s access to MDE secure systems for their local education agency (LEA). The Director recommends the Board authorize Yelena Hardcopf to act as the Identified Official with Authority (IOwA) for the Nasha Shkola Charter School 4208-07.

      Motion to designate Yelena Hardcopf as the identified official with authority for the MDE External User Access Recertification system as stated above.
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Julia Ishanova

    2. Annual report 2017-2018 approvalMotion to approve the annual report for 2017-2018.
      Elizaveta Lindman
      Yelena Kurdyumova
    3. Review and update director job responsibilities and evaluation
      • The board discussed the responsibilities and best practices of evaluating the director. The board discussed how evaluation was done in the past and the requirements of the evaluation. The board needs to examine the evaluation rubric.Motion to accept and enforce the job responsibilities of the executive director.
        Motion by: Yelena Kurdyumova
        Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov
    4. School policies: establish revision process
      • The board spent two years revising school policies. The board needs to renew the process and review and revise as needed. The board members are expected to read the policy and be prepared to approve or suggest revision at the next meeting.
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn at 8:20pm
    Motion by: Yelena Kurdyumova
    Seconded by: Ivanna Gradinar

The Nasha Shkola Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30
The finance Committee meets at 5:30 prior to the board meeting.


  1. Board members will read a policy as part of our review.
  2. Starting in December we will begin the review process with one or two policies.

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

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    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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