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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: October 16, 2018

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Ivanna Gradinar: Absent
    • Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    • Julia Ishanova: Present
    • Yelena Kurdyumova: Absent
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Christian Schmidt: Present
    • Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Andrew Wood and Yakov Gradinar
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting

    Motion: Approval of the agenda with the addition of items under old business 7.1 Budget revision, 7.2 Director resignation and management transition, as well as 7.3 enrollment strategies and a correction of the next date of the next board meeting to be November 20, 2018.
    Motion by: Yelena Hardcopf
    Seconded by: Christian Schmidt

  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision – Paul Kinsley
    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. Reports

    1. Executive Director report
      1. Enrollment- WADM 103.51
      2. Other reports
        • No new information on academic reports
    2. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report
        • Fund 01 positive balance of $73,998
        • Fund 02 deficit of $4,109
        • Fund balance $86,714
      2. Bank balance update
        • $81,552.67
      3. Debt service update
        • Our school has a $25,000 line of credit.
        • $15,000 will be paid tomorrow then the remaining $10,000 will be paid in early November.
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of September 18, 2018 Board meeting
    2. Financials September 2018.
    3. Employment contract approval: Nicole and SamApproval of the consent agenda including the minutes and financials from the September board meeting.
      Motion by Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman
  7. Old Business
    1. Budget revision
      • The board looked at the proposed budget for 115 students.
      • 2nd budget revision needs to be competed in January or February to reflect more careful student count.
      • The board discussed decreasing the budget gradually.

        Motion: approve the revised budget of 115 students.
        Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
        Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman

    2. Director resignation
      • The board read a letter from Director Kinsley announcing his resignation. The stated reason is budgetary. Paul has resigned to save the school money for the remainder of the school year. Paul will continue to work with Nasha Shkola in an informal way as a financial advisor and mentor.
      • Paul is owed money of $27, 820 in back pay from previous deferred compensation during previous budget troubles.
    3. Enrollment management strategies
      • The board discussed new organizational structure.
      • The board examined a proposed organizational chart.
      • There was a question about postponing the resignation of the director.
      • The board discussed appointing Yelena Hardcopf as director. This would mean that Yelena would need to resign her position on the school board making Mark the chair of the school board and creating an open teacher representative position on the board. Andrew Wood was discussed as a candidate to fill this open position through an appointment by the board. Andrew would serve until the board of directors’ election in June. The board discussed how to support Yelena in her new position and discussed her responsibilities as executive director. Paul may join the board in the future by filling an open community representative position.

        Motion: accept Paul Kinsley’s request for a sabbatical.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Elizaveta Lindman

        Motion: accept transition plan for Nasha Shkola administration from Paul Kinsley to Yelena Hardcopf.
        Motion by Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Ivanna Gradinar

        Motion: accept the resignation from the board of Yelena Hardcopf and appoint Yelena Director of Nasha Shkola.
        Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov

        Motion: nominate Andrew Wood as a teacher representative to replace Yelena Hardcopf until annual board elections in June, 2018.
        Motion by Elizaveta Lindman
        Seconded by: Julia Ishanova

        Motion: dismantle marketing committee and established parent-led school development and outreach committee.
        Motion by: Mark Eilers
        Seconded by: Alexej Abyzov

  8. New Business
    1. Attendance policy update
      • The board discussed the school’s attendance policy.
      • The board discussed amending the attendance policy: addition of 5 vacation days as excused absences. The board didn’t support this proposition.
      • NS is to report to the state absences over 8 days of unexcused absences, and over 20 days of excused absences.
      • NS administration has mailed letters to families of students who have missed more than excuse/unexcused three days in the month of September. This produced a strongly negative reaction from one parent. NS will continue sending monthly letters.
      • JMC could be used to send automatic alerts to families with absences.
    2. Annual report
      • The annual report is due November 30th. Report will be completed and presented to the board for approval at the November Board Meeting.
  9. Other
    1. School development
      Yelena Hardcopf met with four parents to talk about ways to develop the school. Possible options:

      • Outreach to local churches with Russian speaking populations. Ivanna and Yakov Gradinar are leading this.
      • Opening a Saturday program for broader community.
      • Distance learning opportunities, summer camp, Russian language for high schoolers, service projects.
      • Organizing parents nights for parents to get together and do an activity or listen to a speaker.
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:37pm.
    Motion by Elizaveta LindmanChristian Schmidt
    Seconded by: Christian Schmidt

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. Preliminary plan for Saturday program for next meeting.
  2. Look into the Use of JMC to alert parents about absences.
  3. Look for parent-volunteers for school development/outreach committee.
  4. Seek legal advice on special election for community position.

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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6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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