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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: September 15, 2020

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Justin Nilson (Abdo, Eick, & Meyers), Lisa Hasledalen
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda for this meeting.
    Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  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. Reports
    1. Financial Audit FY20 Report, Justin Nilson (Abdo, Eick & Meyers)
      • Clean unmodified audit opinion (best result)
      • Full legal compliance
      • Fluctuating student population causing higher spending per student
      • Overall positive results due to saving and PPP loan
      • Nasha Shkola has slightly lower revenue per student compared to other charter schools
      • Largest expenditures are for instruction expenses
      • Nasha Shkola has less expenditures per student compared to other charter schools
      • Fund balance is steadily increasing, now inline with other charter schools
      • Revenue per student is lower due to lower number of identified SpEd students and other population differences
    2. Executive Director report
      1. School operations update
        • School opening
          • Less restrictive hybrid model as discussed
          • In-person Monday-Thursday
          • 20 distance learners, 100 in person
          • Safety procedures implemented
          • Difficulty with enforcing mask rules
          • 3 families identified with covid risk: 1 positive, 1 with symptoms, 1 exposed
          • Some families not complying with symptom checks
          • Children with minor, less common symptoms (2 symptoms stay home)
          • New restrictive government attendance guidelines mean more students will be in distance learning
          • Some families oppose computer learning
          • Four families with kindergarten students are in distance learning but want to be in person
        • Enrollment
          • 120 students currently enrolled
          • Almost 30 students have dropped to enter homeschool due to the pandemic
          • A similar number of students joined from a variety of sources
          • Families want to join in person but there is insufficient staff and space to maintain social distance
        • Employment/staff update
          • Short on 2 paras
          • Para who was hired left
          • Pressure on staff and director
          • Possibly reach out to nearby colleges with education programs
      2. Student Achievement & School Improvement
        • Comprehensive Needs Assessment is very different normal due to covid, no growth reporting
        • 61% from 48% reading proficiency
        • 22% increased level
        • 3, 5, 7, 8 proficiency above 57%
        • EL students 33% reading proficient (up from 27%)
        • FRP students reading proficiency 47% (up from 36%)
        • 25% exited ELL services, writing and speaking continue to be weak areas
        • 4th and 6th below 50% proficiency in reading
        • New SMART goals will ignore major gains from last year due to circumstances
    3. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report – August 2020
        • Fund 01 = $$190,254 received = 13% of budget
          $96,846 expended = 7% of budget
          Balance = $93,408..
        • Fund 02 (Food Service) = $744 received = 1% of budget
          $1198 expended = 2% of budget
          Balance = ($454).
      2. Grants
        • Normal grants plus emergency grants for covid expenses (computers, PPE)
  5. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of August 18th, 2020 Board meeting
    2. Financials August, 2020
      Motion to approve the consent agenda.
      Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
      Seconded by: Natalya Johnson
  6. New Business
    1. Review and update board policies: Chapter 7 (7.3.3-7.6)
      Policy 7.3.3 Fundraising
      Policy 7.3.4 Student Fee Requirements and Prohibitions
      Policy 7.4 Data Access Policy for Members of the Public
      Policy 7.5 Annual Audit
      Policy 7.6 Prompt Payment of BillsMotion to approve policies 7.3.3-7.6 with the inclusion of contacts for data access.
      Motion by: Natalya Johnson
      Seconded by: Andrew Wood
  7. Other
    1. Instructional videos for families in distance learning.
      • Creating a fake student account for privacy of students
      • Creating a simpler version for younger students
  8. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn at 8:06 p.m.
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

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

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