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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: September 17, 2019

  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
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Sergey Porada, Justin Nilson
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve agenda as written.
    Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
    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
    • No public comments.
  5. Reports

    1. FY19 Audit report, Justin Nilson
      • Unmodified clean opinion, no audit findings (1 recommendation = review internal controls surrounding receiving and paying)
      • Keeping expenditure per ADM low (expenditure vs ADM)
      • Fund balance vs Fund expenditure
      • Nasha FY 18, 19, vs Region 11 (State, federal, local sources of funding)
      • Fund expenditure breakdown of cost area (FY17, 18, 19)
      • Nasha Shkola vs average expenditure statewide (aiming for consistency)
      • Food service managed well (consistent expected average food service cost per ADM)
      • Depleted fund balance
      • Instruction expenditure high average because of student : teacher ratio
      • Low SpEd expenditures on average due to low numbers of students receiving services
    2. Executive Director report (Yelena Hardcopf)
      1. Enrollment: 127, 130 ADM, budget for 110
      2. First week of school report
        • some concerns with transportation (Bus #4 late arrival at school in the end of the day)
        • jump into instruction,
        • early assessment for the year (NWEA almost completed – baseline data for the year; Benchmarking in grades K-4)
        • SpEd services and differentiation starting up
      3. MCA & ACCESS Results & school recognition
        • MCA results published August 29, continuous growth in reading and math for past two years. Exceeding in math, closing gap in reading
        • All students: State math 53.8% — Nasha 65.6%
        • All students: State reading 58.3% — Nasha 47.5%
        • State ELL math 29% — Nasha 66%
        • State ELL reading 30.8% — Nasha 46%
        • State FR 33% math — Nasha 68%
        • State FR 39% reading — Nasha 53%
        • Beat the odds for FR students, model projected 41% math and reading
      4. Other reports
        • Preschool Application Update: Application not yet sent to IQS for voluntary pre-K (funding not available currently, possibly next year, fund balance is unstable so IQS won’t recommendNS). Need additional sources of funding to support pre-K if state funding is unavailable. Revisit next year if fund balance improves and states funds available
        • Board Member resignation: Julia Ishanova stepped down from board due to withdrawing students from school. Need to elect new Finance Chair
    3. Financial Report
      1. August Finance Report
        YK question about U-Haul (storage unit which will be downsizing) and other expenses (curriculum, texts, classroom furniture, etc due to the beginning of the year). No reimbursements for parent driving yet. NS reimburses Yelena Hardcopf for purchasing curriculum
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of August 20, 2019 Board meeting
    2. Financials August 2019
      Motion to approve Consent Agenda
      Motion by: Andrew Wood
      Seconded by Yelena Kurdyumova
      7-0-0
  7. New Business
    1. Bus #4 concernsBus #4 aiming for 4:30. Earlier will not be possible. Company is working to resolve the situation, YH is confident that it will be resolved. Northstar is working to reduce routes at other school so that the driver can come earlier. Parents have suggested dedicated driver for this route, but cost is prohibitive. Transportation costs are already high (160k, 3rd largest expense category after salary and lease, no state funding). Required only to bus within district boundaries, currently go outside district boundaries whereas most charter schools do not. Previously would have impacted majority of families to try to establish boundaries so concept was rejectedMay charge an income-scaled fee for transport outside boundaries but revenue would not support a dedicated route. Changes to bus company takes at least two weeks. Some parents have suggested finding other companies but price and quality make current bus company outstanding and not many options available. Carpools are an option for some families. Improvements are coming incrementally

      Alternatives:
      – Purchasing transportation — not possible with current fund balance
      – Type A schedule (early start, early release) –may be difficult for some families especially those with young children or those who live far away
      – District boundaries and consolidating bus stops — not adding new bus stops and adding new families onto existing bus stops. [Neighborhood streets increase drive time]
      – Adding students from Bus 4 route to other routes — not feasible

  8. Review and update board policies: Chapter 5
    1. Policy 5.1.1 Admissions Policy with Lottery
      • Policy says 25 limit students per class, may need to reduce to 22.
      • Question about vigorous marketing
    2. Policy 5.2.1 Attendance-Absences
    3. Policy 5.2.2 Compulsory Attendance
    4. Policy 5.3.1 Student Educational Data
      • Action item: plan for securing student records
    5. Policy 5.3.2 Adjudicated Juveniles

      Motion to approve reviewed Board Policies 5.1.1, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.2
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Seconded by Alexej Abyzov
      7-0-0

  9. Other
    Appointing board treasurer — Marina Condratiuc
    Motion to approve Marina Condratiuc as
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by Andrew Wood
    7-0-0
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn at 8:33 PM
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Seconded by Yelena Kurdyumova
    7-0-0

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

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Monday – Friday:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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