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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: September 8, 2016

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    1. Yelena Hardcopf: Present
    2. Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    3. Christian Schmidt: Present (7:10pm)
    4. Ben Wallace: Present
    5. Alekej Abyzov: Present
    6. Alex Brusilovsky: Present
    7. Mark Eilers: Present (7:10pm)
    8. Oksana Cox: Present
    9. Paul Kinsey, Executive Director, ex officio board member: Present
    10. Visitors in attendance: Blanca Sanchez
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion by: Liza LIndman
    Second: Alex Brusilovsky
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    1. Read by the director.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board
  5. Reports

    1. Co-Chairs Executive Report: Yelena Hardcopf
    2. Executive Director report
      Board will drop to 6 members from 7 after September meeting.
      Start of the school year was positive with new families and positive environment.

      1. Current Enrollment: 109
      2. Present Challenges
        1. MCA updated lease amendment was sent to the board for approval.
          Motion to accept the amendment to our lease agreement with MCA as written.
          Motion by: Mark Eilers
          Second by: Christian Schmidt 7-0-0
      3. Student Achievement (Yelena Hardcopf)
        1. Reading Benchmarking is taking place in middle school and elementary school.
      4. Staff Update
        1. Karie Fietel Middle School Science 4-8 1.0 FTE
        2. Marlys Johnson 4th-8th grade 1.0 FTE
        3. Lada Bonder .5 FTE Title

          Motion to approve the hiring of Karie Fietel as Middle School Science teacher 4-8 1.0 FTE, Marlys Johnson 4th grade 1.0 FTE, and Lada Bondar .5 title.
          Motion by: Christian Schmidt
          Second by: Alekej Abyzov

      5. LIT (Yelena Hardcopf)
        1. Parent portal for JMC will be introduced.
          1. LIT is moving forward with formative assessment and implementation of SIOP
          2. Staff received training on curriculum alignment in Math and Reading during training days.
    3. Financial Report
      1. Monthly Finance Report, Mark Eilers
        1. 94,000 cash on hand.
          1. Designs would like us to move meetings to the third Wednesday of the month as report is not ready until then.
          2. The school does not yet have lease aid or other sources of revenue yet.
          3. The school will need to approve moving funds from general fund to lunch and the after school program.
      2. FY 16 Cash Flow update, Mark Eilers
      3. Transfer of funds to pay off 2- $5198.84-$2,417.03 (Paul)
        Motion to transfer funds from fund one to fund two and 4 to zero out balances.
        Motion: Mark Eilers
        Second by Liza Lindman
  6. Consent Agenda
    1. Minutes of August 2, 2016 with corrections to the names of board members Mark Eilers and Alekej Abyzov.
      Approval of the consent agenda 6.1.
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Second by: Alex Brusilovsky
  7. Old Business
    1. Nasha Shkola 2016-2017 enrollment projections and staffing and programming needs-109 students
      1. Enrollment decreased as students transferred to nearby districts, moved out of state, and some chose to home school children this year.
  8. New Business
    1. Lease Aid Update
      1. Closure clause does not meet MDE requirements.
      2. Must be 6 month notice minimum if MCA decided to not renew lease.
      3. Termination fee of 3$ a square foot is not OK according to MDE.
      4. State will approve the release funds once wording in the clause is fixed to align with MDE requirements.
    2. Title update
      1. Not much to report.
    3. FY 17 Employee Handbook
      Motion to approve the FY17 Employee Handbook
      Motion by: Christian Schmidt
      Second by: Liza Lindman
    4. Air Quality and Mold Inspection
      1. The report on the inspection notes significant mold issues near the music room and the gym. This area had been affected by a leaking roof for a couple years.
        Motion to table the discussion on Air Quality until a later date.
        Motion by: Christian Schmidt
        Seconded by: Alex Brusilovsky
    5. Report on parent’s nights.
      1. Lead teacher and the director will discuss accessing parent portal on the JMC website.
      2. The meeting is on October 6th, 2016 at 6pm.
    6. Change meeting day.
      Motion to change the board meetings to the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm.
      Motion by: Alex Brusilovsky
      Seconded by: Christian Schmidt 7-0-0
  9. Other 
    1. Resignation of board member Ben Wallace.
      1. Mr. Wallace submitted to the board a letter resigning his position as he is no longer a parent of a Nasha Shkola student.
      2. Board members thanked Mr. Wallace for his service, dedication and valued consul during his time on the board.
  10. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:18pm.
    Motion by: Christian Schmidt
    Second: Alex Brusilovsky.


  1. Change the posted time of our meeting on the website.
  2. All board members must read the strategic plan by the next meeting.

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