• August 16, 2016 Regular Business Meeting
       
    Hylander Highlights


    Chair John Larkin and the School Board recognized the District's Communications Department for earning three National Schools Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awards. The Department was recognized nationally for an Award of Merit for the Heights eNews! (internal employee newsletter) and an Award of Merit for the College and Career Guides and an Honorable Mention for the School Board Report. The Department includes Director of Communications Casey Mahon and Communications Specialist Lauryn Grimes. Read the full press release.

      Discussion, Reports, Information Items

     
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      Chair John Larkin
    • Vice Chair Laura Palmer pa
    • Treasurer Molly Lewis 

    • Clerk Ted Landwehr pa

    • Director Naty Severson wa

    • Director Hala Asamarai parti .

    • Superintendent Kathy Kelly parti .
    Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel, Director of Finance and Operations Bill Homgren and Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett provided information on the recent announcement from the Governor of Minnesota that starting with the 2016-2017 school year Columbia Heights Public Schools will receive more than $1 million to provide free voluntary pre-kindergarten programming.  Because the district website is being migrated to a new platform, attachments such as PowerPoints cannot currently be updated.  If you would like this PowerPoint, click here to request such. Click here for the District's news release.
    Strategic Direction E: Tell our Story
    Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens, Director of Community Education and Director of Communications Casey Mahon provided the annual Strategic Roadmap on Direction E. Information presented included the strategic direction vision cards relating to “Tell Our Story: brand development, reputation management, to increase partnerships and enrollment." Because the district website is being migrated to a new platform, attachments such as PowerPoints cannot currently be updated.  If you would like this PowerPoint, click here to request such.
     
    Start of the School Year Activities
    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik reported on activities for staff and teachers in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year. Each year prior to the beginning of school, staff and teachers prepare for the new year through training, workshops, presentations, recognitions and awards, including student involvement (click on picture of Highland Elementary School students leading last year's Pledge of Allegiance).
    Because the district website is being migrated to a new platform, attachments such as PowerPoints cannot currently be updated.  If you would like this PowerPoint, click here to request such.

    Joint Powers Agreement for NorthEast Metro Summer Academy
    Directors Stenvik and Holmgren briefed the School Board.

    916 Itinerant Service Agreement
    Directors Stenvik and Holmgren

    Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Revue
    Director Holmgren provided an annual update on long-term facilities maintenance projects.

    Authorized Persons for Morgan Stanley Account
    Director Holmgren briefed the School Board that due to a resignation in the Business Department, the new Manager of Accounting Services will need to be authorized for the Morgan Stanley account. 
     
    Lunch Balances
    Director Holmgren briefed the School Board about outstanding lunch balances.
     
      Action Items
     

    Policies - Second Reading
    The School Board approved the following policies (as discussed at the June 28, 2016 Business Meeting):

    506 - Student Discipline
    506 - Student Discipline Form
    509 - Enrollment of Non-Resident Students
    515 - Protection of Privacy of Pupil Records - Form
    516 - Student Medication
    522 - Student Sex Nondiscrimination
    524 - Technology and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy

    PreK Programming - Memo of Understanding
    The School Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding for PreK programming.
     
    Assocation of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) membership
    The School Board approved the annual membership fees.

    Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) membership
    The School Board approved the annual membership fees
     
      Key Dates


    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day, District offices closed
    • Tuesday, Sept. 6, First day of school
    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, School Board Listening Session, District Center
    • 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
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     2016-2017 School Board committee assignments


     Chair Larkin
    Vice Chair Palmer
    Treasurer Lewis Clerk Landwehr Director Severson
    Hala Asamarai
    Association of Metropolitan School Districts
    Liaison to City of Fridley
    Liaison to City of Hilltop
    Liaison to Highland Elementary School
    NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Liaison to North Park Elementary School
    Educational Cooperative Service Unit
    Minnesota State High School League
    Liaison to City of Columbia Heights
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee

    Liaison to Columbia Heights HS
    , Columbia Academy and Family Center
    Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison
    West Metro Education Program
    TIES
    Columbia Heights Business Council
    Liaison to Valley View Elementary School
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Liaison to Columbia Academy
    Liaison to Highland Elementary School
     Liaison to Valley View Elementary School