• March 10, 2015 Regular Business Meeting

    Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    Report highlights from the School Board acting on behalf of Columbia Heights Public Schools:
    • Chair John Larkin met with Superintendent Kathy Kelly and School Board Director Grant Nichols.

    • Vice-Chair Ted Landwehr and reported out on a West Metro Education Program (WMEP) Joint Powers Board Meeting and a public hearing on the conversion of two WMEP schools.  He also met with Superintendent Kelly and Director of Communications Casey Mahon and attended Columbia Heights Business Council and North Chamber Public Policy meetings.

    • Clerk Lori Meyer did not have a report.
    • Treasurer Molly Lewis attended an Excel Parent Advisory Meeting and PTO Family Reading Night at Highland Elementary School and met with Activities and Athletics Director Matt Miller. She also attended boys' and girls' section basketball games.

    • Director Laura Palmer reported out on a NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board meeting.
    • Director Grant Nichols attended a Valley View Elementary School PTO event.
    Summer Programming: Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi, Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Staff Development Coordinator Zena Stenvik reported that this District provides an array of programs for students in the Summer Academy program held June 15 through July 1. Their presentation included:
    • As in previous years:
      • Summer Academy will be at Columbia Heights High School and Highland Elementary School during the month of June.
      • Summer School will be offered for invited students who need support or additional credits.
      • Special Education and English Learner programs will be provided.
      • A variety of opportunities for all ages will be available through Community Education and the District Activities department.
      • The District will continue to offer summer academic camps for AP preparation and engineering. 
    • New for 2015:
      • Because of construction at the District Center and Highland Elementary School, Summer School will be held at Valley View Elementary School and Columbia Academy.
      • Because of very limited access to cooled classrooms in these buildings, the dates are moved up from July to June.
      • Columbia Heights High School students can attend Summer School through the Area Learning Center (ALC). Courses will be held at Columbia Academy; students needing more time will be able to complete them at the ALC. 
      • The District will offer a Writing Seminar for five weeks in collaboration with the St. Anthony School District for incoming ninth-graders. This course will be held in Columbia Heights and co- taught by teachers from both school districts.
    Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

    McKinney-Vinto Homeless Education Assistance Act: Director Halabi briefed the School Board on the federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.  For more information from the Minnesota Department of Education, click here.

    Action Items


    Teacher/ECFE Seniority Lists: The School Board approved the seniority lists for District teachers and applicable Early Childhood and Family Education educators.

    Seniority Lists: The School Board approved the seniority lists for the Custodian, Clerical, Food Service, Education Assistant and Lunch Duty Monitor employees.

    2015-2016 School Calendar:  The School Board approved the 2015-2016 School Year calendar.  The printed calendar will be mailed to all addresses in the school district by this July.  Click on the graphic for the news release.

    Achievement and Integration: The School Board approved the Achievement and Integration annual budget as discussed at the Feb. 24, 2015 Business Meeting.

    Key Dates

    • March 17, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. School Board Listening Session, Family Center Foyer
    • March 17, Tuesday, 6 p.m. School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • March 24, Tuesday, 7  p.m. Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • March 30-April 3, No School, Spring Break
    • April 6, Monday, No School, Grading Day

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    School Board Standing Committee assignments
    Chair John Larkin
    Liaison to City of Fridley
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Vice Chair Ted Landwehr
    Minnesota School Board Association
    West Metro Education Program

    Clerk Lori Meyer
    Association of Metropolitan School Districts
    Liaison to City of Hilltop

    Treasurer Molly Lewis
    Minnesota State High School League
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee

    Director Laura Palmer
    NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board
    Columbia Heights Business Council

    Director Grant Nichols
    Educational Cooperative Service Unit
    Liaison to City of Columbia Heights
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee