• September 23, 2014 Regular Business Meeting








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    Click here to read the news release on the World's Best Workforce (WBWF) community meeting held Sept. 23, 2014.  The above handouts are aligned with the WBWF.

    Discussion, Reports and Information Items

    Acknowledgement of Contributions:  Chair Scott Bardell announced and the School Board approved a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $10,886.96.

    This was the first report of Acknowledgement of Contributions for the 2014-2015 school year. 

    Report highlights from the School Board acting on behalf of Columbia Heights Public Schools:

    • Chair Scott Bardell participated in the Sept. 16 Work Study, the Sept. 23 World's Best Workforce Public Forum and the first School Board Listening Session on Sept. 16.
    • Vice-Chair John Larkin participated in the Sept. 16 Work Session, the Sept. 23 World's Best Workforce Public Forum, the Valley View Elementary School Open House and School Board Chair meetings.

    • Treasurer Lori Meyer participated in the Sept. 16 Work Study Session, the Sept. 23 World's Best Workforce Forum, met with constituents and had a meeting with Superintendent Kelly.
    • Clerk Missy Lee did not have a report.

    • Director Ted Landwehr participated in the Sept. 16 Work Session, the Sept. 23 World's Best Workforce Public Forum, the North Park Elementary School PTA meeting and a meeting with Superintendent Kathy Kelly. 
    • Director Laura Palmer participated in the Sept. 16 School Board Listening Session and the Sept. 16 School Board Work Study Session.

    Superintendent's Report:

    • Congratulated Valley View Elementary School for an extensive "Beating the Odds" article in the Star Tribune (photo top right) and for receiving the Minnesota's Future Award and $20,000 from the Minnesota Business Partnership (second right). Superintendent Kelly also congratulated Highland Elementary School for also being selected as a Beating the Odds' school.

    • Attended the Columbia Heights/Fridley Rotary picnic with Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Director of Communications Casey Mahon.  The proceeds from the picnic help fund scholarships for Columbia Heights High School STRIVE students. Superintendent Kelly also attended the Local 710 picnic.

    • Participated in a leadership study session focusing on Creating College and Career-Ready Graduates.  The current work is on post-secondary success across the district.

    • Shared Columbia Heights High School Principal Dan Wrobleski and she attended the Crest View Senior Communities Foundation Gala.

    • Met with School Board Director Ted Landwehr.

    • Noted she attended a West Metro Education Program Superintendent's Integration meeting.

    • Met with Director Stuenkel and Garden Specialist Bonnie Lohman (bottom picture with students) regarding the Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard program.

    • Had discussions with representatives from the Fridley School District and the Minnesota Department of Education regarding a grant (see Preschool Development Grant below).

    • Participated in the Sept. 16 Listening Session and Work Study Session.

    • Thanked everyone that she has had conversations with.

    Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    Kristen Stuenkel

    Preschool Development Grant: Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel  provided the School Board with information on an invitation for this School District to be included in the Minnesota Department of Education Federal Preschool Development Grant-Expansion. The four-year grant would expand high-quality, high-poverty preschool programming and better prepare 4-year-old children for kindergarten in Columbia Heights Public School District beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

    Board Policies - First Reading: The following policies will appear on a future School Board agenda for approval:

    416 - Drug and Alcohol Testing
    504.1 - The Pledge of Allegiance
    618 - Assessment of Student Achievement
    720 - Vending Machines
    807- Health and Safety

    Duane Berkas

    Zena Stenvik

    Annual Report on Staff Development: Director of Teaching and Learning Duane Berkas and District Staff Development Coordinator
    Zena Stenvik presented a summary of staff development at the District and building level during the 2013-2014 school year.  The summary was in advance of the Office of Teaching and Learning submitting its annual report to the Minnesota Department of Education. As the information is comprehensive, we recommend watching Director Berkas and Coordinator Stenvik's presentation, starting at 16:15, on School Board TV (click here).  You can also download their PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

    Action Items

    Bill Holmgren

    Casey Mahon

    Kathy Kelly

    Preliminary Levy Certification:  Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren presented on the approval of the Preliminary Levy Certification. The deadline for the School Board to approve the Preliminary 2014, Pay 2015 tax levy, is the end of September of each year.  Per the recommendation and consistent with past years, the School Board approved the “maximum” at this time.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation or watch Director Holmgren's presentation, beginning at 37:25, on School Board TV (click here).

    916 Education Foundation membership: The School Board approved continued membership in the NE Metro 916 Educational Foundation for the 2014-2015 school year. The Foundation provides scholarships and other educational opportunities for students of member districts.   

    Annual Report: The School Board approved the initial World's Best Workforce Annual Report as presented by Director Berkas and Director of Communications Mahon. The report, which is comprehensive with academics, assessments, activities, athletics and achievements, will be published and distributed throughout the School District in October.

    Superintendent Goals: School Board Chair Bardell shared Superintendent Kathy Kelly's two goals for the 2014-2015 School Year:

    • Creating College and Career Ready Learners equipped with 21st Century Skills
    • Academic Return on Investment

    Change of the November 11, 2014 meeting date: The School Board approved a change in the November 11, 2014 Regular meeting date to November 18, 2014.  The reason for the change is November 11 is Veterans Day.

    Key Dates:

    • Oct. 14, 5 p.m., Sub-committee on Board Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    • Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • Oct. 15 - 17, No School
    • Oct. 21, 5 p.m., School Board Listening Session
    • Oct. 21, 6 p.m., School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

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    School Board Standing Committee/School Assignments
    Chair Scott Bardell
    Association of Metropolitan School Districts

    Liaison to City of Fridley
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Family Center
    Vice Chair John Larkin
    Minnesota State High School League
    Columbia Heights High School
    Clerk Missy Lee
    Liaison to City of Columbia Heights
    Highland Elementary School
    Treasurer Lori Meyer
    Educational Cooperative Service Unit
    Liaison to City of Hilltop
    Valley View Elementary School
    Director Ted Landwehr
    West Metro Education Program

    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    North Park Elementary School

    Director Laura Palmer
    Minnesota School Board Association  
      Legislative Liaison

    Northeast Metro Intermediate District 916
    Columbia Heights Business Council
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Columbia Academy