• April 19, 2016 Work Session

    One example of the nomination for the All-American City Award is Police Chief Scott Nadeau and Superintendent Kathy Kelly being recognized by Director Ronald Davis from the Department of Justice. The two were recognized for the partnership between the city and school district.
    All-American City Award
    City of Columbia Heights City Manager Walt Fehst and Human Resources Director Kelli Bourgeois briefed the School Board on the National Civic League (NCL) submission and next steps for the 2016 All-American City Award. The City of Columbia Heights is one of 20 finalists from throughout the United States. The NCL awards 10 communities each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, the community must demonstrate innovation,
    City, School District collaboration examples (click on pictures to expand)
    inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges. Mr. Fehst and Ms. Bourgeois thanked the School Board for the collaborative partnership the City has with CHPS, which the NCL emphasized as a key point in the nomination submission.

    North Park Facilities

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren (top left) and North Park Elementary School Principal Jeff Cacek (second right) briefed the School Board with information regarding that school's facility needs. North Park was built in 1966; deferred maintenance costs for the next 10 years are not considered cost-effective, while the proposal will address significant facility needs at a near equitable cost. They addressed Learning Studio programming, the Pre-Kindergarten Incubator, security, mechanical and cafeteria improvements, playground replacement and for safety, drive entry and exit reconfiguration for buses and private vehicles. Click here for the PowerPoint.

    Discontinuance or Reduction of Programs and Positions for 2016-2017
    Director and Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett (bottom left photo) confidentially briefed the School Board on programs and positions slated for discontinuance or reduction. The School Board will be asked to take action on the proposal at a future business meeting.
    Schools for Equity in Education (SEE)
    Superintendent Kelly (bottom right photo) and Director Holmgren provided the School Board information on Schools for Equity in Education (SEE), an association of 59 school districts throughout Minnesota serving approximately 230,000 total students.
    The association represents districts, like Columbia Heights Public Schools, that receive the minimum in state aid based on their student population and lower property wealth.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.  The video at right was shown to provide an example of inequality in funding of school districts.

    Desegregation Lawsuit 
    Superintendent Kathy Kelly and the School Board had a discussion on the desegregation lawsuit against the State of Minnesota (click here for a Star Tribune article).
      Key Dates

    • May 10, 5 p.m., Sub-committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    • May 10, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • May 17, 5 p.m., School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    • May 17, 5:30 p.., School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • May 24, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • May 30, No school, all District offices and services closed Memorial Day
    • June 3, Last day of school for students
    • June 3, 7 p.m., Class of 2016 Graduation, Columbia Heights High School stadium
    • June 14, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
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