•   2016 School Board
    candidate filing period closes May 31, 2016

    The period for filing affidavits for individuals interested in running as candidates for the Columbia Heights Public Schools' (CHPS) School Board closes 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. There are three School Board positions open; individuals elected will serve terms of four years each.

    To qualify as a candidate must be, an individual must:

    • Be an eligible voter.

    • Be at least 21 years of age or more on assuming office.

    • Be a resident within the CHPS boundaries within thirty days before the general election.

    • Have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or next ensuing general election.

    • Not be employed by Columbia Heights Public Schools.

    Qualified individuals must complete all required candidate paperwork and a two-dollar filing fee at the District Center, 1440 49th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.

    The District Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Filing documents may be executed May 30, although filing offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

    For more information, call District Election Clerk Dawn Hoium at 763-528-4504.

    May 24, 2016 Regular Business Meeting

    Communication to the Board

    One citizen spoke to the School Board about the Bridge Team concept.

      Hylander Highlights

    The School Board honored 2016 Athena Award winner Abby Born and Oscar Eng Award winner Michael O'Leary. The Athena Award recognizes and honors outstanding senior female athletes from metro schools for their achievements in one or several sports. The Oscar Eng award is presented to a student male athlete who has exemplified hard work and effort on the athletic court or field and in the classroom at Columbia Heights High School.  

      Acknowledgement of Contributions

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $11,517.27. The total fiscal year 2015-2016 monetary contributions to date are $83,411.95.

      Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    • Click on any of the photos to enlarge

      Chair John Larkin led the May 17 Work Session, participated in the May 17 Closed Session to discuss the Superintendent's evaluation, attended Governance Training, led the School Board Chair Meeting and participated in the City of Columbia Heights fundraiser for the All-American City trip to Denver (photos of drum line and Dynamix student choir that performed at the fundraiser). Chair Larkin also attended the Expressions' Arts Showcase at Silverwood
    • Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the May 17 Listening Session, participated in the Superintendent's evaluation and the School Board Chair meeting, attended the Expressions' Arts Showcase and had conversations with members of the community.
    • Treasurer Molly Lewis participated in the May 17 Work Session, the Superintendent's evaluation meeting and attended the City of Columbia Heights fundraiser. She also attended the Expressions Arts Showcase, went on several field trips and attended two track meets.

    • Clerk Ted Landwehr participated in the May 17 Work Session, the Superintendent's evaluation and met with members of the community.

    • Director Naty Severson participated in the May 17 Work Session, attended the Expressions Arts Showcase and concert, a North Park Elementary School concert and the school's Spring BBQ.  She also attended the All-American City Fundraiser.

    • Director Hala Asamarai participated in the May 17 Listening Session and May 17 Work Session, had School Board Governance Training and orientation from District Administrators and attended the Expressions Arts Showcase.

    • Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the May 17 Work Session, governance training, a West Metro Education Program Joint Powers Meeting, a St. Anthony New Brighton superintendent's meeting, attended the School Board and Administrator's orientations for Director Asamarai. Superintendent Kelly met with the Mayor of Columbia Heights, participated with Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren and Manager of Operations Tom Foley on capital requests. She participated in the School Board Chair meeting and Superintendent's evaluation and had conversations with School Board members. Superintendent Kelly also attended the 2016 Columbia Heights High School Award's Ceremony, attended the All-American City fundraiser and the Expressions Arts Showcase.
    Columbia Heights Public Schools Satisfaction Survey
    Superintendent Kelly and Don Lifto of Springstead, Inc., reported out on the results of the survey conducted in the spring of 2016. Click here for the presentation

    Valley View students Audrey and Lola Skokan discuss the AVID program.
    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    Interim Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik provided the annual update on the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. AVID is now in its eighth year at the high school, third at Valley View Elementary School and first year at Highland Elementary School. Interim Director Stenvik reported that 100 percent of this year's AVID seniors applied to and were accepted into college. Click here for their PowerPoint presentation.


    American Indian Education Goals 

    Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi and Check and Connect Specialist David Larsen (pictured right at  the May 24 School Board Business Meeting and the 2016 Pow Wow) provided an update of the American Indian Education program. The presenters discussed The American Indian Education Plan (World’s Best Workforce), curriculum, professional development and family engagement. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. 

    Bridge Team Concept Recommendations
    Directors Halabi and Holmgren and Bridge Team Co-Chair Mary-Rose Granlund discussed the Bridge Team concept and associated issues. This item was discussed at the May 17, 2016 Work Session. Click here for the presentation.

    Medal of Honor
    A Minnesota Congressional Medal of Honor Story
    Col. Leo Thorsness, USAF Retired, is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient originally from Walnut Grove, Minn.

    Superintendent Kelly, Interim Director Stenvik, Director Holmgren and Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens shared plans to recognize PFC James LaBelle, a former student of Columbia Heights High School who volunteered to serve in World War II, was killed in action and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The presenters provided an overview of the Congressional Medal of Honor, PFC 
LaBelle's background, the District's Congressional Medal of Honor initiatives, including a Medal of Honor recipient CHPS commemorative site. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

    2016-2017 Budget
    Director Holmgren provided the School Board an overview of the next fiscal year budget. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

    Appointment of School Board Representatives 
    With the School Board now at its full six-member representation, the following appointments were reviewed and updated as applicable:
    Representative (7/1/15 to 6/30/16)
    Representative (7/1/16 to 6/30/17)
    Highland Elementary School John Larkin
    Naty Severson
    North Park Elementary School Laura Palmer
    John Larkin
    Valley View Elementary School Ted Landwehr
    Hala Asamarai
    Columbia Academy Naty Severson Ted Landwehr
    Columbia Heights High School Molly Lewis  Molly Lewis


    Molly Lewis
    Laura Palmer

    School Board Policies
    These policies will appear on a future agenda for approval:

    206 – Public Participation in School Board Meetings 208 – Development, Adoption and Implementation of Policies 401 – Equal Employment Opportunity
    402 – Disability Non-Discrimination Policy 410 – Family and Medical Leave Policy 413 – Harassment and Violence Policy
    413 – Harassment and Violence Form 415 – Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults 416 – Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
    416 – Drug and Alcohol Testing Form 417 – Chemical Use/Abuse 418 – Drug Free Workplace/
    Drug Free School
    420 – Student and Employees with HIV/AIDS and Certain Other Communicable Diseases and Infectious Conditions 613 – Graduation
    714 – Fund

      Action Items

    Overnight and Out-of-State Field Trips
    The School Board approved the request, which was presented at the May 10, 2016 Business Meeting. Click here for PowerPoint presentation.
      Board Summary of Superintendent's Evaluation

    Chair John Larkin provided a summary of Superintendent Kathy Kelly's evaluation.  Chair Larkin reads the process and summary of the evaluation on the video of the meeting.

      Key Dates

    • Monday, May 30, No school in observance of Memorial Day. All District offices and services closed.
    • Friday, June 3, Last day of school for students 
    • 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, Class of 2016 Graduation, Columbia Heights High School stadium
    • 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Sub-committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 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 Highland Elementary School
    NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board
    Liaison to City of Hilltop
    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
    Columbia Heights Business Council
    Liaison to Valley View Elementary School
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Liaison to Columbia Academy