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.
Communication to the Board
One citizen spoke to the School Board about the Bridge Team concept.
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
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- 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.
Columbia Heights Public Schools Satisfaction Survey
- 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.
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.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 BudgetDirector 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
- Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison: Ted Landwehr
- Educational Cooperative Service Unit: Molly Lewis
- Minnesota State High School League: Molly Lewis
- TIES: Ted Landwehr
- West Metro Education Program: Ted Landwehr
- North East Metro Intermediate District 916 Board: Laura Palmer
- Association of Metropolitan School Districts: John Larkin
- Columbia Heights Business Council: Ted Landwehr
- Liaison to City of Columbia Heights: Molly Lewis
- Liaison to City of Fridley: John Larkin
- Liaison to City of Hilltop: John Larkin
- School Board Policy Sub-Committee: Laura Palmer and Molly Lewis and Naty Severson.
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
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.
- 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
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