• Nov. 24, 2015 Regular Business Meeting

     Communication to the Board

    One individual addressed the School Board regarding next steps for the former Castle Heights site.

     Acknowledgement of Contributions

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $2,730.00.  The total fiscal year 2015-2016 monetary contributions to date are $12,207.19.

      Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    • Chair
      Strikers' Goalie Tyler Krawczynski was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
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       John Larkin participated in the Nov. 17 Work and Listening Sessions, attended the Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) musical "Almost, Maine," the Strikers' adaptive soccer tournament games Nov. 21 and the Taste of Columbia Heights.  Chair Larkin attended the high school band and choir concert and participated in the Nov. 24 School Board Chair Meeting and Closed Session. He also had discussions with constituents.
    • Vice Chair Ted Landwehr participated in the Nov. 17 Work Session, the School Board Chair Meeting and a Closed Session, reported on a West Metro Education Program (WMEP) meeting and attended the Nov. 20 Strikers state tournament game.

    • Treasurer Molly Lewis participated in the Nov. 17 Work Session, attended the Highland Elementary School Turkey Bingo Night, the Strikers Pep Fest followed by the team's state tournament games.

    • Clerk Laura Palmer participated in the Nov. 17 Work Session, the Closed Session and had a tour of the NorthEast Metro Intermediate District 916 Karner Blue facility.

    • Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the Nov. 17 Work Session and the Nov. 24 School Board Chair Meeting. She participated in WMEP Joint Powers, WMEP Superintendent's Planning and WMEP Superintendent meetings and attended a District Family Engagement Night. Superintendent Kelly met with Interim Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik on curriculum review and shared the District Administrative Team met to discuss the District focus of American Indian Education. She met with Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) Executive Director Scott Croonquist; they plan to meet with the Executive Director of the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) to discuss the issue of special elections.  Superintendent Kelly gave special recognition to those involved at CHHS for the fall play "Almost, Maine" and congratulated everyone who supported the Strikers state tournament games, including Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi who originated the idea of an adaptive soccer team approximately five years ago.  The Superintendent also reported she had conversations with various School Board members.
    Columbia Academy Vision Card and Continuous Improvement Plan: Principal Duane Berkas provided the annual Vision Card update to the District Strategic Roadmap and reporting that the Minnesota Department of Education has taken Columbia Academy off Continuous Improvement Plan status.  Principal Berkas briefed the School Board on the following:
    • Enrollment data
    • Demographic data
    • Achievement data
    • Implementation data
    • Focus area updates: Programs and strategies
    • Outreach: Parents and community
    • Looking ahead: Goals and planning
    Click here for Principal Berkas' PowerPoint presentation.

    New/Suspended Courses for 2016-2017: Interim Director Stenvik and Columbia Heights High School Principal Dan Wrobleski provided a list of proposed new and suspended courses for the 2016-2017 school year.  The following are the proposals:

    Proposed New Courses
    Level Proposed Suspended Courses Level
    Music Appreciation
    High Basic Home Wiring High
    Dynamix Ensemble High Sports Entertainment Marketing High
    Introduction to Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Careers High A+ Computer Technology A&B High
    College Readiness Support  High Sales, Marketing and Promotions High
    Online Physical Education for Student Athletes High    
    Minnesota Outdoor Science Connection Course (Pilot) High    
    Math, English, Social Studies, Science 8th Grade Honors Courses
    Elementary Media Arts (Pilot)

    For more specifics, click here for the PowerPoint presentation.  A request for action will be brought to an upcoming Business Meeting.

    Heights Lites:
    Interim Director Stenvik provided, with input from a high school journalism class, a recommendation to change the name of the School Board recognition program to Hylander Highlights. This recommendation is based on a previous School Board Work Session where Directors requested a name change.

    A request for action will be brought to an upcoming Business Meeting.

    Police Liaison contract: Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren reported on the annual request of a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Columbia Heights and Columbia Heights Public Schools. The agreement is for services at Columbia Academy and Columbia Heights High School for the period Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.  A request for action will be brought to an upcoming Business Meeting.

    Board Organizational Meeting:
    Chair Larkin and Superintendent Kelly provided information on the process for the annual Organizational Meeting (Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016) based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition.  

     Action Items

    Board Book renewal:
    The School Board approved the annual renewal of the online meeting resource.

    Castle Heights:
    The School Board, after discussion at the Nov. 17 Work Session, narrowed the suggestions collected from the community for the former Castle Heights site (a portion seen in the photo at right). The School Board is charging a new "Bridge Team" with developing a plan for the site, with parameters being a connection with or expansion of the Blooming Heights outdoor educational garden, an outdoor classroom and/or a performance space/outdoor theater.  The School Board is open to the inclusion of pollinator or other gardens, benches, shaded areas for sitting, buddy benches and/or sponsored bricks. The School Board also noted all costs will be fundraised with collaborative partners (no district funds incurred and that the plan fo the site should require minimal maintenance).
    The School Board approved the three suggestions to present to the Bridge Team.

    Director Employment agreements: The School Board approved three-year employment agreements for District Directors, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

    District Center non-affiliated positions:  The School Board approved salary increases for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years for District managers, liaisons, generalists/specialists and network administrators, accountant facilitators, technicians and systems support coordinators, Deans of Students and the Activities Director.

    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education employment agreement:  The School Board approved a three-year employment agreement, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, for the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education.

    Audit Report: The School Board accepted and approved the 2015 financial audit (click here for report; click here for the news release).
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      Key Dates

    • Nov. 26 & 27, No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
    • Dec. 1, School Board Special Election 1 Primary
    • Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • Dec. 24 to Jan. 4, No school, Winter Break
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      School Board standing committee assignments

    Chair John Larkin
    Liaison to City of Fridley
    Liaison to City of Hilltop
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Liaison to Highland ES

    Vice Chair Ted Landwehr
    Minnesota School Board Association
    West Metro Education Program
    Association of Metropolitan School Districts
    Liaison to Valley View ES

    Open Position

    Treasurer Molly Lewis
    Minnesota State High School League
    Liaison to City of Columbia Heights
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Liaison to Columbia Heights HS

    Liaison to Family Center
    Liaison to Columbia Academy

    Clerk Laura Palmer
    NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board

    Columbia Heights Business Council
    Liaison to North Park ES

    Open Position
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee
    Educational Services Cooperative Unit