Sept. 20, 2016 School Board Report

  • School Board Work Session 

    Achievement Update   

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik, Principals Michele DeWitt (Highland), Jeff Cacek (North Park), Willie Fort (Valley View), Duane Berkas (Columbia Academy) and Dan Wrobleski (Columbia Heights High School) provided the School Board an update on student achievement. The initial presentation by Director Stenvik included Columbia Heights Public Schools demographics and sharing of 2016 MCA district-wide and school findings. Among the district-wide findings are proficiency scores are comparable to state results when broken down by demographics.  Director Stenvik also discussed a District Action Plan and how data can best be used to support student achievement. Each principal discussed their school's math, science and reading data and staff strategies for achievement progress.


    Desegregation Lawsuit

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly briefed the School Board on the Cruz-Guzman vs. The State of Minnesota desegregation lawsuit.


    Closed Session

    The School Board met in Closed Session, in accordance with Minnesota. Stat. §13D.03, to discuss negotiation strategies. 


    Upcoming Key Dates 

    7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, School Board Sub-Committee on Policy, Supt's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, School Board Regular Board Meeting, Community Room 
    5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, School Board Listening Session
    5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room


    School Board Committee Assignments

    Chair John Larkin: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Liaison to the City of Fridley, Liaison to the City of Hilltop, Liaison to Highland Elementary School

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to North Park Elementary School

    Treasurer Molly Lewis: Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Minnesota State High School League, Liaison to the City of Columbia Heights, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to Columbia Heights High School and District Family Center

    Clerk Ted Landwehr: Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, TIES, Columbia Heights Business Council, Liaison to Valley View Elementary School

    Director Naty Severson: School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to Highland Elementary School

    Dr. Hala Asamarai: Liaison to Valley View Elementary School


    For more information on the School Board Report, contact Communications Director Casey Mahon at 763-528-4503 or mahonc@colheights.k12.mn.us