• School Board Report
    Oct. 25, 2016 Business Meeting

    Acknowledgement of Contributions

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $2,490. The total fiscal year 2016-2017 monetary contributions to date is $7,383.47.


    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting, the Oct. 18, 2016 Work Session and the Oct. 18 Listening Session. Chair Larkin participated in the Oct. 18 School Board Candidate Forum (second from left in photo) and attended the Academic Lettering Ceremony at Columbia Heights High School. He also attended a varsity football game and the Oct. 25 School Board Chair meeting.
    School Board Candidate Forum
    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting and the Oct. 18 Work Session and attended conferences at Highland Elementary School.

    Treasurer Molly Lewis participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting and the Oct. 18 Work Session. She attended conferences at Columbia Academy and Highland Elementary School and attended football and adaptive soccer games. Director Lewis also had conversations with constituents.

    Clerk Ted Landwehr participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting, the Oct. 18 Work Session and the Oct. 18 Listening Session. Mr. Landwehr also participated in the Oct. 18 School Board Candidate Forum (first from left in photo) and met with constituents.

    Director Naty Severson participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting and the Oct. 18 Work Session. Ms. Severson participated in the Oct. 18 School Board Candidate Forum (far right in photo). Director Severson also attended varsity and junior varsity football games and had conversations with constituents. 

    Director Hala Asamarai participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting and the Oct. 18 Work Session. Director Asamarai met with Superintendent Kathy Kelly and attended the Academic Lettering Ceremony at Columbia Heights High School.

    Watch the Oct. 18, 2016 School Board Candidate Forum.


    Superintendent's Report

    Paper Tigers Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the Oct. 11 Business Meeting and the Oct. 18 Work Session and attended the Oct. 18 School Board Candidate Forum. Superintendent Kelly announced that the Oct. 18 Local 710 Candidate Forum can be watched online (use link above) and that the District will hold a free screening and follow-on reflective discussion of the nationally-acclaimed film “Paper Tigers,” 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the CHHS Performing Arts Center. The Superintendent also shared that there are no School District meetings Tuesday, Nov. 8 (Election Day).


    Reports and Information Items

    Building Vision Card: Highland Elementary School

    Valley View family Highland Elementary School Principal Michele DeWitt addressed 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


    View Principal DeWitt's Highland ES presentation.

    Transportation Walk Zone

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren presented the School Board with updated information on the District's student walking areas and their relationship with school bus transportation. View Director Holmgren's Walking Distance presentation.

    Summer Academy

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Staff Development Coordinator Jen Babiash provided the annual update. Her presentation included the number of students who attended Summer Academy, staff retention, parent satisfaction survey and parent communication. View the Summer Academy presentation.


    Action Items

    Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination 

    Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett, Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi briefed that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.42, subd.3, School Boards must annually submit to the Commissioner of Education a Statement of Compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and provide the designated supporting information to assure that statement. The School Board approved the request.

    Superintendent's 2016-2017 Goals

    The School Board approved Superintendent Kathy Kelly's goals as presented at the Oct. 18, 2016 Work Session.

    Additional November Work Session and Change of December Meeting

    The School Board approved adding a Work Session for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 and moved the December Regular Meeting from the 13th to the 6th.


    Upcoming Key Dates

    Thursday, Nov. 10, No School, Grading Day
    Friday, Nov. 11, No School, District In-Service Day
    Tuesday, Nov 15, 5 p.m., School Board Listening Session, District Center
    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., Work Session, Community Room
    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Thursday and Friday Nov. 24 and 25, No School, Holiday, District Office Closed
    Tuesday, 7 p.m., Dec. 6, 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 and Liaison to North Park Elementary School.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to the Family Center.

    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.

    Clerk Ted Landwehr: Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, TIES, Columbia Heights Business Council and Liaison to Columbia Academy.

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

    Dr. Hala Asamarai: Liaison to Valley View Elementary School.


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

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