• School Board Report
    Nov. 22 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 $1,786.88. The total fiscal year 2016-2017 monetary contributions to date is $9,170.35.

    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair JohnFall Play Larkin participated in the Nov. 15, 2016 Business Meeting, attended the Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) Fall Play Elephant's Graveyard (picture left), the Taste of Columbia Heights, a Strikers (picture below right) adapted soccer State Tournament game and the CHHS vocal and band concert. Chair Larkin also participated in the Nov. 22 Chair Meeting. 

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the Nov. 15 Business Meeting and attended a Robotics tournament, CHHS vocal and band concert and the Nov. 22 Chair meeting.

    Treasurer Molly Lewis participated in the Nov. 15 Business Meeting and attended CHHStrikers S/CA football and Strikers adapted soccer team games.

    Clerk Ted Landwehr participated in the Nov. 15 Business Meeting, attended the TIES Annual Meeting and met with constituents at Taste of Columbia Heights and Lions Club events.

    Director Naty Severson participated in the Nov. 15 Business Meeting, attended a Robotics tournament and met with constituents.

    Director Hala Asamarai participate in the Nov. 15 Business Meeting and met with constituents.

    Superintendent's Report

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly announced that Columbia Heights Public Schools is the recipient of a six-year grant that will fund a new Social Worker position at the District’s Columbia Academy middle school. The Superintendent congratulated Columbia Academy students Naciima Mohamed and Jared Goodman (pictured) whRobotic students o won the Motivational category at the Regional Robotics competition this past weekend and are now advancing to the Minnesota FTC State Robotics competition in February. The public is encouraged to support the entire District Robotic team at the next competition 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 hosted by Columbia Academy. Superintendent Kelly attended the TIES Annual Meeting with Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens and Board Member Ted Landwehr; she also participated in a TIES Membership Meeting. She and Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik met with the Executive Director of Equity Alliances. The Superintendent reported that District and Building Administrators met on moving the Mission forward, shared that the CHHS Dance Studio is nearing completion, attended and applauded the high school band and vocal concert and Fall Play and the Strikers Friday game. Superintendent Kelly spoke to the Columbia Heights' Kiwanis Club and met with School Board members.

    Reports and Information Items

    Columbia Academy student Building Vision Card and Continuous Improvement Plan: Columbia Academy

    Principal Duane  Berkas 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 the presentation.

    K-12 Activities and Athletics Annual UpdateSoccer

    Interim Director of Activities and Athletics Troy Sagdalen presented the School Board with an overview of the Fall 2016 season. Included in his presentation were Fall athletics participation, girls' tennis, volleyball, swimming, soccer, football and adapted soccer.  He also addressed Activities, including the Drum Line, Robotics, Math Team, Knowledge Bowl, Spanish Club, Future Problem Solvers, Chess Clubs, plays and musicals. View the PowerPoint presentation. View the presentation.


    Course Changes for 2017-2018

    Director of Teaching and Learning Stenvik and Columbia Heights High School Principal Dan Wrobleski proposed a list of courses recommended for name changes, deletions, suspensions, additions and expansions for the next school year. This proposal will be brought forward at the next Business Meeting for requested School Board approval.  View the presentation.

    Name Changes
    Human Biology to Anatomy and Physiology High
    Creative Expressions  Middle
    Consumer Auto Maintenance, Aviation, Advanced Health, Aerobics and Advanced Multimedia High

    Anoka Ramsey Community College course (various subjects)


    Preparing for College Entrance Exams (11th Grade) to Preparing for College and Careers


    Musical Theater

    AVID Elective - 8th Grade Middle
    Elementary Media Arts (replicate) Elementary

    Applying for College Early College - Post Secondary Success

    Director Stenvik and Principal Wrobleski provided an update on proposed Early College opportunities for Columbia Heights High School students. Last year the national Higher Learning Commission addressed the Minnesota State Legislature and added increased requirements for concurrent enrollment. The two presented the School Board with information on where this District is in the process of developing concurrent enrollment opportunities. View the presentation.

    Police Liaison Contract

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren provided information on the annual contract with the City of Columbia Heights Police Department regarding the School Liaison Officer Program. This program is a based on the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Columbia Heights and ISD #13 Columbia Heights Public Schools. The agreement is for services at Columbia Academy and the high school from Jan. 1, 2017 thru Dec. 31, 2017. This proposal will be brought forward at the next Business Meeting for requested School Board approval.

    Summer Program DataGirls

    Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi, Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Director Stenvik provided information and data on District programs that took place during Summer 2016. View the presentation.

    School Board Organizational Meeting

    Chair Larkin and Superintendent Kelly discussed the process for electing a School Board Chairperson based upon Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition" as prepared by Karen Kepple, Nov. 29, 2011 and First Monday in January as prepared by Minnesota School Board Association as procedures for the Annual Organizational Meeting.

    Action Items

    2016 Audit

    Presented at the Nov. 15 Business Meeting as an Information Item. The School Board, after hearing from Matt Mayer from the independent auditing firm Bergan KDV, approved the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The report is available on the District Financial Reports webpage.

    North Suburban Post-Secondary Success Consortium Joint Powers Agreement

    Presented at the Nov. 15 Business Meeting as an Information Item. The School Board approved the agreement with Mounds View, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and Roseville Area Schools.

    Board Book

    The School Board approved the contract for the online resource. 

    Board Topics

    Board member Landwehr had a question about segregation of duties related to the Audit Report. Superintendent Kelly, supported by Director Holmgren, shared that the size of this school district and staffing does not effectively allow for the requested question to be implemented.

    Upcoming Key Dates

    Thursday and Friday Nov. 24 and 25, No School, Holiday, District Office Closed
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m., Sub-Committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Tenured Teacher Reception, Family Center
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room 
    Dec. 23 - Jan. 2: No school, Winter Break 

    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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