• School Board Report
    Jan. 10, 2017 Business Meeting

    Sabrina Tobe, John Kulick, John Larson Hylander Highlights

    The School Board honored Columbia Heights High School Assistant Principal John Kulick who is a recipient of a 2016 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award from the National Society of High School Scholars. Assistant Principal Kulick was joined by his nominator, senior Sabrina Tobe. To know more, read the news release


    Reports from Members of the Board

    John Larkin   Laura Palmer   Naty Severson   Hala Asamarai   Molly Lewis   Lorien Mueller

    John Larkin and Connie Bernardy Chair John Larkin participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, the Jan. 10 Board Chair meeting and the Board Sub-Committee on Policy, the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Governance Training and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (pictured with Rep. Connie Bernardy) Legislative Breakfast. He also attended the Columbia Academy musical Annie Jr. and the Meet and Greet for the new Columbia Heights mayor and council members.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, attended the AMSD Legislative Breakfast Luncheon and had a meeting with Treasurer Hala Asamarai.

    Clerk Naty Severson  participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, the Jan. 10 Board Sub-Committee on Policy meeting attended a junior varsity basketball game. She also attended the Highland Elementary School winter sing concert and the Columbia Academy musical Annie Jr.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting and the Jan. 10 Sub-Committee on Policy Meeting. She also had separate conversations with Vice Chair Laura Palmer and Superintendent Kathy Kelly. Ms. Asamarai also attended a reception for the former Columbia Heights mayor and a council member and the Meet and Greet for the new Columbia Heights mayor and council members.

    Director Molly Lewis participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, had conversations with community members and School Board Directors and Superintendent Kathy Kelly. 

    Director Lorien Mueller participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, attended initial MSBA governance training
    and had a meeting with Superintendent Kathy Kelly and Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett.


    Superintendent Kelly with legislators Superintendent's Report

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the Jan. 3, 2017 Special Called School Board Organizational Meeting, the Jan. 10 Chair Meeting and the Sub-Committee on Policy meeting. She also attended the AMSD Legislative Breakfast (pictured right with Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein and Senator Carolyn Laine) and swimming, wrestling and basketball events.


    Reports and Information Items

    Early Childhood student Age 3 to Grade 3 Task Force

    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel, Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Highland Elementary School Principal Michele DeWitt, provided the annual update. The Age 3 to Grade 3 Task Force is a collaboration between Early Childhood, the Teaching and Learning Department and this District's three elementary schools. The goal is to create alignment from Prekindergarten (age 3) through 3rd grade. The task force began in the 2014-2015 school year with a focus on bridging the link between Early Childhood programming and kindergarten readiness in the area of literacy. This year the Task Force is working to align informational curriculum guides for families. 

    View their PowerPoint presentation.

    Early Childhood Vision Card: Early Childhood (EC) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

    As part of the annual Strategic Roadmap update on EC and ECSE, Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel, Manager of Early Childhood Karen Kremer and Director of Student Services Nicolle Halabi provided the annual update addressing the following:

    • Enrollment Data
    • Early Childhood screening
    • Strategic Roadmap scorecard
    • Early Childhood programs
    • 2016-2017 Smart goals


    View their PowerPoint presentation.

    Strategic Roadmap F: Fiscally Responsible

    Each year, aligned to the District Mission and the Strategic Roadmap, directors report out on the status of their respective Strategic Directions. Director Bill Holmgren provided information related to Strategic Roadmap F: Fiscally Responsible.

    View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Revised 2016-2017 Budget

    Director Holmgrem provided updated information related to the revised 2016-2017 budget. In presenting, Director Holmgren referenced School Board Policy 701.1D, Modification of School District Budget. The revised budget will be presented to the School Board for approval at the Jan. 24, 2017 meeting.

    View the 2017 Revised Budget.

    Upcoming Capital Projects

    Director Holmgren briefed on 2017 summer capital projects, funded by Long Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM), Capital or 2014 Capital Project Levy. These projects include:

    • New Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in the high school arts wing
    • High school cold water repiping
    • Columbia Academy new windows


    View the PowerPoint presentation

    Bids for High School Cold Water Piping Replacement

    Director Holmgrem provided a recommendation to the School Board to approve at an upcoming meeting NAC Mechanical and Electrical Services for the contract of the high school cold water piping replacement. The recommendation is based on six bids with NAC submitting the lowest overall bid at $375,400 (approximately $125,000 less than the highest bid).

    Board Policies - First Reading

    905 - Advertising. This policy will appear on a future School Board agenda for recommended approval. 


    Board Topics

    Listening Session schedule

    The School Board discussed the schedule for the 2017 Listening Sessions.


    Upcoming Key Dates

    Monday, Jan. 16, No school
    Tuesday, Jan. 17, No school
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, School Board Work Session
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, School Board Regular Board Meeting, Community Room
    Friday, Jan. 27, No school 
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, School Board Governance Training, Community Room


    School Board Committee Assignments

    Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to North Park Elementary School.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board and Liaison to the Family Center.

    Clerk Naty Severson: Minnesota State High School League, Liaison to City of Columbia Heights, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Columbia Heights High School.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai: TIES, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Highland Elementary School.

    Director Molly Lewis: Liaison to the City of Fridley and Liaison to Columbia Academy.

    Director Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Liaison to the City of Hilltop and 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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