• School Board Report
    May 9, 2017 Business Meeting
          

    Reports from Members of the Board 

    Retiree Chair John Larkin participated in the April 25, 2017 Business Meeting and May 9 Chair meeting, attended the 2017 District Retirement Celebration, the Valley View Elementary School Principal Candidate Meet and Greet and the Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters dinner. Chair Larkin also attended the high school musical "Little Shop of Horrors" and high school conferences.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer attended the 2017 District Retirement Celebration and the Highland Fine Arts Night, Concert and dinner. She also had lunch with Board Director Lewis and had conversations with constituents.

    Clerk Naty Severson participated in the April 25 Business Meeting. She attended the 2017 District Retirement Celebration, the Valley View Elementary School Principal Candidate Meet and Greet, the Columbia Heights Athletics Boosters Dinner and the high school musical. She also attended several varsity baseball games, a girls' softball game and had a meeting with Superintendent Kelly.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai attended high school conferences.

    Director Molly Lewis participated in the April 25 Business Meeting. She attended the 2017 District Retirement Celebration, the high school musical, the Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters dinner and varsity track meets. Director Lewis also had a meeting with Superintendent Kathy Kelly.

    Director Lorien Mueller participated in the April 25 Business Meeting. She attended the 2017 District Retirement Celebration and the Valley View Elementary School Principal Candidate Meet and Greet. Director Mueller attended the high school musical and synchronized swimming. She also had conversations with Chair Larkin, Superintendent Kelly and parents and constituents.


    Superintendent's Report Valley View Fun Run_Walk

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the April 25 Business Meeting. She attended the Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters Award Dinner where School Board Chair John Larkin was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Superintendent Kelly attended the Valley View Principal John Larkin Candidate Meet and Greet (view the news release), the high school musical (and also thanking parents for hosting an after-cast dinner) and the Highland and Valley View elementary school's Fine Arts Nights. She also participated in the Valley View Fun Run and Walk with Principal Willie Fort and a ribbon-cutting for the newly repainted "world" at the school's playground. She shared the Administrative Team met to address concurrent enrollment issues and that Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren and she have been preparing for a Federal Program Audit. Additionally, Director Stenvik and she had site visits to Highland and Valley View Elementary Schools. The Superintendent participated in the TIES Innovation Project for Superintendents conference. She reported Director Kristen Stuenkel, Director of Technology and Security Bryan Hennekens and Manager of Operations Tom Foley met with a community member on the Citizens for Safer Streets issue. The Superintendent also met or talked with Board Members.


    Reports and Information Items

    Connie Buesgens Donated Quilt Quilt Donation

    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel introduced Columbia Heights community member Connie Buesgens to recognize her donation of a quilt to support the work of the Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard. This is the second quilt (the first in 2015) that Ms. Buesgens has donated to the District to support Blooming Heights. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Northeast Metro Intermediate District 916

    NE Metro 916 Superintendent Connie Hayes, CHPS Superintendent Kelly and Interim Director of Student Services Laura McLuen provided an annual update on the services provided by NEMID 916. View the PowerPoint presentation

    Transportation BidsWaving farewell to bus

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren shared that every four years this District advertises for transportation bids. Director Holmgren said that for the current year there was one bid for regular full service transportation and 13 for Type III (Homeless and Special Education). He recommends the School Board award the contract to Lorenz Bus Company for four years. This informational item will be brought before the School Board for action at the May 23 Business Meeting. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    K-1 Literacy Curriculum Pilot

    Wonders Director of Teaching and Learning (T&L) Zena Stenvik and Curriculum Coordinator Tara Thukral shared this pilot began with a comprehensive needs assessment conducted the prior school year. The findings indicated the current literacy curriculum used in Kindergarten and first grade, Read Well, lacks sufficient phonics instruction and also lacks comprehension skills. The T&L team reviewed and researched curricula from six different programs. Eight teachers from all three elementary schools piloted the top two curricula (Literacy by Design and Wonders) for four weeks each with Wonders selected. This informational item will be presented as an Action Item at the May 23 Business Meeting. View the PowerPoint presentation.


    Action Items

    Out of State Field Trip

    The School Board approved the 2018-2018 out-of-state field trip as discussed at the April 25, 2017 Business Meeting.

    National School Board Association Membership

    The School Board approved the annual membership.

    Repeal of Policy 533 (Wellness)

    The School Board approved the repeal as it is being replaced with a revised Policy 533 - Wellness (see next action item). The repeal and replacement of this policy is necessary for alignment with the US Department of Agriculture in new rules on local school wellness policies, which are required by June 30, 2017. This was presented at the April 23, 2017 Work Session. View the PowerPoint presentation. 

    Board Policies Second Reading

    The School Board approved the following policies:

    413 - Harassment and Violence
    533 - Wellness
    616 - School District System Accountability

    Resolution to Place Tenured Assistant Principal Employee on Unrequested Leave of Absence

    The School Board approved the resolution.

    Resolution for Discontinuance or Reduction of Programs and Positions for 2017-2018

    The School Board approved the resolution.

    Resolution for Termination of Probationary Teacher Contracts

    The School Board approved the resolution.

    Resolution for Termination of Programs and Positions

    The School Board approved the resolution.


    Board Topics

    Superintendent Kelly announced the City of Columbia Heights Breakfast will be held Wednesday, May 10.


    Upcoming Key Dates

    5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    May 29, Monday, No School, Memorial Day


    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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