• School Board Report
    June 20, 2017 Work Session

    Memorandum of Understanding Educational Assistants

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly, Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett and School District Attorney Karen Kepple discussed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SEIU Local 284. Ms. Kepple said the Educational Assistants earlier inquired about becoming a part of the bargaining unit. She provided the School Board background information. Ms. Kepple informed the five applicable Educational Assistants will be included in the bargaining unit for, at this time, the next year.

    CHHS graduate elementary student Academic Achievement

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik, Columbia Heights High School Principal Dan Wrobleski, Columbia Academy Principal Duane Berkas and Highland, North Park and Valley View elementary school Principals Michele DeWitt, Jeff Cacek and Willie Fort provided updates on Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) and school academic achievement.

    North Park Capital Building Bond Referendum

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren and Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens provided information on a possible Capital Building Bond Referendum addressing needs at North Park Elementary School and Columbia Heights High School. This discussion was informational and intended to provide the School Board with factual information in determining whether to consider asking voters to support a Capital Building Bond Referendum on the Nov. 2017 ballot. View their June 13 presentation.

    Policy 534 - Unpaid Meal Charges (First Reading) 

    Director Holmgren provided information on a proposed School Board Policy 534. He reported the policy is now mandated by the Federal Government. The proposal will be presented, as an Action Item, at the June 27 Business Meeting.

    Americn Indian Education American Indian Education Programming

    Interim Director of Student Services Laura McLuen shared the District held an American Indian Education Public Forum June 13, which included an overview of curriculum, family involvement, staff development and liaison meetings. The presentation provided data, funding, programming, objectives and recommendations. Director McLuen added 100 percent of CHPS American Indian seniors graduated in 2017.

    Housing Tax Increment Financing District

    Director Holmgren shared the District was recently informed the City of Columbia Heights is proposing establishment of the 47th and Grand Avenue Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. He reported there will be a public hearing 7 p.m. July 10 at the City Council Chambers.

    Adult Basic Education Adult Basic Education  

    Director Holmgren and Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel updated the School Board that the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program, which was previously scheduled to move to a new facility in Columbia Heights, will temporarily remain in its current location. The permit for the ABE to be housed in the new facility was aligned to two charter school leases - the City of Columbia Heights did not approve the conditional use permits for the two charter schools. As a result of the decision, the ABE program will require a new lease for its existing location for the coming 12 months. A request to renew the lease will be brought forward as an Action Item at the June 27 Business Meeting.

    Superintendent's Goals

    Superintendent Kelly provided the School Board a summary of her 2016-2017 goals. The first goal was the American Indian Education program, the second was a CHPS Anchor Therapeutic program and the third goal leadership development with a focus on financial. 

    Listening Sessions

    Chair John Larkin coordinated the School Board schedule for the 2017-2018 Listening Sessions.


    The School Board discussed participating in the 2017 Jamboree Parade.

    Upcoming Key Dates

    5 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, Sub-Committee on Policy Meeting, Superintendent's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    July 3-7, District Center closed for facility maintenance
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Sub-Committee on Policy Meeting, Superintendent's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Regular School Board Meeting, 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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