• School Board Report
    Aug. 8, 2017 Business Meeting

    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin was not present. 

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the June 27 Business Meeting and the Aug. 8 Board Chair Meeting. She also participated in Northeast Metro 916 Board Meetings.

    Clerk Naty Severson connected with community activities and constituents.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai participated in the June 27 Business Meeting and connected with community members and constituents.

    Director Molly Lewis participated in the June 27 Business Meeting. She also had conversations with parents and community members and attended the National Night out.

    Director Lorien Mueller participated in the June 27 Business Meeting. She also connected with community members and watched two CHHS graduates perform in a musical.

    Superintendent's Report 

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly deferred her report.

    Reports and Information Items

    Representative Bernardy and Senator Laine Legislative Update

    Elected officials representing Columbia Heights Public Schools, State Senator Carolyn Laine and Representative Connie Bernardy, provided an update on the 2016-2017 Legislative Session. Their report included all-day, voluntary everyday free Pre-K funding, state educational funding, transportation, state taxes, free and reduced meal reimbursements, licensure, Special Education and pensions.

    New teachers 2016 Opening Week Activities

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik provided an overview of activities for the opening week for the 2017-2018 School Year. Her presentation included preparation for the induction of new teachers and the first week back for all returning staff in preparation for students. View her PowerPoint presentation.

    Check and Connect Academic Return on Investment (AROI)

    Director Stenvik and Director of Technology and Security Bryan Hennekens provided information on the Academic Return on Investment two-year analysis of the Check and Connect program. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Employee Handbook 2017-2018 Employee Handbook

    Manager of Human Resources Elizabeth Bruchu provided the annual update on the District's Employee Handbook. The handbook provides detailed information for employees of Columbia Heights Public Schools. The School Board will be asked to approve the handbook at the Aug. 22 Business Meeting.

    Metro ECSU Metro Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU)  

    Director Stenvik asked the School Board to consider continued membership in ECSU, which provides services to school districts while reducing costs through collaboration. This past school year the District benefited through the Metropolitan Principals' Academy and paraprofessional staff development in the areas of Assistive Technology and Autism. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    North Park Minnesota Department of Education Review and Comment 

    Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren provided information related to the North Park Elementary School and Columbia Heights High School bond referendum. As part of the process, the Minnesota Department of Education must perform a "Review and Comment" on the District's bond referendum plan.  View the document.  

    Long Term Facility Maintenance Plan   

    Director Holmgren reported the District must file with the Minnesota Department of Education a 10-year budget for the Long-Term Facility Maintenance Revenue, which replaces the Health and Safety revenue the District previously received. 

    Northeast Metro 916 Long-Term Facility Maintenance Plan  

    Director Holmgren provided an informational overview of the plan, which with School Board approval, is necessary for NEM 916 LTFM funding from the Minnesota Department of Education. This item will be brought forth at a future meeting for possible School Board approval.

    Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Membership

    Director Holmgren discussed the pros and cons of the District's membership. The School Board will decide, at an upcoming meeting, whether the District will continue its membership.

    Policy First Reading 

    The following policies will appear on a future agenda for School Board approval:

    303 - Superintendent Selection
    405 - Veteran's Preference
    414 - Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect

    Action Items

    Northeast Metro 916 Special Education and Related Staffing Agreement

    The School Board approved the agreement.

    Association of Metropolitan School Districts

    The School Board approved District membership for 2017-2018.

    Minnesota School Board Association

    The School Board approved District membership for 2017-2018.

    Upcoming Key Dates

    5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    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
    Monday, Sept. 4, District closed for Labor Day
    Tuesday, Sept. 5, First day of school

    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, contact Communications Director Casey Mahon at 763-528-4503 or mahonc@colheights.k12.mn.us

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