• School Board Report
    Aug. 22, 2017 Business Meeting
          

    Acknowledgement of Contributions 

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $1,083.57. 

    School Board Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin participated in the Aug. 15 Listening Session followed by a Work Session and Aug. 22 Board Chair Meeting. 

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting, Aug. 15 Listening Session followed by Work Session and the Aug. 22 Board Chair Meeting.  

    Clerk Naty Severson participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting and Aug. 15 Work Session. 

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting and Aug. 15 Work Session. 

    Director Molly Lewis participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting and Aug. 15 Work Session. 

    Director Lorien Mueller participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting and Aug. 15 Work Session. 


    Superintendent's Report Group one

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the Aug. 8 Business Meeting, Aug. 15 Work Session and Aug. 22 Board Chair Meeting. The Superintendent attended the Association of Minnesota School Districts and Minnesota Department of Education Superintendent Conference. She reported the E-12 Leadership Team had a retreat with a focus on pre-planning for the strategic planning process. The retreat also included Summer Seminar presentationsGroup 2 from six Columbia Heights High School freshmen. Superintendent Kelly congratulated the high school for being selected to the U.S. News and World Report 2017 Best High Schools rankings. The school, awarded a Silver Medal, was ranked 55th out of 769 schools in Minnesota. The Superintendent reported that negotiations with Local 710 of Education Minnesota are continuing.


    Reports and Information Items

    Environmental 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel provided information on the 21st Century Learning Center Grant application for Columbia Heights Public Schools in partnership with the Columbia Heights Recreation Department. The Grant will extend student learning beyond the school day, starting with the 2017-2018 School Year, for CHPS students in grades 1 through 12. The focus of the grant will be on Technology, Arts, Environmental Studies, Health/Fitness and Academic Support. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    NSBA logo National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference

    Chair Larkin shared the annual conference is April 7 to 9, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Per School Board Policy 214, prior approval is required to attend the NSBA conference. Chair Larkin noted that expenditures are reflected in the School Board budget. 


    Action Items

    Long-Term Facility Maintenance Plan

    The School Board approved the request, as presented at the Aug. 8 Business Meeting.
     

    Northeast Metro 916 Long-Term Facility Maintenance

    The School Board approved the request as presented at the Aug. 8 Business Meeting.

    Metro ECSU Membership

    The School Board approved District membership for 2017-2018 as presented at the Aug. 8 Business Meeting.

    Employee Handbook

    The School Board approved the request as presented at the Aug. 8 Business Meeting.

    School Board Policies - Second Reading

    The School Board approved the following policies:

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

    Upcoming Key Dates

    Monday, Sept. 4, District closed 
    Tuesday, Sept. 5, First day of school
    Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Sub-Committee on Policy Meeting, Superintendent's Conference Room
    Tuesday, Sept. 12, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. School Board Listening Session
    Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. School Board Work Session
    Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. 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, contact Communications Director Casey Mahon at 763-528-4503 or mahonc@colheights.k12.mn.us

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