• School Board Report
    Nov. 14, 2017 Regular Meeting
          

    Communication to the School Board 

    A parent addressed the School Board regarding alleged bullying incidents. Due to Data Privacy Laws, the School Board referred the Administration to follow-up with the parent. The parent was also referred to the School Board Bullying Prohibition Policy (514).

    Reports from Members of the Board

    School Board at Foundation Dinner

    Chair John Larkin participated in the Oct. 24 Regular Business Meeting, the Oct. 24 and the Nov. 14 Board Chair meetings. Chair Larkin attended the the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation (CHHSASF) dinner, the Columbia Heights High School Boosters Hall of Fame Dinner and Homecoming. He also had numerous conversations with constituents.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer participated in the Oct. 24 Regular Business Meeting and the Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 Board Chair meetings. Ms. Palmer also participated in a NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board meeting and had a luncheon meeting with Treasurer Asamarai. Ms. Palmer also had numerous conversations with constituents.

    Naty Severson and friend Clerk Naty Severson participated in the Oct. 24 Regular Business Meeting, attended the CHHSASF Dinner and Homecoming. She also had multiple conversations with constituents.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai participated in the Oct. 24 Regular Business Meeting and the CHHSASF Dinner. She participated in a Citizens for Safer Streets meeting, met with Superintendent Kelly, attended the high school Academic Lettering ceremony and conferences. She also had numerous conversations with members of the community and a lunch meeting with Director Palmer.

    Molly Lewis Director Molly Lewis participated in the Oct. 24 Regular Business Meeting, the Oct. 17 Listening Session and Work Session and attended the CHHSASF Dinner and Homecoming. Ms. Lewis attended high school conferences, the College Application Night and the Highland Elementary School Turkey Bingo. Ms. Lewis also had numerous conversations with community members.

    Director Lorien Mueller was not present.


    Superintendent Kelly and guest Superintendent's Report 

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly participated in the Oct. 24 Board Chair Meeting and the Nov. 14 Board Chair meeting. She thanked the organizers and those who attended the 2017 the CHHSASF Dinner. The Superintendent and Director of Finance and Operations Kristine Carr met with auditors regarding the annual District audit; the Superintendent and Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens have attended meetings at TIE and that they, along with Director Asamarai, will attend a Nov. 15 annual meeting at that organization.  Superintendent Kelly shared that the Sense and Sensibility actors high school Drama Department is presenting Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility starting this Thursday through Saturday, all shows at 7 p.m. at the high school Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Kelly thanked Pilgrim Cleaners for donating more than 170 new or slightly-used coats for district students in-need of warm outside clothing. She announced Kindergarten Registration Nights are starting with the first, at Highland Elementary School, being 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. She also had conversations with members of the School Board.


    Reports and Information Items

    Students singing Building Vision Card - Columbia Heights High School

    Principal Dan Wrobleski gave the annual Strategic Roadmap Vision Card update. Included in his presentation were the following:

    • Enrollment Data
    • Demographic Data
    • Achievement Data
    • Manny Alvarez and Kira Greenfield Implementation Data
    • Focus area updates: Programs and Strategies
    • Outreach: Parents and Community
    • Looking ahead: Goals and Planning

    Additionally, seniors Kira Greenfield and Manny Alvarez provided student accomplishments and highlights this past school year. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    New/Suspended/Deleted Courses for 2018/2019

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik, Principal Wrobleski and Columbia Academy Principal Duane Berkas presented a list of courses proposed for deletion, adding, suspending or expanding/replicating for the next school year. This proposal will be brought forward at the next Business Meeting for requested School Board approvalView their PowerPoint presentation.

    Electronic Application System for Indian Education (EASIE)

    Director Stenvik gave the annual update on EASIE, a program focused on supporting American Indian Education students.  View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Kristine Carr

    Superintendent Kelly introduced Kristine Carr as the Director of Finance and Operations. Ms. Carr comes to Columbia Heights Public Schools from Northeast Metro Intermediate District 916. She has more than 20 years of experience in finance and operations with extensive knowledge of special education issues and technology systems. Ms. Carr is responsible for the District's Finance and Operations, which includes Transportation, Food Services and Payroll.

    OPEB Trust

    Director Carr shared that on Oct. 15, 2009 the School Board established an irrevocable Other Postemployment (OPEB) Trust to be administered by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. The OPEB Trust is used to pay post-employment benefits to eligible District employees. Ms. Carr referenced the need for a School Board resolution to change the named authorized entity representatives, due to a change in the Finance and Operations directorship, to be Superintendent Kelly and herself. This proposal will be brought forward at the next Business Meeting for requested School Board approval.

    Columbia Academy Police Liaison Officer

    Police Liaison Contract

    Director Carr provided information on the annual contract with the City of Columbia Heights Police Department regarding the School Liaison Officer Program. This program is a based on the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Columbia Heights and ISD #13 Columbia Heights Public Schools. The agreement is for services at Columbia Academy and the high school from Jan. 1, 2018 thru Dec. 31, 2018. This proposal will be brought forward at the next Business Meeting for requested School Board approval.


    Action Items

    Canvass Returns of School District's Special Election Resolution

    The School Board approved a resolution to certify the results of the Nov. 7, 2017 CHPS Bond Referendum election. 

    Board Policies - Second Reading

    The School Board approved the following policies: 

    601 School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals
    612.1 Development of Parental Involvement Policies for Title 1 Programs
    613 Graduation Requirements
    616 School District System Accountability
    618 Assessment of Student Achievement
    619 Staff Development for Standards


    Board Topics

    Chair Larkin and Director Lewis shared their personal comments, disappointment and appreciation to those who voted for the Bond Referendum.  


    Upcoming Key Dates

    5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, School Board Development Training, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    Nov. 23 & 24, No School (holiday)
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 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.