• School Board Report

    Jan. 30, 2018 Special Called Meeting 

    Communication to the School Board 

    A member of the City of Columbia Heights City Council introduced himself as the new liaison to this School District.


    Acknowledgement of Contributions 

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $2,105.03. The total fiscal year monetary contributions to date is $11,215.45.


    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin deferred his report.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson participated in the Jan. 9 Organizational and Regular Business Meetings and the Jan. 30 Board Chair Meeting. She attended band concerts, conference basketball games and high school conferences.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller participated in the Jan. 9 Organizational and Regular Business Meetings. She participated in a TIES meeting and attended the Columbia Academy Principal Roundtable. Ms. Mueller also had conversations with community members.
     
    Clerk Hala Asamarai deferred her comments.

    Director Laura Palmer deferred her comments.

    Director Molly Lewis was not present.


    Reports and Information Items

    Discontinuance of Programs and Positions Resolution

    Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett briefed the School Board on a resolution that would direct the Superintendent and Administration to consider the discontinuance of programs and positions to effectuate economies in the School District and reduce expenditures. This agenda item will be brought forward as an Action Item at the next School Board meeting.


    Action Items

    State Resolution to Fully Fund Special Education Services

    The School Board approved a State of Minnesota Resolution related to fully funding Special Education Services.

    Federal Resolution to Fully Fund Special Education Services

    The School Board approved a Federal Resolution related to fully funding Special Education Services.

    High School Water Piping Replacement Bid

    The School Board approved the contract to Horwitz Mechanical from Hallberg Engineering. The project will be funded with Capital Levy and Long-Term Facility Maintenance funds included in this year's budget.


    Board Topics

    Vice Chair Severson complemented all of the District students and volunteers who participated in the Polar Plunge fundraiser for SACA.


    Upcoming Key Dates

    Feb. 6, Tuesday, Precinct Caucus Day
    Feb. 9, Friday, No School
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Feb. 19, Monday, No School
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, School Board Listening Session, Community Room
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room


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    School Board Committee Assignments

    Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to the City of Hilltop and Columbia Academy.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to the City of Fridley and Valley View Elementary School.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit and Liaison to North Park Elementary School.

    Clerk Hala Asamarai: TIES, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to City of Columbia Heights and the Family Center.

    Director Laura Palmer:, NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Columbia Heights High School.

    Director Molly Lewis: Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, Minnesota State High School League and Liaison to Highland 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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