• School Board Report

    Feb. 27, 2018 Regular School Board Meeting 

    Acknowledgement of Contributions

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $1,809. The total fiscal year monetary contributions to date is $13,024.45.

    Communication to the School Board 

    A community member addressed the School Board regarding her concerns of published school rankings, enrollment and bullying. Four parents asked the School Board to address a possible levy referendum that addresses safety and security issues for North Park Elementary School.

    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin participated in the Feb. 13 Regular School Board Meeting and the Feb. 27 Chair Meeting. Chair Larkin attended a high school basketball game and had conversations with parents and constituents. He acknowledged a successful Valley View Elementary School fundraiser and birthdays for Board Members Lewis and Mueller and Board Secretary Dawn Hoium.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson participated in the Feb. 13 Regular School Board Meeting and the Feb. 27 Board Chair Meeting. Vice Chair Severson attended a basketball game and a girls' Sectional swim meet. She participated in the Feb. 20 Listening Session, had a meeting with Superintendent Kelly and had multiple conversations with community members regarding school safety.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller participated in the Feb. 13 Regular School Board Meeting. Treasurer Mueller also attended a basketball game, had conversations with community members and met with Chair Larkin and Director Asamarai.
    Clerk Hala Asamarai participated in the Feb. 13 Regular School Board Meeting and had conversations with parents and students regarding school safety. She also met with Superintendent Kelly.

    Director Laura Palmer was not present.

    Director Molly Lewis participated in the Feb. 13 Regular School Board Meeting and the Feb. 20 Listening Session. She attended Highland Elementary School conferences and varsity and Columbia Academy basketball games. She also had conversations with parents regarding school safety.

    Superintendent's Report

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly attended a three-day College Board workshop and participated with the Administrative Team in a law enforcement led meeting addressing mandated reporting. The Superintendent had multiple meetings with Chair Larkin and School Board members and attended a boys' basketball game. Superintendent Kelly announced an Eat Up the Debt Challenge fundraiser, 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Columbia Heights Chipotle. The restaurant has agreed to donate 50 percent of all sales (see and print coupon below). She noted the goal of $20,000 is to help qualified economically challenged District families erase their National School Lunch Program debts.

    Reports and Information Items

    K-12 Activities Update

    Students signing Letters of Intent Director of Activities and Athletics Antwan Harris provided the annual winter update, which included the number of students participating in athletics and activities. He provided an overview of Arts and Activities, including musicals and Robotics, fall sports highlights, including volleyball, Girls' varsity swimming and Mike Lentz and John Larkin diving, Girls' soccer, Strikers' adaptive soccer, varsity football and Boys' soccer and awards. Mr. Harris provided an overview of winter highlights to date, including the Dance Team, Boys' Basketball and Boys' Wrestling. Lastly, Mr. Harris introduced Mike Lentz who this week was named the Minnesota State High School League Section 5AA Assistant Coach of the Year.  Mr. Lentz was honored by the School Board and awarded a certificate from Chair Larkin. View the PowerPoint presentation.  

    Achievement and Integration Program

    Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik presented a proposal for the FY 2019 Achievement and Integration Annual Budget. This plan and funding supports integration, reduction of the achievement gap and the ongoing work to create the World’s Best Work Force through college and career readiness for all students. Director Stenvik said districts must use the 80 percent of their Achievement and Integration revenue for direct student services and up to 20 percent for professional development and administrative costs. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Summer School 2017 Summer Programming

    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Director Stenvik briefed the School Board on 2018 Summer Programs planned in Columbia Heights Public Schools for academic enrichment, remediation, child care and activities. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    District Non-Affiliated Positions

    Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett and Deputy Director of Finance and Operations Denise Sundstrom provided information on salary increases commensurate to what teachers received for non-affiliated categories for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. This informational item will be brought forward as an Action Item at the next Business Meeting.

    Policy First Reading

    704 - Development and Maintenance of Inventory of Fix Assets and a Fixed Assets Accounting System
    805 - Waste Reduction and Recycling

    These policies will appear on a future agenda for approval.

    Action Items

    American Indian Education Parent Committee Concurrence

    Approved as presented at the Feb. 13 School Board meeting.

    2018-2019 School Calendar

    Approved as presented at the Feb. 13 School Board meeting. Read the summarized approved calendar.

    Revised 2017-2018 Budget

    Approved as presented at the Feb. 13 School Board meeting.

    Tennis Court Reconstruction Contract

    Approved to Bituminous Roadways as presented at the Feb. 13 School Board meeting.

    Board Topics

    The School Board discussed Communication to the Board and follow-up.  Chair Larkin reported out on the Feb. 20 School Board Listening Session.  He also reported on a communication from a parent regarding school safety requesting the School Board, as a whole, contact state and federal legislators to make students and staff safety a priority. Board Member Mueller invited the community to the March 2 Performing Arts Night.

    Upcoming Key Dates

    7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    March 26-30, No School (Spring Break) 

    Chipotle fund raiser March 19 Chipotle Fundraiser Supports Eat Up The Debt Campaign
    The Chipotle Restaurant, located at 5200 Central Avenue in Columbia Heights, has approved a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018.  The restaurant will donate 50 percent of all sales, which will then be donated to the District's Eat Up The Debt campaign. The fundraiser is simple with three different ways your purchase will help. 

    • The first is to simply download and print the graphic, bring it to the restaurant and present it when ordering.
    • The second is to tell the cashier your order is going toward the Eat Up The Debt Campaign, and
    • The third is show a digital flyer on your smartphone or other mobile device.

    All purchases for the fundraiser must be at the restaurant.

    The District's “Eat Up the Debt Challenge” is ongoing until the goal of $20,000 is reached. As of Feb. 20, more than $2,300 has been raised. With your help we can help qualified economically challenged District families erase their National School Lunch Program debt.

    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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