• School Board Report

    March 20, 2018 Work Session

    Early Childhood students and parents Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and PreK 4/Voluntary PreK Plan (2018-2019)

    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Director of Record for Special Education George Holt discussed the voluntary PreK 4 program, how it collaborates with Early Childhood Special Education and past, current and future budget and programming issues. Director Stuenkel provided a timeline to discuss programming and funding. She also discussed programming at each of the District's elementary schools and at the Family Center. Director Holt shared ideas of how creative planning can create integrated classrooms that can benefit all students. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Strategic Planning

    Strategic Roadmap Superintendent Kathy Kelly discussed the various steps, data, timelines, key dates, processes, personnel and requirements involved in the development of a new Strategic Roadmap for Columbia Heights Public Schools. Among these is gathering input through community meetings and focus groups led by an external facilitator. The Superintendent discussed the need to have the new Strategic Roadmap completed by early Fall 2018. Discussion included communicating out early and consistently so as much of the greater school district community are aware, and can contribute, to the development of the new Strategic Roadmap.

    Safe Schools Resolution

    Lorien Mueller Laura Palmer Per the request of School Board Members Laura Palmer and Lorien Mueller and Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens discussed a draft Safe Schools Resolution. This presentation was based on concerns shared by some parents as a result of continuous school shootings throughout the country and how this issue could affect Columbia Heights Public Schools. The draft Resolution called on State and Federal elected officials to enact and sign into law legislation that will make schools safer and more secure. There was discussion among the members relating to School Board span of control, suggested changes, financial concerns or if a Resolution (or modified) is applicable versus some other form of communication. The members agreed to direct Administration to modify the draft Resolution and provide an updated version at an upcoming School Board meeting.

    Hala Asamarai Community Meeting

    Member Hala Asamarai discussed research regarding School Board interaction with communities with transparency and outreach engagement key components. She shared examples what some other school districts do with their community goals, strategies and tactics. Director Asamarai suggested one option of a meeting where community members could come, meet and share their thoughts with the School Board and administrative staff regarding educational issues affecting students and families. The members had a fruitful discussion with different ideas of how to improve communications and relations with constituents. The School Board agreed to continue this conversation.


    Upcoming Key Dates

    March 26-30, No School (Spring Break) 
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, School Board Sub-Committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Meeting


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

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