• School Board 


    May 15, 2018 Work Session  

    Closed Session

    In accordance with Minn. Stat. 13D.05; SD 3(b) the School Board met in Closed Session for Attorney/Client privilege.

    Northeast Metro 916 

    Director of Finance and Operations Kristine Carr provided an update on NE Metro 916, a collaborative partner of Columbia Heights Public Schools. She discussed several budget issues for this and the next fiscal year. Director Carr said there was concern shared at a recent NE Metro 916 Finance meeting regarding potential increases that could be passed on to partner districts, including Columbia Heights Pubic Schools (CHPS).

    TIES Update

    Director Carr and Director of Technology and Security Services Bryan Hennekens gave an update on the latest developments relating to this District's membership with the TIES organization. Director Carr said that organization is requesting a confirmation of the District's June 30 letter of withdrawal. There is a potential of a new partnership to take over for TIES, but that the status of this partnership will not be known until after the June 30 CHPS withdrawal date. Director Hennekens discussed existing and follow-on services. Administration is recommending this District continue with its intent to separate from the TIES organization; there was support among the School Board to stay that course.

    Bond Question

    Directors Carr and Hennekens led a discussion regarding a possible Bond question on the November 2018 ballot. Director Hennekens provided an overview of the facility issues for North Park Elementary School and Columbia Heights High School. Director Carr and a representative from the construction firm Kraus Anderson noted due to inflation and other factors the approximate cost for proposed total project costs has risen approximately six percent due to inflation to $17,013,311. Director Carr noted additional maintenance items not included in the proposed bond referendum figures; she said Capital Projects Levy and Long-Term Facility Maintenance funds could be used to address these issues. Director Carr also shared information on potential tax impact for a proposed bond referendum. The School Board discussed the potential budget and funding sources. The School Board discussed three possible ballot questions. This will be an Action Item at the May 22 Business Meeting.

    Strategic Roadmap Planning 

    Superintendent Kelly provided an update on the revised Strategic Roadmap planning process. The Superintendent provided the School Board with a synopsis of all feedback given through the 22 community, student, family and staff "Conversations." She told the School Board of the timeline for next steps in the development of the revised Strategic Roadmap. 


    Member Palmer shared there was a parent at the May 15 Listening Session who asked volunteers to come out to a rally to support the District through the Legislative process.

    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    Tuesday, May 22, Filing for School Board Seats open
    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Regular School Board Meeting, Family Center
    May 28, No School, Memorial Day
    Tuesday, June 5, Filing for School Board seats closes
    Thursday, June 7, Last day for students
    Thursday, June 7, Commencement, Columbia Heights High School
    5 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Sub-Committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

    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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