School Board Report

Oct. 23, 2018 School Board Meeting

  • Acknowledgement of Contributions

    Chair John Larkin announced a resolution to accept current contributions in the amount of $4,582.42. The School Board accepts with appreciation the contributions of these gifts and donations.

    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin had many conversations with community members.

    Naty_John Vice Chair Naty Severson had conversations with community members, attended School Board Chair Meeting, School Board Work Session, CHHS tennis banquet, football games, and the CHHS Academic Awards program.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller attended the School Board Work Session, CHHS and CA football games, CA Parent-Teacher Conferences, Swim Meet, and breakfast with Board Member Asamarai.

    Clerk Hala Asamarai attended the School Board Work Session, and had conversations with community members. 

    Director Molly Lewis attended the School Board Listening Session, the School Board Work Session, CA Parent-Teacher Conferences, JV and Varsity Football games, Striker games, and had conversations with community members.

    Director Laura Palmer attended CA Parent-Teacher Conferences, School Board Work Study and the Sub-committee on Policy, and had conversations with community members. 

    Reports and Information Items

    Tara_Michele Building Vision Card - Highland Elementary 
    Deputy Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral and Highland Elementary Principal Michele DeWitt presented information on the Vision Card for Highland Elementary that tie to the District's Strategic Plan. There were no governance questions with this presentation. View the presentation.

    Summer Programming 2018 Update
    Director of Community Education & Communications Kristen Stuenkel, Director of Special Education Dr. John Fry, Deputy Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral, Elementary Summer School Principal Nathan Meyer and Secondary Summer School Principal Rick Ostby gave an update on programming for summer 2018. View the presentation.SummerProg

    Establishment of a School Board Ad Hoc Sub-Committee
    Chair John Larkin presented information about the establishment of a School Board Ad Hoc Sub-Committee on Community Engagement. It will come to the School Board as an Action Item at the Nov. 13, 2018 School Board Meeting.

    Policy First Reading
    School Board Sub-Committee on Policy Chair, Naty Severson.

    Action Items 

    SB102318 Annual Report
    Deputy Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral brought the 2017-2018 Annual Report to the School Board for approval. The 2017-2018 Annual Report was approved.

    Strategic Roadmap 2019-2024
    Director of Community Education & Communications Kristen Stuenkel brought the Strategic Roadmap 2019-2024 to the School Board for approval. The Strategic Plan 2019-2024 was approved. View the presentation.

    Superintendent's Goald for 2018-2019
    Chair John Larkin brought the Superintendent Goals for 2018-2019 to the School Board for approval. The Superintendent Goals for 2018-2019 were approved.

    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day
    Nov. 8-9, No School, Staff In-Service
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Sub-Committee on Policy Meeting
    6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Tenured Teachers Reception, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    Nov. 22-23, No School, Holiday
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

2018 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, contact Kristen Stuenkel at 763-528-4515.

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