School Board Report

Jan. 8, 2019 Organizational Meeting

  • 2019 Oaths Mission Statement

    Creating worlds of opportunity for each and every learner "All Belong, All Succeed"

    CORE VALUES: Community, Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Innovation.

    Swearing In of Newly Elected Board Members

    Acting Chair John Larkin administered the Oath of Office to newly-elected Board members Hala Asamarai, Molly Lewis and Laura Palmer.

    Organization of the School Board

    Election of Chair
    Lorien Mueller nominated John Larkin. Hala Asamarai nominated Naty Severson. The School Board voted John Larkin as Chair.

    Election of Vice Chair
    Molly Lewis nominated Naty Severson.  The School Board voted Naty Severson as Vice Chair.

    Election of Clerk
    Molly Lewis nominated Laura Palmer. The School Board voted Laura Palmer as Clerk.

    Election of Treasurer
    John Larkin nominated Lorien Mueller. The School Board voted Lorien Mueller as Treasurer.

    Appointment of Parliamentarian/Adoption of Robert's Rules of Order
    The School Board approved "Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised" as the rules of order for the for the School Board of Columbia Heights Public Schools ISD 13, except where modified by Board policy. Chair Larkin appointed Laura Palmer as Parliamentarian for 2019.

    Meeting Dates and Times
    The School Board approved the following: Regular Meetings will be held 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, with the exception of March in which no meeting would be scheduled during spring break and December in which the meeting will be held Dec. 17, 2019. There will be no meetings in July. There will be the option of adding a work session the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and that no new business shall be taken up by the School Board after 10:45 p.m. except by unanimous consent of the Board members; Board meetings will be held in the District Center Community Room.

    Appointment of Board Representatives
    The School Board voted and approved the appointment, effective immediately, of the following members to the applicable standing committees:

    MSBA Legislative Liaison: Hala Asamarai
    ECSU: Lorien Mueller
    MN State High School League: Molly Lewis
    NE Metro Intermediate Dist. 916 Board: Laura Palmer
    Liaison to City of Columbia Heights: Lorien Mueller
    Liaison to City of Fridley: Molly Lewis
    Liaison to City of Hilltop: Hala Asamarai
    School Board Policy Sub-Committee: Molly Lewis, John Larkin and Laura Palmer
    Association of Metropolitan School Districts: Naty Severson
    Columbia Heights Business Council: John Larkin

    Appointment of Board Building Liaisons
    The School Board approved the appointment of the following members as liaisons for school assignments for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

    Family Center: Molly Lewis
    Highland Elementary: John Larkin
    North Park Elementary: Naty Severson
    Valley View Elementary: Laura Palmer
    Columbia Academy: Lorien Mueller
    Columbia Heights High School: Hala Asamarai

    Salaries and Per Diem for Board Members and Board Officers
    The School Board voted to leave the salaries as they are: $500 per month and board chair $100 per month; per diem $50 up to 4 hours $100 per day for excess of four hours

    Designation of Depositories
    The School Board approved, through resolution, the following institutions as depositories for Columbia Heights Public Schools:

    Bank of America
    US Bank
    Northeast Bank
    Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus (MSDLAF+)
    Wells Fargo

    The School Board also voted that investment brokers Morgan Stanley and PMA Financial Network are authorized and directed to honor orders, when signed by the Treasurer and the Clerk, for the withdrawal or transfer of funds on deposit as instructed.

    Designation of Electronic Transfer Designees
    The School Board appointed Director of Finance & Operations Bernice Humnick and Deputy Director of Finance Denise Sundstrom to manage electronic transfers.

    Designation of Legal Counsel and Contacts
    The School Board appointed the following individuals as legal counsels for Columbia Heights Public Schools:

    Karen Kepple
    Laura Tubbs Booth of Booth & Lavorato LLC
    Joseph Langel and others of Ratwik, Roszak, and Moloney, P.A. 
    Thomas Deans of Knutson Flynn & Deans P.A

    Designation of Election Clerk
    The School Board approved the reappointment of Dawn Hoium as the School District's Election Clerk. 

    Designation of Official Newspaper
    Three newspapers were invited to submit bids of which one was received. The bid was reviewed to determine if it met the requirements of Minnesota Statute 331A.04, circulation, distribution and pricing per column inch. The School Board approved the Sun Focus as the official newspaper for the School District.

Jan. 8, 2019 Regular School Board Meeting

  • Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin attended the School Board Chair meeting and the School Board Organizational meeting.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson attended the AMSD meeting, attended the CA Geography Bee, the JV Boys Basketball game and a swim meet.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller attended the Policy Subcommittee meeting and the School Board Organizational meeting. 

    Clerk Laura Palmer had no report.

    Director Hala Asamarai attended the Policy Subcommittee meeting and the School Board Organizational meeting.

    Director Molly Lewis attended the boys basketball game, the School Board Organizational meeting and had conversations with community members.

    Superintendent's Report

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly had no report.

    Reports and Information Items

    TL Presentation Department Update - The Office of Teaching & Learning
    Executive Director of Educational Services Zena Stenvik and Deputy Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral presented an update on the Office of Teaching & Learning. View the presentation.

    Pay Equity Report
    Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett presented information on the Pay Equity Report.

    Security Grants
    Director of Technology, Security & Facilities Bryan Hennekens presented information on the Security Grants at Columbia Academy and North Park Elementary. View the presentation.

    Policy First Reading
    School Board Subcommittee on Policy Chair Naty Severson did a first-reading of the following School Board Policies: 104 - School District Mission Statement; 532 - Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEP's from School Grounds; 602 - Organization of School Calendar and School Day; 604 - Instruction Curriculum; 611 - Home Schooling; 613 - Graduation Requirement; 615 - Basic Standards Testing, Accommodations, Modifications and Exemptions for IEP, Section 504 Accommodation and LEP Students; 618 - Assessment of Student Achievement; 619 - Staff Development for Standards; 707 - Transportation of Public School Students; 709 - Student Transportation Safety Policy; 722 - Public Data Request. These policies will appear on a future agenda for approval.

    Action Items 

    Board Policies -- Second Reading
    The School Board approved the following policies: 413 - Harassment and Violence.

    Closed Session

    In accordance with Minn. Stat. §13D.03, the Board will meet in closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations strategy.

    Board Topics

    • Middle School Musical: Wed, Fri, Sat.
    • CA Conferences on Thursday
    • VV: Winter Sing Friday
    • AP Informational Meeting

    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, School Board Work Session, Community Room -- CANCELLED
    Monday, Jan 21, No School
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Friday, Jan. 25, No School, Grading Day

  • Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy SubCommittee and Liaison to Highland Elementary. 

    Vice Chair Naty Severson: Association of Metropolitan School Districts and Liaison to and North Park Elementary.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Liaison to the City of Columbia Heights and to Columbia Academy.

    Clerk Laura Palmer: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy SubCommittee and Liaison to Valley View Elementary.

    Director Hala Asamarai: Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, Liaison to the City of Hilltop and Columbia Heights High School.

    Director Molly Lewis: Minnesota State High School League, School Board Policy SubCommittee, Liaison to the City of Fridley and to the Family Center.

  • For more information on the School Board Report, contact Kristen Stuenkel at 763-528-4515.

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