School Board Report

March 12, 2019 Regular School Board Meeting

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    Reports from Members of the Board

    Chair John Larkin attended the March 5 School Board Work Session, a School Board Chair Meeting and high school conferences. He also attended Performing Arts Night.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson attended the March 5 School Board Work Session, a School Board Chair Meeting and an Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee on Community Engagement meeting. She also attended the Performing Arts Night and had conversations with community members.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller attended the CHHS band concert, high school and Columbia Academy conferences, and Performing Arts Night. She also met with Superintendent Kathy Kelly, had conversations with parents and participated in an Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee on Community Engagement meeting.

    Clerk Laura Palmer attended the March 5 School Board Work Session, Performing Arts Night and a Northeast Metro 916 Board Meeting.

    Director Hala Asamarai attended the March 5 School Board Work Session, high school conferences and an Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee on Community Engagement meeting. She also had conversations with community members.

    Director Molly Lewis attended the March 5 School Board Work Session, and high school and Columbia Academy conferences. She also attended a couple of Boys Varsity Basketball games and had a chance to watch the 6th grade theater performances at the middle school.


    Superintendent's Report

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly announced that the National Country Music Association Foundation has indicated Columbia Heights Public Schools well become a collaborative partner with them beginning in 2019. She also shared that Northeast Bank presented the District with $6,750 to support the ongoing curriculum in Finance in the Business Office at the high school and announced a scholarship would be awarded to a CHHS student for the next five years in memory of Larry Pietrick and his contributions to the school and community. The Superintendent attended Performing Arts Night and thanked the Columbia Heights Music Boosters and School Board Member Lorien Mueller. She also shared that the New York Study Seminar trip leaves March 23 citing how excited the group is for the experiences the will have. She thanked the Columbia Heights Music Boosters and Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters to help students raise money for the trip. She also had conversations and meetings with various School Board Members.


    Reports and Information Items

    Legislative Update
    Representative Connie Bernardy presented information on the Legislative Session.

    K-12 Activities Update
    Director of K-12 Activities & Athletics Antwan Harris and K-12 Activities Manager Jake Henderson presented an update on the Activities & Athletics Department. View the presentation.

    Upcoming Capital Projects
    Director of Technology, Security Services & Building Operations Bryan Hennekens presented information on upcoming Capital Projects. View the presentation.

    Annual Capital Project Levy Update
    Director of Technology, Security Services & Building Operations Bryan Hennekens and Director of Finance & Operations Denise Sundstrom presented an annual update on the Capital Project Levy. View the presentation.


    Action Items 

    2019-2020 School Calendar
    The School Board approved the 2019-2020 school calendar.

    Precast Structural and Steel Bids Authorization
    The School Board approved the publication of the Precast Structural and Steel Bids.

    Resolution of Board of Directors Certificate of Incumbency
    The School Board approved a Resolution of Board of Directors Certificate of Incumbency on the OPEB Trust.

    Transportation - Request for Proposal (RFP)
    The School Board received information on transportation request for proposal and granted permission to enter into negotiations for a contract with a vendor.


    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    March 18-22, No School, Spring Break 
    7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Friday, April 5, No School, Grading Day
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

  • Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy Sub-Committee 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 Sub-Committee 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 Sub-Committee, 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.


    Mission 2019