School Board Report
  • March 24, 2020 Regular School Board Meeting

    Acknowledgement of Contributions

    The School Board accepts, with appreciation, contributions in the amount of $12,429.

     Discussion, Reports and Information Items

    Reports from Members of the Board

    All Board members deferred their reports. 

    Superintendent's Report
    Superintendent Kathy L. Kelly shared how busy the District has been preparing for distance learning to begin Monday, March 30 should Governor Walz make that announcement. CHPS has implemented childcare for children of emergency and healthcare care workers as mandated by the Governor. Meal distribution to sites around the community began Wednesday, March 18 by food service and bus drivers. The CHPS Communications Department has created a COVID-19 section of the District website with resources for families to stay informed. The Superintendent wished thanks to all involved with these efforts and to the School Board members who have stayed in touch.

    Curriculum and Instruction - Focus on Arts Standards
    Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral and Art Teach Hannah Starke presented information on the new Minnesota Arts Standard. Minnesota Department of Education and Perpich Center partnered in supporting districts with implementation of the standards. Starke was a part of the Master Teachers committee to support this effort. Information about the timeline for implementation, key changes to the standards, and professional development for staff was presented.

    Annual Capital Project Levy Update
    Director of Technology, Security and Building Operations Bryan Hennekens and Director of Finance & Operations Denise Sundstrom presented information on the District's continued work on Capital Projects funded through the 2014 approved Capital Projects Levy. The presentation included the projects completed or in progress for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the projected projects for 2020-2021.

    Construction Projects Update
    Director of Technology, Security and Building Operations Bryan Hennekens presented an update on the 2018 Bond Referendum construction projects. The presentation will be a general status overview of: The Band Room Addition, The Performing Arts Space Improvements, and North Park Elementary School Additions and Improvements.

    Sustainable Initiative
    Superintendent Kathy L. Kelly and Director of Technology, Security and Building Operations Bryan Hennekens presented information regarding the Columbia Heights Public Schools Sustainability Initiative. The presentation provided a general overview of the initiative and opportunities that District administration is exploring for implementation at North Park Elementary.

    Action Items

    Revised 2019-2020 Budget
    The Board approved the revised 2019-2020 budget.

    Adopt a Resolution Proposing Placement on Unrequested Leave of Absence
    The Board adopted a resolution Proposing Placement on Unrequested Leave of Absence.

    Health Insurance Renewal
    The Board approved the Health Insurance renewal effective July 1, 2020.

    Connect Anoka County Broadband Withdraw Resolution
    The Board approved a resolution to withdraw from Connect Anoka County Broadband..

    North Park Roof Bids
    The Board approved the North Park roof bids.

    Communications Audit and Plan
    The Board approved the Communications Audit and Plan.

    School Board Sub-committee on Community Engagement
    The Board approved the formation of the School Board Sub-committee on Community Engagement.

    School Board Member City Liaison Role Definition
    The Board approved the School Board Member City Liaison Role Definition.

    School Board Meetings during Federal and State Emergency
    The Board approved a motion regarding School Board Meetings during Federal and State Emergency.

    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    April 9 & 10 -- No School
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 -- Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 -- 
    School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 -- Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

Current School Board Committee Assignments

  • Chair Naty Severson: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, School Board Policy Sub-Committee

    Vice Chair Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Liaison to the City of Columbia Heights

    Clerk Molly Lewis: Minnesota State High School League, School Board Policy Sub-Committee

    Treasurer Laura Palmer: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Parliamentarian

    Director Hala Asamarai: Minnesota School Board Association, Liaison to the City of Hilltop

    Director John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, Liaison to City of Fridley


For More Information...

  • For more information on the School Board Report, contact the Communications Department at 763-528-4515 or 763-528-4530.

    Mission 2019