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 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.
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.
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.