May 25, 2021 Regular School Board Meeting
The School Board honored Athena Award Winner Ali Reynolds and Oscar Eng Award Winner Willie Katchmark.
Acknowledgement of Contributions
The School Board accepts, with appreciation, contributions in the amount of $16,441.
Discussion, Reports and Information Items
Reports from Members of the Board
Chair Naty Severson attended two School Board Chair meetings, an Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) board meeting and two board training sessions. She also attended a softball game, and Columbia Academy (CA) and Columbia Heights High Schools' (CHHS) joint presentation of "The Wizard of Oz."
Vice Chair Lorien Mueller attended a School Board Chair meeting and two training sessions. She also attended the community powwow, "The Wizard of Oz," some baseball games and the end-of-season synchronized swimming show.
Clerk Laura Palmer attended two board training sessions.
Treasurer Hala Asamarai did not report.
Director Mary Granlund attended the CHHS Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony, two board training sessions, the community powwow. She spoke with Superintendent Stenvik about the recent Community Engagement Session and was able to connect with State Senator Kunesh and State Representative Feist. Granlund also had conversations with caregivers, students and staff.
Director Molly Lewis attended the CHHS Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony, CA and CHHS track meets, "The Wizard of Oz," and two training sessions. She also had conversations with parents.
Superintendent Zena Stenvik shared the District received more COVID-19 relief funding to support robust summer programming for early childhood through grade 12, which will assist with the District's academic acceleration. She shared that Columbia Heights Public Schools staff are in the process of completing an Equimetrics survey, which will provide baseline data in nine categories and help the District pinpoint areas of improvement. Superintendent Stenvik also attended the community powwow and "The Wizard of Oz." Stenvik thanked the City of Columbia Heights, Anoka County, Special Education Director John Fry and District Nurse Nicole Boisvert for organizing the recent COVID-19 vaccination clinic. She also had conversations with Chair Severson, Vice Chair Mueller, Director Lewis and Director Granlund.
Employee of the Year
Director of Human Resources Lindsey Bennett announced Research and Assessment Coordinator Disa Fabeck as the, will be recognized as the 2020-2021 Columbia Heights Public Schools Employee of the Year.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Grants
Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral presented information on the ESSA Grants for 2020-2021. View the presentation.
Director of Teaching & Learning Tara Thukral presented information on the LEA Authorization.
National School Board Association (NSBA) Membership
Chair Severson presented information on the Board's NSBA membership.
NSBA Annual Conference
Chair Severson presented information on attendance to the NSBA Annual Conference.
Mini Adventures and Adventure Club Fees
Upcoming School Board Key Dates
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 -- Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room/Electronic Means
Thursday, June 10 -- Last Day of School
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 -- School Board Work Session, Community Room/Electronic Means
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 -- Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room/Electronic Means