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Board of Directors

About the Board

The Board of Directors (BOD) sets the direction for the school and the staff takes us there. The director and staff run the school's day-to-day operations. The BOD sets policies and curriculum and ensures that MSA meets the requirements of MSA’s authorizer and its charter . The BOD is composed of MSA teachers, parents, community members, and the director.

Current Members

Jeana Albers (Board Chair)

Phone: (651) 353-2313
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2018

Ken Thielman (Vice Chair)

Phone: (763) 219-2548
Representing: Community
Expiration: June 2019

Mona Hayashi (Treasurer)

Phone: (651) 578-0343
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2019 

Rita Winchester (Board Secretary)

Phone: (651) 323-4519
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2020

Noah Langseth 

Phone: (651) 578-7507 x 4011
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2020

Lisa Anderson

Phone: (651) 578-7507 x 4021
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2020

Jeff Eng 

Phone: (612) 812-9802
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2018

Alexandria Ledo

Phone: 651-399-6527
Expiration: June 2018

Cheri Howe

Phone: (651) 353-2312
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2019

Simran Chandak

Representing: Students

Expiration: June 2018
(Non-voting ex officio Member) 

John Gawarecki, Director

Phone: (651)308-2017
Representing: School District
(Ex-Officio Member)

Judith Darling
Contracted Financial Manager 
Phone: (651) 463-2233 X202
Representing: School District
(Ex-Officio Member BKDA) 

2017 - 2018 Board Meeting Dates and Times

For all board meetings in 2017-2018, the meetings are scheduled to take place at 6:15PM on normally the third Monday of the month in Building A. They typically will end by 8:30PM. A workshop is held prior to the meeting, starting at 5:00PM. Times and dates are subject to change.  Please see the previous meeting minutes to confirm a meeting time. Dates for the 2017-2018 meetings are: 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017 **Special Board Meeting
Monday, September 18, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 **Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018 ** Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Monday, March 8, 2018 ** Special Board Meeting
Monday, March 19, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Monday, April 17, 2018 ** Special Board Meeting
Monday, May 21, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018

Board Committees

A Committee is an official Board of Director (BOD) working group subject to Open Meeting law.  Publicly posted Committee meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available on the MSA website.  The following are official BOD committees: Academic, Annual Fund, Finance, and Governance.

Name of Committee
(Click For More Details) 
Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time Focus or Standing
Academics Chair:
Lisa Anderson (BM)
Rita Winchester (BM)

First Monday of the month  8:00 a.m. Standing 
AFC Chair:
Thomas Johnston
(A. Dir)
Ken Thielman (BM)
Noah Langseth (BM)
Second Thursday of the month 4:30 p.m. Focus 
Communication Chair:
Jeana Albers (BM/Chair)


Second Wednseday of the month

 4:30 p.m. Focus
Finance Chair:
Mona Hayashi (BM/Treasurer)
Jeana Albers (BM/Chair)
Ken Thielman (BM)

Second Monday of the month

 4:30 p.m. Standing
Parent Team

Chair: Rachel Ballard
BOD Liason, Cheri Howe
Jeff Eng (BM)

Quarterly, Mondays 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Standing

Board Task Forces

A Task Force is not an official Board of Director group, and typically is formed for specific tasks or projects.  Task force meetings are open and transparent; as with Committees, members of the MSA community are encouraged to participate. The following are current Task Forces:  Building Safety, Communications, Personnel, Parent Team, and Technology.

Name of Task Force Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time
Building Safety Chair: John Gawarecki TBD   TBD
Credit Recovery Chair: Lisa Anderson (BM) TBD TBD
Education Program Policy Chair: Cheri Howe (BM) TBD TBD
MSHSL - Minnesota State High School League Chair: Shannon Froberg No meeting/report  
Personnel Chair: John Gawarecki Meet as needed  TBD
Policy Ken Thielman (BM) Usually no meeting   TBD
PSEO Chair: Lisa Anderson (BM) TBD TBD
PSEO: Spanish Equivalencies Chair: Michelle Kurkoski TBA  TBD
Technology Chair: No Chair Currently Meet as needed  TBD

Minnesota Charter School Day at the Capitol

March 8, 2017

Board member Mona Hayashi, John Gawarecki (Director), and teachers Thomas Johnston, and Cheryl Howe meet with our district legislators during Charter School Day at the Capitol organized by Minnesota Association of Charter Schools.

Photos below:Board Member, director and teachers meet with Representative Kelly Fenton (in brown shirt). Also shown on the right, with Senator Susan Kent (in red shirt). Click photos for links to more information.

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Minneapolis, MN 55458-1639