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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, a high school student, the director, and a contracted financial manager.  NOTE:  The Parent Team is no longer part of the BOD and is now its own PTO. For more information, go to the MSA PTO webpage.

Current Members

Dan Ellingson (Chair)

Phone: (651) 337-8797
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2022

Annie Cardenas 

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 1008
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2023

Cody Schniepp (Treasurer)

Phone: (651) 283-5352
Representing: Community
Expiration: June 2022

Michelle Kurkoski  (Secretary)

Phone: (651) 578-7507, ext. 4004
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2022

Jennifer Bartle

Phone: (651) 230-7920
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2023

Robert Krueger

Phone: (612) 470-6299
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2021

Maggie Burggraaff

Phone(651) 578-7507 ext. 4003 
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2023

Jeana Albers

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 2202
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2021

Adam Bartz

Phone: 651-373-2307
Representing: Community
Expiration: June 2021

Paula Akakpo

Representing: Students

Expiration: June 2021
(Non-voting ex officio Member) 

John Gawarecki  Director (on leave)

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

Jenny Abbs
Contracted Financial Manager 

Phone: 651-463-2233 ext. 6835 

Representing: School District

2020 - 2021 Board Meeting Dates and Times

Board meetings in 2020-2021 are normally scheduled at 6:15 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in Building A. They typically will end by 8:30 p.m.  A workshop is held prior to the meeting, starting at 5:00 p.m.  Times and dates are subject to change.  Please see the online school calendar to confirm a meeting time.

Dates for the 2020-2021 meetings are: 

  • Monday, July 20, 2020
  • Monday, August 17, 2020
  • Monday, September 21, 2020
  • Monday, October 19, 2020
  • Monday, November 16, 2020
  • Monday, December 21, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Monday, May 17, 2021
  • Monday, June 21, 2021

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: Academics, Annual Fund, Communication, Finance, School Expansion and Director Evaluation.  

Board Sub-Committee

A Sub-Committee is an official BOD group, and typically is formed for specific tasks or projects. Sub-committee meetings are open, have an agenda published, minutes of the meeting are taken, and are transparent; members of the MSA community are encouraged to participate. The MSHSL Liaison is not a sub-commitee but is listed here for its responsibility to report to the BOD. The table below lists current sub-committees:

Name of Committee
(Click For More Details) 
Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time Focus or Standing
Academics Chair: Michelle Kurkoski
Jennifer Bartle (BM), Rob Krueger (BM)

2nd Monday of the month  8:00 a.m. Standing 
Annual Fund (AFC)

Chair: TBD
Thomas Johnston (MS Asst. Dir), Adam Bartz (BM), Annie Cardenas (Board Chair)

3rd Wednesday of the month 4:30 p.m. Focus 

Chair: Heather Krisko
Maggie Burggraaff (BM)

2nd Wednesday of the month  4:30 p.m. Focus
2021 Director Search Committee

Chair: Lisa Anderson                  Robert Krueger, Jennifer Bartle, Jeana Albers

As Needed   Focus
2021 BOD Election Committee

Chair: Adam Bartz (BM), Cody Schepp, Justin Gehring, Jeana Albers

As Needed   Focus
Finance Chair: Board Treasurer  

2nd Monday of the month

 5:00 p.m. Standing

School Expansion

Chair: Dan Ellingson (Board Vice Chair)

Last Thursday of the Month

4:30 p.m.-


Personnel Committee

Chair: Annie Cardenas (Board Chair)

Third Wednesday of the month

4:15 p.m.


Name of Sub-Committee Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time
Building Safety Chair: TBD  TBD  TBD

MSHSL - Minnesota State High School League (Liaison ONLY. Not a Sub-Committee)

Shannon Froberg NA  NA
Policy Chair: Michelle Kurkoski (BM)
Jennifer Bartle (BM), Robert Krueger (BM)
Usually no meeting  TBD
Technology Chair: TBD
Dan Ellingson (Board Vice Chair),
Adam Bartz (BM)
Meet as needed TBD

 Student Representative 

Former Task Force/Sub-Committee - Archive

Minnesota Charter School Day at the Capitol

March 8, 2017

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

Photo below:Board member, directors and teachers meet with Senator Susan Kent (in red shirt). Click photos for links to more information.

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