IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BOARD ELECTIONS & THE ANNUAL MEETING

Due to a number of factors the CRCS Board of Directors has voted to postpone the school’s Annual Meeting and Board of Directors elections.  The Board felt that the pandemic, technology complications with the school’s website, and staffing issues may have influenced the ability to secure a larger candidate pool and wish to ensure all stakeholders are made aware of the opportunity.  Please stay tuned for more information regarding Board elections and a new date for the school’s Annual Meeting.

PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO THE CHANGE IN TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES WE ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH OUR ENTIRE WEBSITE BEING OPERATIONAL.  INFORMATION FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS BEING PLACED ON THIS MAIN PAGE AS WELL AS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

CRCS Board of Director – Regular Meeting
Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 4:30 PM 

In order to keep everyone safe all meetings held by the CRCS Board of Directors will be held virtually (until further notice). The public is welcome to attend the meetings by using a Zoom link. Public Comment procedures for the next virtual board meeting are listed below.   Stay safe and be well!

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The CRCS Board of Directors will take public comments for the Thursday, October 22, 2020 meeting in two ways:

  1. Comments can be submitted in writing (via email). Comments that meet the CRCS Board of Directors public comment guidelines and are submitted between 4 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and 4 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2020 will be accepted.  Please see more directions below.
  2. Comments can be left by voicemail. Voicemails will be limited to 2 minutes each. The voicemail box will open at 4 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and will close at 4 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2020.  Please see more information below.

Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Disclaimer
Comments provided in writing and by voicemail are considered public data under the MN Government Data Practices Act.  This means the information can be shared with anyone from the public requesting the information.

Written Comment Information:

  • Written comments will be limited to 200 words;
  • All comments must include your full name and relationship to CRCS (parent, employee, etc.);
  • All written comments must follow the board’s Public Comment Expectations as outlined below:

Individuals must not include names or titles of employees or students in their remarks for their own legal protection and the legal rights of staff and students. Issues with school employees should be made directly to the Executive Director in accordance with school policy. Professional conduct is expected when participating in Public Comment. 

  • Written comments will be provided to the board, but due to time limitations, will not be read during the meeting
  • Submit your written comments to:  CRCSBoard@crcs-school.org

Voicemail Comment Information:

  • To leave a voicemail, call 612-248-8277 and follow the instructions, which can also be found below:

You have reached the Cedar Riverside Community School Board of Directors Public Comment voicemail. Messages for consideration must be left between the hours of 4 PM on Tuesday, October 20th and 4 PM on Thursday, October 22nd.  All comments must include your full name and relationship to CRCS.  Your call is limited to 2 minutes in length and can be in any language.   All comments you provide must follow the board’s Public Comment Expectations.  These include the following:  Individuals must not include names or titles of employees or students in their remarks for their own legal protection and the legal rights of staff and students. Issues with school employees should be made directly to the Executive Director in accordance with school policy. Professional conduct is expected when participating in Public Comment.  By leaving a voicemail here, you understand that your message is public data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and will be made available upon request.  Please leave your message after the tone. Thank you.


Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Elections

Charter schools are led by their stakeholders – staff, parents and community members. Charter School Boards bring this community together to support the success of all students.  Serving on the Board is an opportunity to shape the future of the school and its students and their families. 

If you are interested in collaborating on the decision making process to support student achievement at CRCS? Consider joining the Cedar Riverside Community School Board of Directors!

The Board is responsible for governing the school and providing leadership.  If you are interested in running in the election for one of the vacant seats, or would like more information about serving on the Board, please call Community & Cultural Liaison Aminah Hussein at 612-248-8275 or mhussein@crcs-school.org or email Sonja Berven at sberven@crcs-school.org. Refer to our information guide below:

CRCS Board Information Guide (1) 

Board Seats & Candidate Applications

This year we are excited to welcome more parent and community voices to the Board table!  We are changing our Board structure and will no longer be a teacher majority Board.  We will have a no clear majority Board, meaning no member group (teachers, parents, or community members) will be 50% or more of the Board. 

This year’s election will fill 3 Board seats:

1 Parent seat (3-year term)

1 Community member seat (3-year term)

1 Flex seat (1-year term)

The Flex seat can be filled by a parent, a teacher, or a community member. 

If you would like to be a candidate in the election, here is what you will need to do:

you will need to inform the Membership Committee (email Sonja Berven sberven@crcs-school.org) you intend to apply by 6:00 PM on October 12, 2020.

You must complete and submit your Candidate Application and Candidate Bio forms by 6:00 PM on October 15, 2020. 

Application Form: Candidate Application Form

Bio Statement: Candidate Bio Statement

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for the school community to come together to hear a State of the School address from the Executive Director and to hear from the candidates running in the Board election.

The Annual Meeting will take place on October 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM via Zoom

Board Election

After the Annual Meeting, electronic voting will be open to all eligible voters.  Voting will be open until 7:00 PM on October 30, 2020.  Instructions for voting will be sent to voters before the election.  Election results will be announced on November 2, 2020.

Who Can Vote in the Board Election?

If you belong to one of these groups at the time of the CRCS Board election, you are eligible to vote!

  1. Parents of students enrolled in CRCS
  2. CRCS employees
  3. CRCS Board members

Board of Directors Elections Key Dates & Deadlines

October 12th by 6pm deadline to state intention to apply
October 15th by 6pm deadline to submit application & bio statement
October 29th at 6pm Annual Meeting via Zoom; voting for Board Elections begins
October 30th by 7pm Voting for Board Elections ends
November 2nd Elections results announced

Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 AND THE BEGINNING OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! 
We realize that families have been anxiously waiting for information on what school will look like this year at CRCS and we appreciate your patience.  We have been very thoughtful in our decision on how to proceed.  This decision was based on a number of factors, but most importantly the unique aspects of our school/community and the most up to date data available from the city, county, and state.  Please see the two documents below for more information. These documents were approved by the CRCS Board of Directors on August 10th, 2020:
Please know that more information will be coming shortly AND some information is yet to be determined as we want to have conversations with many of you!  As you will see the rationale was clear as to why Distance Learning was selected.  We also felt it was extremely important for students, parents, and staff to have a clearly defined amount of time for Distance Learning at the beginning of the year.  After that time, the date may change, but no matter what CRCS will be operating through a Distance Learning model until Monday, November 9th.

See the announcement video for more information on our distance learning plan:

Who We Are

As the fifth charter school in Minnesota, the United States, and the World, Cedar Riverside Community School opened its doors in the fall of 1993. We are celebrating our 26th year of continuous operation! Cedar Riverside Community School is a tuition-free charter PreK- Grade 8 school serving about 180 students.

Our primary goal is to work in partnership with families from the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and the surrounding communities who wish to take part in the education of their children in a rigorous educational environment. Cedar Riverside Community School ensures academic success through rigorous curriculum standards and specialized support for English Language Learners – all while setting high expectations for students.

Cedar Riverside Community School establishes strong skills in math, reading, literature, writing, science, physical education, art & technology – all of the essential areas of learning. We will also carry out a strong character education program to make sure students develop exceptional leadership skills and are well-rounded in all areas and ready for high school and beyond. Class sizes are small to accommodate personalized learning.

The doors of Cedar Riverside Community School are open to you. Please contact us to schedule a visit (612-339-5767). Translators are available.

Thank you for considering Cedar Riverside Community School!