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School Board Election on May 21, 2019

The annual school board elections will occur on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  This year’s election include  positions held by Deb Keyes (faculty member), Bob Hajlo (parent member), and Jim Markoe (community member).  For a Board Nomination Form, click here.  Note:  The board nomination form must be submitted by 5:00 pm on April 11, 2019.  For a summary of Board Member Description of Duties, click here.  For a description of the Board Member Training Policy, click here.

School Board

The School Board provides governance to St. Croix Preparatory Academy.  The Board’s primary responsibilities are fiscal oversight, student achievement, and strategic direction.  The Board consists of parents, faculty, and community members voted into office by the St. Croix Prep community.  Members serve staggering three year terms with annual elections determining new membership.

School Board Meeting Schedule for the 2018-2019 School Year

2018-2019 Meeting dates are:

  • August 21, 2018
  • September 25, 2018 (changed from September 18th)
  • October 27, 2018 — Board Retreat, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carondelet Center, St. Paul
  • November 27, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 21, 2019
  • June 25, 2019

For a draft agenda for the May 21 board meeting, click here.
Approved board minutes
All meetings are held at St. Croix Prep (Orchestra room), with meetings starting at 6:00 pm.

School Board Meeting Schedule for the 2019-2020 School Year

2019-2020 Meeting dates are:

  • August 20, 2019
  • September 17, 2019
  • October 26, 2019 — Board Retreat, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Location to be determined.
  • November 19, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020
  • June 23, 2020

Governance Model

Since its inception, St. Croix Preparatory Academy has followed the Carver governance model.  This model is designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligations of accountability for the organizations they govern.  The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues (e.g. fiscal accountability, student achievement, and strategic initiatives), delegate operational responsibility with clarity (e.g. hiring, curriculum, student discipline, programming, etc.), to oversee management’s job without meddling, and to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization.

The Board of St. Croix Prep demands accomplishment of purpose and only limits the staff’s means to those which do not violate the board’s understood standards of prudence and ethics.

Board Members

Jim Markoe
Community Member
manitouisland@comcast.net

Shane Mueller
Board Chair and Parent
shane.mueller@comcast.net

Nicole Donnay
Teacher
ndonnay@stcroixprep.org

Deb Keyes
Teacher
dkeyes@stcroixprep.org

Jake Gottschalk
Teacher
jgottschalk@stcroixprep.org

Angie Schumacher 
Teacher
aschumacher@stcroixprep.org

Kim Pleticha
Parent
kimpleticha@gmail.com

Bob Hajlo
Board Vice Chair and Parent
Robert.Hajlo@gmail.com

Kristin Denzer
Parent
denz0018@umn.edu

Advisory Board Members

Jon Gutierrez
Executive Director
jgutierrez@stcroixprep.org

Kelly Gutierrez
Chief Operating Officer
kgutierrez@stcroixprep.org

Joann Karetov
Lower School Principal
jkaretov@stcroixprep.org

Wanda Renner
Middle School Principal
wrenner@stcroixprep.org

Andrew Sachariason
Upper School Principal
asachariason@stcroixprep.org

Cori Wahl
Special Ed Director
cwahl@stcroixprep.org