Nova Academy Board of Directors

Board Member Roster

Email: board@novaclassical.org

This email is received by the Board Chair and may be distributed to all members of the Board of Directors. Contents received at this email address will not be included in the Public Comment section of the board packet.

Frank Ross fross@novaclassical.org

Director and parent, Frank Ross has two Nova students in the Lower and Upper schools. He serves on the Governance and Finance Committees. Frank leads the Cyber Security Operations team at General Mills which is responsible for their global Cyber Security infrastructure. He is responsible for the overall strategy, execution, and life-cycle management of the key platforms ensuring the organization’s business applications, enterprise systems, network assets, and data are safeguarded against current and emerging cybersecurity threats. Frank holds bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Sociology from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Saint Thomas. He brings a strong background in governance, process improvement, and operations research from previous and current roles with numerous large corporations. Frank regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Prepare + Prosper, and is a member of the Cyber Security Summit Advisory Board.

Claudia Gumbiner Hungs chungs@novaclassical.org

Director and parent, Claudia Gumbiner Hungs is the parent of two Nova students. Claudia serves on the Academic Excellence Committee. She brings 20 years of management consulting, strategic planning, and project management experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments. Claudia has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Melissa DeJesus Hernandez melhernandez@novaclassical.org

Melissa Hernandez and her husband, Juan, enrolled their daughter at Nova nine years ago. Since then, she has had the honor and joy to serve Nova as an active member of the PTO (2012-Present) and School Climate Committee (2014-2017), a Recess Teacher (2013-2014), as well as the Lower School (LS) Office Manager (2014-2019). Melissa’s background is in Organizational Management and prior to her work with Nova she was employed in the hospitality industry as a Restaurant Development Manager.

Divya Karan dkaran@novaclassical.org

Director and parent, Divya Karan has two children in Nova’s Upper School. She grew up in India and came to the US as an undergraduate student. She is an Information Technology professional who is currently an independent consultant on projects at two twin cities companies. She has worked in various roles for large companies like Target Corporation, Wells Fargo, MicroStrategy Inc, and First Data Corporation as well as public universities like the University of Minnesota, CUNY Graduate Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Divya has volunteered as a Hindi language teacher at School of India for Languages and Culture, served on its Board of Directors, and is a Director on the board of Ananya Dance Theatre. She also volunteers her time for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She has a BS degree in Physics (Hons) from Kent State University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nicholas LaRusso nlarusso@novaclassical.org

Nicholas LaRusso, M.D. is am the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. Nicholas co-authored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI with Barb Spurrier and Mayo Clinic CEO, Gianrico Farrugia. Besides being a member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of GASTROENTEROLOGY and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Among other honors, he’s been a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. Nicholas has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and is ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report.

Becky Lund blund@novaclassical.org

Director and 2nd-grade teacher, Becky has been at Nova since it opened its doors in 2003 and has served on several committees during her tenure here including the Curriculum Committee and the Governance Committee. Becky received her BA in Elementary Education from Augsburg College and her MA in Education from Hamline University. She also received an additional license in K-12 Reading from Hamline.

Sasha Ross sross@novaclassical.org

Director and teacher, Sasha Ross has been a mathematics teacher at Nova for six years. She teaches Algebra and Calculus in the Upper School. Sasha has been a member of Nova’s Governance Committee since the summer of 2018, helping review board policies and organize the board elections. Since 2015, she has been part of the Response to Intervention (RTI) team and is also a lead on the Data-Driven Instruction (DDI) team.  Sasha grew up right here in St. Paul and is passionate about the community. She still lives in the area with her partner, dog, and a 30-year-old tortoise who serves as the oldest class pet in Nova history.

Diane Ruday druday@novaclassical.org

Diane Ruday has been a teacher at Nova for 11 years. She teaches math in grades 1-5 and is the Math Lead in the Lower School. Diane has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hamline which she earned in 2011. Prior to coming to Nova, she was a math tutor for school district 833 and a long-term substitute math teacher at Lake Junior High School in Woodbury. Before that, Diane spent 20 years as a computer programmer. She worked at 3M in the Industrial Mineral division and was the computer programmer and the project manager on a system that was installed in the roofing granule plants. She was able to develop a new computer software system that she installed in all four of the roofing granule plants.

Jennie Winter jwinter@novaclassical.org

Director and treasurer, Jennie Winter has been a Nova parent since 2011 and has three children, all of whom attend Nova. Jennie was a founding partner at Winter Klein Communications, where she worked for fourteen years on a variety of strategic marketing and HR communications projects. Prior to starting Winter Klein Communications, Jennie worked in corporate finance at Medtronic, Inc., and was earlier employed in marketing at United Way. Jennie also taught English for two years to secondary school students in Vanuatu as a Peace Corps volunteer. Jennie has an MBA in strategic management, marketing, and finance from the University of Minnesota, where she received special honors in strategic management and a BA with honors from UW-Madison. Jennie served on a similar board alongside faculty and administrators at UW-Madison, and she enjoys serving in such a role again at Nova.

Unless otherwise noted, Nova Classical Academy Board of Directors meetings usually take place on the last Monday of each month in the Exhibition Hall (rooms 302/304) at Nova Classical Academy, 1455 Victoria Way, St. Paul, MN 55102.

The board working session begins at 6 pm with the regular board business meeting following at approximately 7 pm.


Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings:

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The scheduled dates are as follows:

  • July 26th, 2021
  • Aug 23rd, 2021
  • Sept 27th, 2021
  • Oct 25th, 2021
  • Nov 29nd, 2021
  • Dec 4th or 11th, 2021 (TBD-board retreat)
  • Jan 31st, 2022
  • Feb 28th, 2022
  • March 28th, 2022
  • April 25th, 2022
  • May 23rd, 2022
  • June 27th, 2022

Board Packets

Agendas & Minutes

Board Packets (2015 – present)

Board packets for SY 2015-16 and after are housed in BoardBook. Please click the button below to locate records.

View Board Packets (2015-Present)

Board Packets (prior to 2015)

Board packets for SY 2015-16 and before are housed below. Please click the “download” button below to download a ZIP file of all records from the corresponding school year.

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2015-16 School YearDownload 
2014-15 School YearDownload 
2013-14 School YearDownload 
2012-13 School YearDownload 
2011-12 School YearDownload 
2010-11 School YearDownload 
2009-10 School YearDownload 
2008-09 School YearDownload 
2007-08 School YearDownload 
2006-07 School YearDownload 
2005-06 School Year.zipDownload 
2004-05 School YearDownload 

Standing Committees

  • Academic Excellence Committee
  • Budget & Finance Committee (Website)
  • Governance Committee

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Human Resources Committee

Administrative Committees

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Health & Wellness Committee (Minutes)

Board Committee Minutes

Board Packets (2015-present) including agenda/minutes are available here!

MN Finance Award

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Finance Award recognizes schools that exhibit sound fiscal health and financial management policies and procedures.  The criteria for earning a School Finance Award is based on compliance with  state statute on a number of financial related issues and other means of demonstrating fiscal health. Nova has received this award for the following years: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Annual Reports

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 124D.10 subd. 14, a charter school must report to its authorizer the information required by the authorizer.

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Annual-Report_NCA_2019-2020_FINAL.pdfDownload 
Nova-18-19-Annual-Report-and-WBWF-Report.docx-2-compressed.pdfDownload 
Nova 2017-2018 Annual Report.docxDownload 
2016-17-Annual-Report.pdfDownload 
2015-16-Annual-Report.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-2015.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-for-2014-FINAL_optimized.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-for-2013.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-for-2011-2012.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-for-2010-2011.pdfDownload 
Annual-Report-for-2009-2010.pdfDownload 

District Expenses and Revenues Form

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2015-16.pdfDownload 
2014-15.pdfDownload 
2013-14.pdfDownload 
2012-13.pdfDownload 
2011-12.pdfDownload 
2010-11.pdfDownload 

Board Health Insurance Documents

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Group Health InsuranceDownload 
MN Statutes – HITADownload 

The 2021 election to fill two seats on the Nova Classical Academy Board of Directors concludes at 4 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021.  Eligible voters should receive an email from Simply Voting.  If you do not receive an email, please check that Infinite Campus has your correct email address and then contact the Governance Committee at governance@novaclassical.org.

Please vote!

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2021 Nomination LetterDownload 
2021 Board Election FlyerDownload 
2021 Election RulesDownload 
2021 Voter PacketDownload 

Public Comment: publiccomment@novaclassical.org

The School Board welcomes input from community members and staff. A “Citizen Participation” time is available at the beginning of each board meeting. Please adhere to the following guidelines outlined in Policy 203:

  • Input should be short (approx. 3 minutes or less)
  • Comments should be germane to the agenda and respectful.
  • Repetition should be avoided if possible; new input is best.
  • Under Policy 203, public comment must not be discriminatory in nature. The Board Chair has the authority to stop any comments that violated Nova’s policy or are discriminatory.
  • When the Business section of the meeting begins, citizen input should cease. Occasionally, if a topic is controversial, the Board Chair may choose to allow more citizen input during that particular agenda item. The Board Chair may also request input from the citizens if more expertise or clarification is needed on a topic.

Written public comment can be submitted via email to publiccomment@novaclassical.org. This email is received by the Board Secretary and will be distributed to all members of the Board of Directors.

Approved Policies for Nova Classical Academy

Section 1 | Legal Authority for Policies, Establishment, & Implementation of Policies

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NP-101 | Legal Authority of BoardDownload 
NP-102 | DefinitionsDownload 

Section 2 | Board of Directors, Recruitment, Meetings, Agenda, Committees, Training

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NP-201 | Roles & Responsibilies of Board of DirectorsDownload 
NP-202 | Expectations and Obligations of Board MembersDownload 
NP-203 | Board MeetingsDownload 
NP-204 | Election of Board MembersDownload 
NP-205 | CommitteesDownload 
NP-206 | Board Orientation, TrainingDownload 
NP-208 | Development, Adoption, and Implementation of PoliciesDownload 
NP-210 | Board of Director’s Member Conflict of InterestDownload 

Section 3 | Applications, Admission, and Enrollment

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NP-301 | Application and EnrollmentDownload 
NP-301 | Lottery ProcedureDownload 
NP-302 | Early Admission to KindergartenDownload 
NP-302 | Kindergarten Application RequirementsDownload 
NP-303 | Whole Grade AccelerationDownload 
NP 304 | Gifted and Talented ServicesDownload 
NP 305 Section SizeDownload 
NP 306 Re-Enrollment Long-Term LeaveDownload 
NP-306F | Long Term Leave Request FormDownload 
NP-307 | Counting All StudentsDownload 

Section 4 | School Administration

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NP-402 | Reporting Unethical or Illegal ActivityDownload 
NP-404 | Background ChecksDownload 
NP-404F | Background Checks FormDownload 
NP-405 | Anti-NepotismDownload 

Section 5 | Curriculum

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NP 500 Personal Electronic Devices-Safe and Acceptable Technology UseDownload 
NP-501 | Curriculum — Updated on 2021-07-28Download 
NP 502 Parental Curriculum Review — Updated on 2021-07-28Download 
NP-502 | Parental Curriculum Opt-Out Form — Updated on 2021-07-28Download 
NP-503-Tele-Related-ServicesDownload 

Section 6 | Student Life

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NP-601 | Gender InclusionDownload 

Section 7 | Finance & Budget

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NP 701 Establishment of BudgetDownload 
NP 702 Fund Balance RequirementsDownload 
NP-703 | FundraisingDownload 
NP-704 | Electronic Fund TransferDownload 
NP-706 | Acceptance of GiftsDownload 

Section 8 | Miscellaneous

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NP 801 Quarantining PolicyDownload 
NP 802 Face CoveringsDownload 

Section 9 | Mandatory Policies

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102 | Equal Educational OpportunityDownload 
110 | Data RetentionDownload 
214 | Out-Of-State TravelDownload 
401 | Equal EmploymentDownload 
402 Disability NondiscriminationDownload 
406 | Public and Private Personnel DataDownload 
406F | Consent to Release – Request from an IndividualDownload 
407 | Employee Right To Know – Hazardous SubstancesDownload 
410 Family and Medical LeaveDownload 
412 | Expense ReimbursementDownload 
413 Violence and HarassmentDownload 
414 Mandated ReportingDownload 
417 | Chemical Use and AbuseDownload 
418 | Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free SchoolDownload 
418F | Acknowledgment to Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free SchoolDownload 
419 | Tobacco-Free EnvironmentDownload 
427 | Workload LimitsDownload 
501 | School WeaponsDownload 
502 | Search of StudentDownload 
504 | Student AppearanceDownload 
505 | Speech and Distribution of MaterialsDownload 
506 Student DisciplineDownload 
506F | Reporting Form—Student DisciplineDownload 
514 Bullying ProhibitionDownload 
515 Protection and Privacy of Student RecordsDownload 
515F | Public Notice and Etc.Download 
515 Form.rtfDownload 
516 | Student MedicationDownload 
521 Student Disability NondiscriminationDownload 
522 Title IX PolicyDownload 
522F | Reporting Form—Student Sex NondiscriminationDownload 
524 Internet Acceptable UseDownload 
524F | Agreement form—Internet Acceptance Use and SafetyDownload 
526 Hazing ProhibitionDownload 
531 | Pledge of AllegianceDownload 
532 | Use of Peace OfficersDownload 
533 | Wellness PolicyDownload 
609 | ReligionDownload 
614 | School District TestingDownload 
707 | Health Insurance Transparency ActDownload 
709 | Student TransportationDownload 
709F | Student Transportation FormDownload 
801 | Equal Access to School FacilitiesDownload 
801F | Use of Facilities FormDownload 
806 Crisis ManagementDownload 
807 | Health and SafetyDownload 

Nova Classical Academy Strategic Plan 2017-2022

World’s Best Workforce Reports

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Nova Classical Academy 2020-2021 World’s Best Workforce GoalsDownload 
Nova Classical Academy 2019-2020 Annual Report & World’s Best WorkforceDownload 
Nova Classical Academy 2018-2019 Annual Report & World’s Best WorkforceDownload 
Nova Classical Academy 2016-2017 World’s Best Workforce ReportDownload 

Initial Board Training Opportunities
*All Board members must have training in governance, employment law, and finances during their first year of Board service. This training must be started within the first six months of service. The cost of these trainings is tax deductible or may be reimbursed by Nova. Once your training is completed, please provide a copy of the documentation to the Board Secretary.

General Information Resources

Nova Classical Academy Bylaws