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 at 6pm 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.


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 11th, 2021 (9am-board retreat)-CANCELED
  • Dec 16th (Special Board Meeting) @4:15pm
  • Jan 31st, 2022
  • Feb 28th, 2022
  • March 11th, 2022 (Special Board Meeting) @ 6:15pm
  • March 28th, 2022
  • April 12th, 2022 (Special Board Meeting) @ 5:30pm
  • 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_2020-2021Download
Annual-Report_NCA_2019-2020Download
Annual Report_NCA_2018-2019Download
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 2022 election to fill one teacher seat and two parent seats on Nova’s Board of Directors will soon begin.  The nominations period will run from March 1 until 4:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022.  The voting window will go from Monday, April 25 through 4:00 pm on Monday, May 9, 2022.  Questions about the election or recommendations for potential candidates should be directed to the Governance Committee at governance@novaclassical.org.

Please vote!

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Voter Packet 2022Download
Election Rules 2022Download
Call for Nominations Letter 2022Download
2022 Board Election FlierDownload

(The 2022 Voters Guide will be available after the end of the nominations period.)

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 | Role and ResponsibilitiesDownload
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 AdmissionDownload
NP-302 | Early 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
NP 803 Employee VaccinationDownload

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