Board of Directors

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.

Jason Belter jbelter@novaclassical.org

Director, Nova parent, and teacher has taught grade 8 science at Nova since 2007. He is also the parent of a Nova graduate and current Nova student. He previously taught at South High school in Minneapolis. Prior to entering into education, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the UW: Madison, and pursued graduate work in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Melissa DeJesus Hernandez mhernandez@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.

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.

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.

Theresa Nelson tnelson@novaclassical.org

Director, parent and chair-elect, Theresa is a Nova parent of 2 students. She’s been on the Nova Board since 2018 and is on the governance and sustainability committees. She comes from a large family which has taught her quite a bit about resource allocation, sharing and consideration of others as well as an appreciation for how different views and personalities can work together. She currently works as a master’s level licensed psychologist at UMMC-Riverside hospital. She also volunteers as the awards coordinator for Unit 9022, Pack 22 boy-scout troop and has discovered that this ends up being about more than coordinating awards.

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 cyber security 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.

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. The Board Working Session goes in advance of the Board Business Meeting.

Board Packets (2015-present) click HERE!

2020-21 School Year

  • 6/28/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 5/24/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 4/26/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 3/29/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 2/22/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 1/25/21 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 11/30/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 10/26/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 9/28/20 Board Minutes| Agenda
  • 8/24/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 7/27/20 Board Minutes| Agenda

2019-20 School Year

2018-19 School Year

2017-18 School Year

2016–17 School Year

2015–16  School Year

2014–15 School Year

2013–14 School Year

2012–13 School Year

2011–12 School Year

2010–11 School Year

2009–10 School Year

2008–09 School Year

2007–08 School Year

2006–07  School Year

2005–06 School Year

Board QA Responses

2004–05 School Year

Board QA Responses

Nova Board Elections

The 2020 election to fill seats on the Nova Classical Academy Board of Directors begins Monday, May 25, and concludes at 4 pm on Monday, June 8, 2020.  Seven board seats are up for election this year.  The Voter Packet contains information about voting and about each candidate running for election.  Information about each candidate will also be included in the online ballot.  Please watch for an email from Simply Voting with your personal link to vote.  If you don’t receive an email by Wednesday, May 27, or if you have questions about the election, please contact governance@novaclassical.org.

2020 Voter Packet

 Standing Committees

Ad-hoc Committees

  • Human Resources Committee (webpage)

Administrative Committees

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:

  • 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.

District Expenses and Revenues Form

MN Statutes – HITA

Group Health Insurance

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.

School Policies

Approved Policies for Nova Classical Academy Referenced Appendices

Section 1

Legal Authority for Policies, Establishment, & Implementation of Policies

NP-101Legal Authority of Board
NP-102Definitions

Section 2

Board of Directors, Recruitment, Meetings, Agenda, Committees, Training

NP-201Roles & Responsibilies of Board of Directors
NP-202Expectations and Obligations of Board Members
NP-203Board Meetings
NP-204Election of Board Members
NP-205Committees
NP-206Board Orientation, Training
NP-208Development, Adoption, and Implementation of Policies
NP-210Board of Director’s Member Conflict of Interest

Section 3

Applications, Admission, and Enrollment

NP-301
Application and Enrollment
Lottery Procedure
NP-302

Early Admission to Kindergarten 

Application Requirements
NP-303Whole Grade Acceleration
NP-304Gifted and Talented Services
NP-305Section Size
NP-306Long-Term Leave
NP-306FLong Term Leave Request Form

Section 4

School Administration

NP-401Executive Director/Administrator/Administration [reserved for future use]

NP-402

NP-404

Reporting Unethical or Illegal Activity
Background Checks
NP-404FBackground Checks Form
NP-405Anti-Nepotism

Section 5

Curriculum

NP-500Personal Electronic Device – Safe and Acceptable Technology Use
NP-501Curriculum
NP-502Parental Curriculum Review
NP-502FParent Curriculum Opt Out Form

Section 6

Student Life

NP-605Uniform Policy
NP-601Gender Inclusion

Section 7

Finance & Budget

NP-701Establishment of Budget
NP-702Reserve Balances and Fiscal Management Practices
NP-703Fundraising
NP-704Electronic Fund Transfer
NP-706Acceptance of Gifts
NP-714Fund Balance

Section 8

Miscellaneous

Section 9

Mandatory Policies

102Equal Educational Opportunity
110Data Retention
214Out-Of-State Travel
401Equal Employment
402Disability Nondiscrimination
406Public and Private Personnel Data
406FConsent to Release – Request from an Individual
407Employee Right To Know – Hazardous Substances
410Family and Medical Leave
412Expense Reimbursement
413Violence and Harassment
414Mandated Reporting
417Chemical Use and Abuse
418Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
418FAcknowledgment to Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
419Tobacco-Free Environment
427Workload Limits
501School Weapons
502Search of Student
504Student Appearance
505Speech and Distribution of Materials
505F505 Speech and Distribution form
506Student Discipline
506FReporting Form—Student Discipline
514Bullying Prohibition
515Protection and Privacy of Student Records
515FPublic Notice and Etc.
516Student Medication
521

Student Disability Nondiscrimination

521F Disability Discrimination Form
522Student Sex Nondiscrimination
522FReporting Form—Student Sex Nondiscrimination
524Internet Acceptable Use
524FAgreement form—Internet Acceptance Use and Safety
526Hazing Prohibition
531Pledge of Allegiance
532Use of Peace Officers
533Wellness Policy
609Religion
614School District Testing
707Health Insurance Transparency Act
709Student Transportation
709FStudent Transporation Form
801Equal Access to School Facilities
801FUse of Facilities Form
806Crisis Management
807Health and Safety

 Board Resources

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