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 bachelors degree in biochemistry at the UW: Madison, and pursued graduate work in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Aditya Bharadwaj abharadwaj@novaclassical.org

Director and board chair, Aditya (Adi) is a community member who is proud to serve on Nova’s board.  Aditya is an attorney who focuses his practice on advising corporate clients.  He received his J.D., from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his B.A. in Economics, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Aditya enjoys devoting his time to helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve success.  Most recently, he did so by coaching the University of Minnesota Mock Trial Team.  Aditya and his wife, Colleen, live in southwest Minneapolis.

Josh Garvin jgarvin@novaclassical.org

Mr. Josh Garvin and his wife Ashley live in South Minneapolis and have three adopted dogs. Mr. Garvin has been a Latin instructor at Nova since 2008, teaching 6th through 12th grades, Latin I through Latin VIII Honors, and has served as Chair of the Language Department for multiple terms. Currently, he also teaches college-credit courses through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College in the Schools (CIS) program and is a faculty advisor to several student clubs.

Mr. Garvin has a B.A. in Classical Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Literature, and an M.F.A. (ABD) in Translation from the University of Arkansas. With over twenty years of teaching experience, he has a diverse teaching portfolio—from Outward Bound teacher to University lecturer.

In addition to his service at Nova, Josh serves in leadership as a Fleet Captain for the Wayzata Yacht Club.  He is also a League Director for a racquetball league in South Minneapolis. He is honored to teach at Nova and serve the Nova community as a board member.

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 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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.

Paul Mason pmason@novaclassical.org

Paul is the parent of an upper school Nova student.  He has served on Nova’s Governance committee, chaired an ad hoc Human Resources committee and is currently serving on the Finance & Budget and Executive Director Review committees.  Prior to Nova, Paul served/chaired a site council at a previous public school. Paul brings over twenty years of human resources management experience to the board and is currently a Senior Human Resources Director with the Valspar Corporation.  Paul holds a BS in Business Management and an MBA Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

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.

Michele Pipitone mpipitone@novaclassical.org

A community member who has recently been introduced to Nova Academy by other Board Members, and a few students. Michele is the VP of Human Resources for two sister companies, Satellite Industries, Inc. and Satellite Shelters, Inc. She received her MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Her daughter, her husband and her extended family keep her busy attending many youth sporting events and dance productions. Michele’s mission is to make a difference for at least one person every day; and she is excited to be on the Nova Academy Board, expanding her mission to make a difference.

Frank Ross fross@novaclassical.org

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.

 Standing Committees

Ad-hoc Committees

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

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 go in advance of the Board Business Meeting.

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

2019-20 School Year

  • 6/29/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 5/18/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 4/27/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 3/30/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 2/24/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 1/27/20 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 12/7/19 December Training | Agenda
  • 11/18/19 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 10/28/19 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 9/30/19 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 8/19/19 Board Minutes | Agenda
  • 7/29/19 Board Minutes| Agenda

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

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

2018-19 Lottery-Procedures | 2019-20 Lottery-Procedures

NP-302Early Admission to Kindergarten
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-404Background 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 Inventory, Retention, and Destruction
214Out-of-State Travel by Board Members
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
418Family and Medical Leave Policy
418FAcknowledgement to Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
419Tobacco-Free Environment
427Workload Limits
501School Weapons Policy
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
521Student Disability Nondiscrimination
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 and Crisis Teams to Remove Student with IEPs from School Grounds
533Wellness Policy
609 Religion
614School District Testing Plan and Procedure
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