Board of Directors


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Jason Belter

Director, Nova parent, and teacher has taught grade 8 science at Nova since the 2007–2008 school year. He is also the parent of a Nova graduate and seventh grader. 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

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.

Joan Kuzma Costello

Joan Kuzma Costello is a community member of the Nova Board. She has had a long and varied career in higher education, ranging from serving as a professor of English at Minot State in North Dakota and at the University of Maryland in Germany to working as an administrator at Inver Hills Community College here in Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, her M.A. from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Saint Catherine University. Joan’s focus during her career has been the success of all students and continuous quality improvement in her own classroom and in the institutions for which she has served. Joan is now retired, working as a consultant for institutions going through the (re)accreditation process and relaxing reading, quilting, and traveling with her husband. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Highland Park. They have three grown children.

Josh Garvin

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

Director and parent, Claudia Gumbiner Hungs is the parent of two Nova students, a seventh grader and a fifth grader. 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.

Becky Lund

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

Paul is the parent of a ninth-grade 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 Business Management and an MBA Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Theresa Nelson

Jeff Timmerman

Director and chair-elect, Jeff is a parent of a Nova first- and third-grader and previously served on an ad hoc human resources committee at Nova during the 2015-2016 school year. He is a civil attorney with the Dakota County Attorney’s Office and has advised clients on human resources and employment issues for more than a decade. Jeff received a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. He is honored and excited to serve the Nova community.

Jennie Winter

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

  • Curriculum Committee (webpage)
  • 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:

  • 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:

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 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-101 Legal Authority of Board
NP-102 Definitions

Section 2

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

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

Section 3

Applications, Admission, and Enrollment


Application and Enrollment

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

NP-302 Early Admission to Kindergarten
NP-303 Whole Grade Acceleration
NP-304 Gifted and Talented Services
NP-305 Section Size
NP-306 Long-Term Leave
NP-306F Long Term Leave Request Form

Section 4

School Administration

NP-401 Executive Director/Administrator/Administration [reserved for future use]
NP-404 Background Checks
NP-404F Background Checks Form
NP-405 Anti-Nepotism

Section 5


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

Section 6

Student Life

NP-605 Uniform Policy
NP-601 Gender Inclusion

Section 7

Finance & Budget

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

Section 8


Section 9

Mandatory Policies

102 Equal Educational Opportunity
110 Data Inventory, Retention, and Destruction
214 Out-of-State Travel by Board Members
401 Equal Employment
402 Disability Nondiscrimination
406 Public and Private Personnel Data
406F Consent to Release – Request from an Individual
407 Employee Right To Know – Hazardous Substances
410 Family and Medical Leave
412 Expense Reimbursement
413 Violence and Harassment
414 Mandated Reporting
417 Chemical Use and Abuse
418 Family and Medical Leave Policy
418F Acknowledgement to Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
419 Tobacco-Free Environment
427 Workload Limits
501 School Weapons Policy
502 Search of Student
504 Student Appearance
505 Speech and Distribution of Materials
505F 505 Speech and Distribution form
506 Student Discipline
506F Reporting Form—Student Discipline
514 Bullying Prohibition
515 Protection and Privacy of Student Records
515F Public Notice and Etc.
516 Student Medication
521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination
522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination
522F Reporting Form—Student Sex Nondiscrimination
524 Internet Acceptable Use
524F Agreement form—Internet Acceptance Use and Safety
526 Hazing Prohibition
531 Pledge of Allegiance
532 Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Student with IEPs from School Grounds
533 Wellness Policy
609  Religion
614 School District Testing Plan and Procedure
707 Health Insurance Transparency Act
709 Student Transportation
709F Student Transporation Form
801 Equal Access to School Facilities
801F Use of Facilities Form
806 Crisis Management
807 Health 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