Governing Board

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud is governed by a dedicated board comprised of parents and community members. The board is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing policy; instituting sound employee relations; conducting open meetings; recognizing and conforming to the legal mandates imposed by state and federal laws; and governing within the limits of the delegation of state authority as a non-profit and public school board.

Additionally, the board has an obligation to assess its successes and challenges, inform the public of all deliberations and decisions, promote accountability, avoid abuse of power, enhance public understanding of its mission, conform to standards of ethical behavior, provide a framework for setting goals, and develop strategic plans for the accomplishment of those goals.

Voting Opens on March 3, 2020

Voting extended until April 20, 2020 (5:00 pm/CT)

The Athlos Academy of St. Cloud governing board currently has three open seats. Prior to voting for the open positions on the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Board of Directors, please read about the candidates below.

Each staff member and parent/guardian of an attending student is eligible to vote in the election.

  • Parents, provide your student’s ID number (found in PowerSchool) or by contacting the front office at (320) 281-4430.
  • Staff, provide your ID number.

Please cast your vote for up to three candidates.  The election has been extended due to COVID 19 and will be open through midnight on Monday, April 20, 2020. New board members will now be announced at the April 27, 2020 board meeting.

Rebecca Kilbourne

Why are you interested in joining the Governing Board of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud?

I am interested in joining the Governing Board of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud, because as a parent, community member and an advocate for education, I believe it is important that a school board is made up of different members with various backgrounds.

What about the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Mission and Vision most appeals to you?

The mission of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud is to provide high quality educational opportunities for the whole child built on the three foundational pillars of Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character.

I believe the pillar that resonates with me the most is the Prepared Mind. Promoting curiosity, collaborating as a team and creating a positive environment.

Please describe relevant experience and/or employment.

2004-2007 Business Professionals of America, Parliamentary Procedure Team.

  • Understand the structure of a governing meetings are structured
    Current
  • Lead meetings
  • Provide recommendations based off of information and data
  • Review and edit contacts for cost saving initiatives

Please describe areas of expertise/contributions you feel that you can make to Athlos Academy of St. Cloud.

  • Provide a fresh set of eyes on projects or initiatives
  • Business background

Please describe other past or current volunteer commitments.

  • 2010-2011 Volunteered at the St. Cloud Hospital. Cardiac Rehab assistant.

Hassan Shuriye

Why are you interested in joining the Governing Board of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud?

  1. To support the school in achieving the mission and vision.
  2. To improve performance especially in ELL scores.
  3.  To enroll more students at the school.
  4. To have good and positive interaction with all the community.

What about the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Mission and Vision most appeals to you?

  • Providing a high quality educational opportunity
  • Producing students who are well-prepared to take up challenges and who have developed critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Please describe relevant experience and/or employment.

I have good and enough experience in education. I was a school principal for 5 years in Kenya. And I was also a teacher fo 15 years in Kenya. Currectly I work with district 742 in many schools.

Please describe areas of expertise/contributions you feel that you can make to Athlos Academy of St. Cloud.

It’s my expectation that our school to be safe for the students, staff, and the community. Our school to be a child friendly school that performs well and becomes the best.

Please describe other past or current volunteer commitments.

I volunterally help the community by creating positive interaction and cultural orientation. I can help Athlos for 2–3 volunteer hours on Fridays.

Mohamed Yussuf

Why are you interested in joining the Governing Board of Athlos Academy of St. Cloud?

I would like to have my voice heard in representing the diverse community of Athlos Academy. If I get the opportunity to be a member of the board, I will have the chanve to contribute my ideas and expertise which is what I feel is very important as a parent of Athlos Academy.

What about the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Mission and Vision most appeals to you?

In summary of what appeals to me of the mission and vision, – Athlos Academy has put in place what every child needs to be ready for life in the real world and what makes every child to be the right adult and the right professional our community needs tomorrow.

Please describe relevant experience and/or employment.

I am currently the vice president of a non profit organization that works with school going children in providing them with after-school programs. Besides that, I had been a teacher for 9 years back in Africa.

Please describe areas of expertise/contributions you feel that you can make to Athlos Academy of St. Cloud.

  • Bilingual who can help LEP families in understanding their needs and get their contributions where and when necessary.
  • A team player

Please describe other past or current volunteer commitments.

I was elected as a refugee leader (volunteer position) back in Dadaab camps in Kenya where I used to fascilitate the operations of the Humanitarian NGOs which included distribution of food and non food items to new arrivals and old refugees as need arises. I was a member of a school PTA during my teaching.

Board Calendar

Board meetings are conducted in accordance with open meeting law. The governing board normally holds board meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Check the board calendar for exact dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held at:

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud
3701 33rd St. South
St. Cloud, MN, 56301

Quicklinks

Board Members

Noor Yussuf, Chair
nyussuf@athlosstcloud.org

  • Community Representative
  • Finance Committee Member
  • Term began April 2019

Andrew Grimsley, Vice Chair
agrimsley@athlosstcloud.org

  • Community Representative
  • Governance Committee Member
  • Term began April 2019

Aaron Schwenzfeier, Secretary
aschwenzfeier@athlosstcloud.org

  • Teacher Representative
  • Governance Committee Member
  • Term began July 2018

Rebecca Hull, Treasurer
rhull@athlosstcloud.org

  • Teacher Representative
  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Term began November 2018

Hassan Shuriye, Board Member
hshuriye@athlosstcloud.org

  • Parent Representative
  • Term began February 2020
Committees

Under the direction of the board, a Finance Committee and Governance Committee have been formed. Learn more about the purpose and goals of these committees:

Finance Committee Members:

  • Rebecca Hull (committee chair)
  • Noor Yussuf
  • Amy Dierkes*
  • Jon-Scott Johnson*

Governance Committee Members:

  • Andrew Grimsley
  • Shelbi Pool*
  • Aaron Schwenzfeier

*Non-director, non-voting appointees to the committees

Authorizer

Charter School Authorizing Program 
Volunteers of America – Minnesota
924 – 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-270-1998
www.voamn.org

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

2019-2020 Agendas
  1. Go to BoardOnTrack for all agendas
  2. After clicking on the link, go to “Meetings”
  3. Choose the desired meeting from the dashboard
  4. On the right-hand side click on the “Agenda” button.
2019-2020 Minutes
  1. Go to BoardOnTrack for all minutes
  2. After clicking on the link, go to “Meetings”
  3. Choose the desired meeting from the dashboard
  4. On the right-hand side click on the “Minutes” button.

Contact Information

To reach the Board of Directors, Finance Committee or Governance Committee:

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud
3701 33rd St. South
St. Cloud, MN, 56301
(320) 281-4430
info@athlosstcloud.org

Apply for Board Membership

To apply, fill out the School Board Interest Form and submit along with your resume to info@athlosstcloud.org no later than January 20, 2020.