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.

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

About the Board

Patricia King – Board Member

Patricia King serves as the vice board chair and has served since January 2021.

Ms. King has over twenty-five years of experience working at the school, district, charter, and state level in Minnesota. Starting as a classroom teacher and district leadership positions in Moorhead, then moving on to various leadership roles with the Minnesota Department of Education, St. Paul Public Schools, and St. Cloud Area Schools. She has a proven track record of
working with leadership and leadership teams to focus on education needs, school improvement, equity, collaborative problem solving, and ensuring all voices are heard. Having worked for St. Cloud Area Schools for over 5 years she is very familiar with the needs of the community. Currently, she owns and operates an education consulting business supporting schools, Districts, and Charter schools in Minnesota. in the area. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor with St. Cloud State University.

Kerin Helmke – Secretary

Kerin Helmke serves as the Secretary and Parent Representative of the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud governing board. Her term began May 2021.

Ms. Helmke has an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and Paramedicine.  She is a full time paramedic and has worked in the local community for 10 years.  Her child has been attending Athlos for 3 years.  She decided to search for an alternate school from District 742 to try and provide her child with the best educational experience as possible.  When deciding on which school to select, she decided on Athlos due to their mission statement.  The three pillars of Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character help prepare our students for success beyond the school years.

Aaron Schwenzfeier – Board Member

Aaron Schwenzfeier serves as the Community Representative of the Athlos Academy of St. Cloud governing board. Schwenzfeier has served on the board since July 2018.

Schwenzfeier has served as the director of Heathy Body/athletic director at Athlos Academy of St. Cloud since the schools opening in 2016. Prior to working at Athlos, Schwenzfeier served as the associate director of strength and conditioning coach at the University of North Dakota, where he still instructs kinesiology.

He has numerous publications and has given many notable presentations and speeches. Schwenzfeier earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Dakota.

photo of Catherine Georgewill

Catherine Georgewill – Board Member, Teacher Representative

Catherine Georgewill is currently a first-grade teacher at Athlos Academy.  She holds a Master of Science (M.S) Educational Administration and Leadership from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

A Bachelor of Science in Education (B. ED) Economics, University of Nigeria

Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria  and a Nigeria Certificate in Education (N.C.E) in Computer Science/Economics, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.  She has volunteered at numerous organizations such as the spring Leadership Institute Conference at SCSU, the Women’s Center, SCSU, NSA cultural nights and has assisted in coordinating the annual MLK Jr. Breakfast.  Ms.

Georgewill’s teaching experience includes working for Stream Lead, Berkeley Magnet Science School, Lagos, Nigeria and working as a middle school teacher, a high school teacher and the Vice Dean of Discipline teacher at Julliard Academy, Lagos, Nigeria.  In college she was the student President for four years and was the Vice President for Student Affairs for two years.

Quicklinks

Board Members

Patricia King, Chair
pking@athlosstcloud.org

  • Community Representative
  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Governance Committee Member
  • Term began January 2021

Kerin Helmke, Secretary
khelmke@athlosstcloud.org

  • Parent Representative
  • Pillars Committee Member
  • Term began May 2021

Aaron Schwenzfeier, Board Member
aschwenzfeier@athlosstcloud.org

  • Community Representative
  • Term began September 2021

Catherine Georgewill, Board Member

cgeorgewill@athlosstcloud.org

  • Teacher Representative
  • Term began February 2022

Athlos stakeholders will promote the school to increase the diversity of staff to reflect the student population because we believe it is important for students to see themselves represented within their school environment.

This will be measured by:

  • An increase in staff diversity from 10% to 15% by September 2021
  • Developing a social media campaign to reach diverse candidates for employment to start by March 2020, and to continue through October 2021

Athlos student population will have an average daily membership (ADM) of 650 by the end of the 20/21 school year, because we believe a growing student population is reflective of a healthy school environment.

This will be measured by:

  • 90% of K-7 students returning for the 21/22 school year
  • The June MARS report ADM calculation reflecting the goal of 650
  • A 25% increase of applicants by the February 2021 lottery date
  • Development of an enrollment campaign to start by February 2021, and to continue through October 2021.

The Athlos team will have staff that expresses their satisfaction through high morale and continued employment because we believe having a staff that feels valued has a direct impact on school culture and student achievement.

This will be measured by:

  • 90% of staff returning for the 21/22 school year
  • Daily attendance data
  • Panorama survey (comparison of fall survey compared to spring survey, showing an increase)
  • Specific survey question related to why staff returns year to year
  • The development of a staff appreciation plan with input from the Pillars Committee
Committees

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

Finance Committee Members:

  • Patricia King (chair)
  • Kerin Helmke

Governance Committee Members:

  • Patricia King

Personnel Committee Members:

  • Andrew Grimsley
  • Pat King

*Non-director appointees to the committees

2022 Financial Reports
2021 Financial Reports
2020 Financial Reports
2017–2019 Financial Reports
Budget
Salary Schedule

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

2020-2021 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.
2020-2021 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.
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