Committee Meeting Dates & Location

Committee Meeting Location
MTCS District Office
2872 26th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Committee Meeting Schedule
All Committee meetings are are held from 4 pm to 5 pm on dates listed.

Committee Meetings & Agendas


  • Kelsey Bennett
  • Alison Kirscht
  • Natalie Hunter
  • Terry Brown
  • Alinasir Samatar
  • Mohamed Mire

Meeting Dates and Minutes:


  • Shawn Fondow
  • Jacilyn Doyle
  • Marisa Rivera Lugo
  • Rebecca Selander
  • Ellen Mathson
  • Tyler Frankhouse


Meeting March 2, 2022 4-5pm

  1. Discussion of general finance 101, how much money we have, the budget process for making decisions and the implications of that. Generally getting everyone familiar with finances at MTCS.
  2. Discussion of salary adjustments for MNVS that the school and Finance have been working on.
  3. Conversation with reps from schools about their thoughts and needs about compensation at their individual sites.

April 6, 2022 4-5pm (The second of three compensation meetings.)

  1. Discussed proposed salary adjustments. Conversation about the investment in the team and staff retention.

May 4, 2022 (The third of three compensation meetings.)

Open forum conversation to discuss ideas to push forward next year’s committee and ideas anyone has.


  • Jenny Buck
  • Jennifer Gisler
  • Jill Larson
  • KiloMarie Granda
  • Sharmarke Elmi
  • Adolph Mottey

Meeting Dates and Minutes:

March 2, 2022: Discussed ways to uniquely highlight each program present:

MTS Elementary

  • Highlight small class sizes, unique supports
  • Show teachers in action and highlight activities

MTS Secondary

  • Feature the beautiful new building in the community and all the opportunities
  • Show teachers and students learning on laptops
  • Highlight music and arts and extracurriculars


  • Differentiate online school from distance learning, flexible schedules, chromebooks
  • Increase Facebook ads and Instagram


  • Highlight restorative practices and safety and security
  • Confirm all district safety plans


  • Continue to explore Remind and look into Calendly

April 19, 2022

  1. Plan. Visits and photographs for all schools to show what’s happening in the programs.
  2. Talked about communications and interesting ways to reach current students and families.
  3. What kinds of marketing materials are needed for the summer events and next year?

MTCS Equity Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 30 · 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Banaadir Academy
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 484-845-3211‬ PIN: ‪383 598 435‬#

Coya Nightpipe
Kati Comfort
Wendy Lorenz-Walraven
Andrea Miller
Allison Raney
Ismail Adam
Alyssa Paulson

Meetings Dates & Minutes:

Equity and Diversity: 3/2/22 4-5pm
Where our schools are strong and where they need support
Opportunities to highlight students and their communities
Supporting schools’ efforts to share stories and communicate meaningful narrative, students, communities, and schools.

Equity and Diversity: 4/6/22 4-5pm
Engage students to think about systems of oppression
Integrate social-emotional learning into classes
Increase students sharing/learning the history of their cultural groups

Equity and Diversity: 6/16/22 4-5pm
Prioritizing life skills and other skills in classroom
Career exploration opportunities
Restorative-justice practices discussion

Equity and Diversity: 9/28/22 4-5pm
Questions and Conversations
Adding to this team – who? How?
Targeted – informed invitations
Partnering with building leadership teams
Specific conversations about “what is coming” as far as info gathering
What Can You Do This Fall to Advance Racial Equity


  • Bill Glenz
  • Kevin McKenzie
  • Andrea Miller
  • Ian Decker
  • Peter Westby
  • Renee Smetana
  • Tim Pourciau
  • Larry Herbison
  • Joe Hutchins
  • Shawn Fondow


Committee Meetings

Minnesota Transitions Charter School is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization whose core purpose is to empower each student and ensure that all students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to experience success in their future. The MTCS Board of Directors is composed of community members and licensed teachers who meet monthly.