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HCPA Board Update 11/24/21

To Our Hmong College Prep Academy Community,

We hope this message finds you well!  At HCPA, we have just completed our annual World Culture Day.  Though our performances were once again virtual this year, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our school and community and to recognize the amazing talents of our staff and students.  We encourage you all to view the wonderful video presentation linked and posted on our school website, www.hcpak12.org.

Since our last email update, we, the Board of Directors, have been busy working and responding to Bethel’s annual review.  We have hired a financial consultant, The Anton Group (TAG), to strengthen our financial work within the school and have worked to appoint Finance and Governance Committees to support the Board.

After the acceptance of Dr. Hang’s resignation, the Board and a Board-appointed Transition Team worked to develop an interim leadership structure to maintain and continue to build the excellent programs and academics HCPA.  As a part of this interim leadership structure, an interim Chief Academic Officer position was created. The Chief Academic Officer’s role is to lead and maintain the academic programs within HCPA, collaborating and communicating with the Board, staff, students, and families.  The Chief Academic Officer’s role is also to complete non-financial duties previously done by the superintendent.

With this, we are very pleased to announce Ms. Danijela Duvnjak (Ms. D) as Interim Chief Academic Officer.  Ms. D has been an employee at HCPA for over 18 years, beginning her work with the district before the first school opened.  Throughout her tenure at HCPA, Ms. D has been an English teacher, English department chair, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), after-school coordinator, summer school coordinator, Title I coordinator, data and assessment coordinator, Assistant Director of Operations, K-12 Director of Teaching and Learning, and most recently the 6-12 Director of Teaching and Learning.  

Like many of our families, Ms. D was a refugee.  She has experienced the challenges of traveling to a new country in search of opportunities.  Like many in the HCPA community, English is also her second language.  Mrs. D has been with HCPA since the school’s creation and has a deep knowledge of academics, operations, and the mission/vision of the school.  She is lauded by her peers and employees.  We are confident she will make an excellent Interim Chief Academic Officer. 

With Ms. D as our Interim Chief Academic Officer, one of our next steps is to hire a Chief Financial Officer to oversee the budget and finances of the school.   The process for this is already underway.

We, the HCPA Board of Directors, will continue to send families and staff updates on the year and the progress we are making in addressing Bethel’s review.  We thank you for your continued support send our best wishes for a safe and joyful holiday weekend.  If you have questions or concerns please reach out to us directly at Governingboard@hcpak12.org.

Sincerely,

Christy YongVang, HCPA Board Chair
Maisian Schiung, HCPA Vice Chair
Fue Vue, HCPA Board Treasurer
Crystal Robideau, HCPA Board Member
Mee Yang, HCPA Board Secretary