Langdon Area School Board holds monthly meeting

The Langdon Area School (LAS) Board held their monthly meeting on Monday, December 14. 


Posted on 12/19/15

By Melissa Anderson

The school board received what the taxable land valuations would be set at for the 2016 year and found that the estimate was short of what came in. The taxable and valuation was estimated to be at the $30 million mark but instead came in at over $32 million. This means that the 12 percent increase in did not have any effect and the school mill levy remains at 57 mills, below the state required 60 mills.

The school is now at risk for decreased funding from the state. The school will again be asking for a 12 percent increase in mill levies next year.

The board moved on to discuss the annexation of Steve Ames. The board reviewed the letter sent by the state regarding the taxable valuation per student. It was noted in the letter received by the school that Ames did not annex his property in its entirety.

The board discussed names for the vacant seat on the board.  Troy Ellingson, Andrea Jacobson, and Nicole Koons were the three individuals who contacted board members expressing interest in the seat and a desire to run again in the next election for a full term. Nicole Koons received the popular vote and was awarded the seat.

LAS Superintendent Mark Mindt informed the board that the school had received the finalized NDS calendar and that the school administration had started putting the calendar together for the school. The calendar will be created with teacher’s input, and Mindt hopes to have a rough draft to present to the board at the meeting in January.

The board approved the contract for the cheerleading coach for the basketball teams. Stephanie Fetsch had already begun practice for the squad of six. The cheerleaders would only be at home games for the time being and would travel when the teams go to districts and beyond.

A presentation on the Marzano High Reliability School program was given by Instructional Coach Missy Hiltner and Langdon Elementary School Principal Todd Hetler. The presentation discussed the progress made over the past five months the program has been in place and the five levels that the school must master.

In Other Business

• The board approved a tuition waiver agreement for a student to attend school in the Williston school district.

• The school has hired Deanne Krom as an assistant for Business Manager Terian Chaput.

• The school board held a special meeting on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 17. The special meeting was to review an inspection done by a contractor and the building committee for the elementary school building.

• During the Administrator reports, Langdon Area High School Principal Daryl Timian gave a report on the recent drug screen that the school had done. A K-9 unit was brought in, and the school went into a controlled lock down. No drugs or paraphernalia were found during the inspection of the school and parking lot.