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Meet the candidates for the Langdon Area School District Board

The following are candidates for the Langdon Area School District Board (LASD). Nicole Koons, Cregg Stein and Cindy Stremick are all seeking re-election.

Posted on 6/4/16

By Melissa Anderson

LeeAnn Charon

LeeAnne Charon– Charon and husband, Tom, have three children Amanda, Colton, and Meghan.  Charon was born and raised in Devils Lake, attending grade school and college there. Charon currently works as an agent at Nodak Mutual Insurance.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Langdon Area School Board?

“Another way to give back.  I was going to run before, but it just did not fit into the family until now. I have kids in school so that in itself is reason enough. I’ve been looking for something a little more involved and have been on a couple boards in past years.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“To make the school and the board the best it can be. Putting the school, the teachers and the kids first by making it a positive for everyone involved. Just doing what is the best for all involved and being able to walk away in the end being proud of what I had a hand in.”

Nicole Koons

Nicole Koons– Koons grew up in Osnabrock, graduating from high school at Milton-Osnabrock. Koons then attended the University of North Dakota where she  graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Koons  and husband, Ryan, have three young children, with another one on the way. Currently, Koons works at Choice Financial as a Credit Analyst. Koons was appointed to the LAS Board in January of 2016.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Langdon Area School Board?

“After being a part of the LAS Board for the past few months, I decided to run for the open city seat as I have always had a passion for the students, teachers and school system.”

“My primary goal is to see the students succeed as nothing is more satisfying. Schools play such a huge role in making the community an attractive place to live and work, which was one of the reasons my family moved to Langdon.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“In my next term, I want to assure that our school has the leadership and resources to ensure that all children have the best opportunity to reach their goals.  In addition, I would like us to continue to work as a team by keeping the school top of mind, while supporting the LAS District and community.”

steve schefter

Steve Schefter– Schefter is a life long resident and farmer of the Langdon area, having only left to attend North Dakota State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Schefter and wife, Michelle, have five children, with youngest Dawson set to be a senior at LAHS next year.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Langdon Area School Board?

“The decision to run for the school board has been ongoing for several years. I decided last November it was time for a change in our local board as there are too many appointed board members. When an elected board is allowed to pick its own members they tend to choose people with the same mind set as their own, rather than people with differing opinions, which makes for a healthier board. “

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if elected?

“During my term in office I would like to see the school system get a balanced budget, as we cannot continue to deficit spend. I would also like to see more transparency in the school system as it is everyone’s money funding our school, more input is needed as to how it is spent.

“Also the upcoming years are important as the federal government is changing from the No Child Left Behind Act to the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which returns more power to the states and hence more authority to local school boards.

“At the special meeting of the Langdon Area School Board on May 23, 2016 the boards main message to the public was that healing of the school district’s current turmoil needed to begin. Perhaps part of the healing process should be new board members with a fresh outlook on school operations. Please vote on Tuesday, June 14th.”

Cregg Stein

Cregg Stein– Stein is a lifelong citizen of Cavalier County and has been farming for 45 years. He along with wife, Lori, have two children, Erika and Mercedes.

Why did you decide to run for re-election to the Langdon Area School Board?

“I am a strong believer of supporting our local community and being on the school board is one way for me to give back. Our school is a vital part of our community and I take this responsibility seriously. I recognize that we must provide a quality education for our students and at the same time be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers.”

“Decisions must be thought through and the future considered. We currently have a wonderful facility and an excellent teaching staff and I am proud to have been a part of this.  My past experience and insight to this board are some of the reasons why I have decided to run again.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if re-elected?

“Rest assured it is my priority to see that we make LAS a place of pride for our community. Education of our youth is a commitment that is needed. I feel that with my experience I can help fulfill the board’s duties and responsibilities. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving on the LAS school board and would appreciate your vote. Please take time to vote!”

Cindy Stremick

Cindy Stremick– Stremick along with husband, Brad, have lived in the Milton/Osnabrock area most of their life. Stremick has three children and, along with their spouses, has six wonderful grandchildren with two more due in July. Currently, Stremick is the Cavalier County Treasurer and manages the Cavalier County Motor Vehicle in that office.

Why did you decide to run for re-election to the Langdon Area School Board?

“I decided to run for re-election because of my love and passion for students along with a desire for their success and the satisfaction of helping our students get the best education they can.”

“Even though I have been involved on the school board for a number of years, I am constantly learning how our education system runs, the newest technology and how it all works together. I try to attend as many educational and learning seminars as possible to learn about the state education laws and any changes to state school funding.”

What do you hope to accomplish during your term if re-elected?

“I hope to accomplish this term having a strong and unified relationship with our staff, administration and board.  Communication and honesty to me is so important in having a strong Langdon Area School District.”