Langdon Area School District Board meeting on July 18

The Langdon Area School District held their monthly meeting on the evening of July 18.


Posted on 7/23/16

By Melissa Anderson

The board heard updates on summer projects from LASD Superintendent Daren Christianson, high school principal Daryl Timian and elementary principal Todd Hetler. Many of the projects are completed or nearing completion.

Christianson also informed the board of the open positions that are currently available at the schools. Hetler informed the board of the grant that he wrote and was awarded a part time Title I teacher at the elementary school.

The board, along with the administration, discussed the school calendar and decided to revise the start and end date so that school for the 2016-2017 year did not start with a full week. Also included in the discussion was adjusting the several late starts down to just a few days where school will start at 11 a.m. The reasoning the administration put forward for that late of a start was that it would be easier for parents to find care for their children twice rather than several times over the course of the school year. The board also agreed to move back the graduation date to May 28. Parents of seniors will be notified by mail of the change.

Board member Dave Hart spoke on behalf of the Activities Committee and went over the exceptional athlete policy revision with the full board. The board approved the revision of the policy so that the decision to move up junior high athletes was left to the coach, athletic director and parents. This revision was made so that it no longer penalized sports that did not have number issues but did have exceptional athletes.

The board then went over their normal orders of business for the July meeting. Newly re-elected board members Nicole Koons, Cregg Stein, and Cindy Stremick took their oaths of office. Warren Jonasson was unanimously elected board president, and Stremick was elected Vice President. The board selected the date, time and place of board meetings as the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the school board room.

In Other Business

• The board designated the Cavalier County Republican as the official newspaper.

• Designated Choice Financial, Farmers and Merchants Bank and Horizon Financial as the school’s official depositories.

• Authorized LASD Business Manager Kensi Eisenzimmer to invest funds without prior approval for the school.

• The board designated Superintendent Daren Christianson as the school’s federal, state, and local representative.

• The board set the hot lunch and activity pass prices at their current prices.

• Selected and appointed members of the board to the subcommittees.

• The board accepted the resignation of Denny Dinius. The board approved Andy Haaven as the new head boys basketball coach.

• The board approved renewing their membership and policy service contract with the North Dakota School Board Association