The Langdon Area School District (LASD) board held their monthly meeting on Monday, June 19 to discuss business and also canvas the results of the recent school board election held on Tuesday, June 13.
By Melissa Anderson
The board discussed the North Dakota Department of Commerce Early Childhood Education Grant. The grant has to be administered by LASD Superintendent Daren Christianson and two board members which would provide funding to the Langdon Day Care and St. Alphonsus Catholic School for free and reduced meals. There would be no financial benefit to LASD, and the grant would give $2,000 for those children that qualify for free meals and $1,000 for those that qualify for reduced cost meals.
The board approved the application and set up the committee of Christianson along with LASD board members Tiffany Hetletved and Nicole Koons.
The next item discussed was two offers for independent insurance coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Sanford Health Plan instead of the current health coverage provided Sanford through NDPERS. The offers are a result of the school district employees being healthy and only using about 70 percent of the pay in for the coverage.
The board discussed the two plans that were offered by the companies, ultimately choosing to go with the independent Sanford plan that would save the school roughly $90,000 next year. That plan also offered a single plus dependent option for the employees.
The decision to go with the Sanford plan forced the board to re-enter negotiations as there is no agreed percentage of coverage for the new option.
The board also received a memorandum of understanding in regards to the issuing of teacher contracts. There were some concerns with how the contracts were handled this past spring following the negotiations, and the Langdon Area educators association requested that a written protocol be put in place for future negotiations and handling of contracts. This issue was tabled until the health insurance negotiations are concluded.
The board canvassed the election results. There were 451 total voters. Dawn Kruk came out with 299 votes compared to Warren Jonasson’s 113 for the rural-at-large seat. Dave Hart received 231 votes to Terian Chaput’s 183 for the city seat. The publishing of minutes in the newspaper received overwhelming support with 413 votes in favor and only 37 votes against. The board approved the results of the election.
In Other Business
• A letter of resignation was accepted from Jill Dalzell.
• Rob Scheer was approved as the new girls’ head basketball coach.
• Three teacher contracts were approved, one high school position and two elementary.
• The ancillary staff received a 3 percent raise, and the contracts were approved.