Langdon School Board holds special meeeting

The Langdon Area School  District (LASD) Board held a school taxation meeting before starting the regular board meeting on Monday, September 11.

Posted on 9/14/17

By Lisa Nowatzki

During the special meeting School Superintendent Daren Christianson explained and compared the 2016-2017 budget to the new 2017-2018 school year budget. Christianson highlighted the differences in last year’s expenditures and revenues compared to the costs and income projected for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Superintendent covered all the regular budget items such as salaries, Social Security, retirement, benefits, and fees. He also included income such as grants, title money, and Langdon School District Foundation support monies. The total budget for the LASD is projected to be around $5. 4 million for more than 400 students in the district.

Superintendent Christianson expressed his gratitude to the LASD Foundation for giving $10,000 dollars of the $20,000 dollars for the cost of new student laptops. After presenting the itemized new budget, Christianson called for questions and then adjourned the special meeting.

The regular school board meeting was called to order. Discussion of old business was started. A vote to approve the 2017-2018 budget was announced for and approved. After old business was done, the call for new business began.

The first item up for discussion was who would handle the federal background checks of prospective LASD employees. Penalties associated with violation of personal information are steep. Christianson suggested that he and the business manager be the only ones to handle, view, and dispose of all the information in federal background check, in order to tightly control access to the information and to limit the chances of violating any federal laws regarding personal information and background checks. The board agreed and passed the motion.

In the next item, the board voted to accept the home-school letters of intent. Following this approval, Christianson encouraged all board members and teachers present to go to the state school board convention in Bismarck on October 26-27.

Then came the discussion of the approval of the list of public records to be destroyed. All items on the list were approved for destruction.

The annual compliance report was discussed and approved as was a FMLA leave request. One new teacher’s aide was approved and budgeted for.

At the elementary school, with the addition of several more fifth graders this school year, the number of students has risen to 28. The board discussed at length to split the class or use the “wait and see what happens approach”. Since no other class has 28 students, the board voted to take on the extra expense and split the fifth grade class.

The meeting was adjourned.