On Monday, October 8, the Langdon Area School Board held their regularly scheduled meeting. For the superintendent’s report, Daren Christianson reported that Schneider submitted the State Financial Report on September 27 and filed a copy with the county auditor.
By Lisa Nowatzki
Business manager Shauna Schneider said that the county auditor had not identified any problems yet. The school auditor, Emil Schoenfish, is expected to be done and give a final report to the school board at the November meeting.
Schneider and Christianson also notified the board that they had opened a money market account at Choice Financial for the Flexible Spending Accounts to make it easier to reconcile at the end of each month.
Christianson said that he had received two applications for the assistant business manager position. He also discussed the bid to insulate pipes under the school. Only one contractor would look at the job and gave a general estimate of $20,000. Christianson was able to get another contractor to look over the job, who agreed that $20,000 seemed like a fair bid.
In her report, secondary principal Stephanie Hochhalter reported that Travis Jordan, Superintendent of Beulah Public Schools, spoke to grades 4-12 about self-empowerment and by changing the impossible to possible. On October 17 at 1 p.m., Taylor Berhow, former Mandan student sentenced to eight years in state prison for drunk driving and killing three of his friends, will speak to students in grades 7-12.
Elementary school principal Todd Hetler noted that on October 22-26, students will participate in Red Ribbon Week. During that week, elementary students will attend an assembly and participate in activities that encourage a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Hetler also said that the School-Wide Policy team finalized and presented the office referral/discipline policy to all teachers. The plan was approved during the September staff meeting and has been implemented.
Two board members, Schneider, and the newest board member, Warren Jonasson, will attend the North Dakota School Board Association Convention in Bismarck on October 25-26.
In other business, the transportation committee had met and approved the bus routes and new bus drivers for this school year. The building committee was scheduled to meet after the regular school board meeting.