The Langdon Area School District (LASD) board held a short meeting on Monday, September 16. The board held a special meeting for the public prior to the regular meeting regarding the budget for the 2019-2020 school year.
By Melissa Anderson
The board heard administrator reports from LASD superintendent Daren Christianson regarding the district being in compliance with the state. Christianson stated that the schools were in compliance with the exception of the lack of a full-time school counselor. In the compliance report that will be sent to the state, Christianson will outline the efforts made to hire one prior to the start of school and what is being done to meet the needs of the students until one is hired. The board approved the compliance report.
Langdon Area High School (LAHS) principal Stephanie Hochhalter informed the board that she and Ethen Askvig, athletic director for LASD, are continuing their education to add to their credentials. Askvig will be working on his principal’s practicum for his master’s which will have him designing staff development, working on technology integration, using the Marzano tool for staff evaluation and assisting with AdvancEd. Hochhalter is pursuing her superintendent’s practicum and will be working on creating a district communication plan, a district emergency plan, learning about the budgeting process, and helping lead the upcoming AdvancEd review.
Langdon Area Elementary School (LAES) principal Todd Hetler updated the board on the progress made with the Wonders Reading Curriculum as it enters its third year of being used at LAES. Hetler explained that the teachers are encouraged to be creative but also to use the curriculum as much as possible. The board approved Hetler to be the authorized representative for the school for the consolidated application for federal Title I funding. Hetler explained the application to the board and how the funds are utilized. The board also approved the consolidated application.
In Other Business
• The board reviewed the 2019-2020 budget. No changes had been made since the last meeting, and the board approved the budget.
• The board acknowledged a home school letter of intent and a non-tuition agreement.
• The board discussed the upcoming state school board convention and who would be attending. Board members present were undecided.
• The board approved a staff contract.
• The board rescinded old policies and approved new ones.