At their recent board meeting held on Monday, March 16, the Langdon Area School District (LASD) board met to conduct regular business as well as discuss potential future plans to handle an extended release should the state or federal government mandate it.
LASD Superintendent Daren Christianson updated the board on direction received from the state. There were three items that Christianson presented to the board in regards to the preparations for handling the coronavirus.
Should the release continue, the school will need to deviate from the regular school attendance policy concerning the final test policy that requires a certain number of attendances. The board agreed and removed the attendance portion of the final test policy to make the situation easier when the time comes.
Christianson then addressed the non-contracted staffs being paid while school is not in session. Christianson suggested the school treat all non-contracted staff contracted to ensure those employees are taken care of. The board agreed with the stipulation that should the school year be extended for any reason that those days will not be compensated for a second time.
As a result of the NDHSAA suspending the 2020 NDHSAA winter post-season basketball state tournaments, all remaining fine arts and spring sports practices and game contests, spring coaches will also be treated as contracted employees and receive payment.
Christianson and the board then moved on to discuss what the district will do in the event that the state directs schools to remain closed. Online education was heavily considered as well as the ramifications and necessary actions that would be needed to provide equal access to all students of LASD.
In addition to the suspension of sports and discussion of educating the students, the board also discussed the potential of holding prom and graduation. The decision was made that should the school be in session, those events will happen but will follow the guidelines of the health department. If school is not in session, then these events will not be held.
In Other Business
• The school accepted the resignation of Alex Quintane, who had taught social studies at LASD for the past three years.
• The board approved the district’s membership in the Technical Learning Cooperative.
• The interview committee was discussed and board members Cindy Stremick, Tiffany Heltvted and Dawn Kruk were appointed.
• The board approved the Quit Claim Deed for a property in East Alma Township that was formerly a school property. The district has no legal hold on the property and approved.
• One reduction in force hearing was held prior to the regular school board meeting. The board approved the reduction in force decision for Krista Cahill. The teacher contracts were tabled until the completion of the other reduction in force hearing to be held on March 23 and the special meeting held following that to approve the contracts for teachers that will be invited to return.
SPECIAL UPDATES FROM CAVALIER COUNTY SCHOOLS:
The LASD board and administration held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 18.Christianson created plans for a partial and full closure scenario and how the staff will continue to educate the youth of LASD. (Please turn to page 14 for full disclosure from LASD).
St. Alphonsus Catholic School informed parents of the following on Wednesday evening: Teachers and principals have started plans for engaging our students in learning via different formats. They will continue in that task throughout the week. We plan to have some initial test runs of those systems, so please follow that closely in order for your student(s) to keep current. At this time we are preparing for a long term closure and teaching through eLearning. We will start our learning from home on Monday March 23, 2020.
Munich Public School beginning on Monday, will pick up homework packets and staff will all be in on Monday, March 23 to answer questions and that afternoon, more plans created for distance learning. (See Page 14)