LA Principal, AD Resigns
The Langford Area Board of Education accepted the resignation of Brett Gibbs as athletic director and K-12 principal at its regular meeting on Monday.
Dave Carson’s resignation as assistant football coach was also accepted.
In other action the board appointed its negotiation team for 2021-22 teacher contracts. Members of the team are Mike Frey, Jennifer Wegleitner, and Bill Jensen. It also accepted the twoyear audit report from Eide Bailley and thanked the Langford Community Foundation for its $3,400 donation to the Wellness Center. The center is now completely furnished with exercise equipment.
Gibbs updated the board on plans for postseason girls basketball tournaments. The bottom four seeds will meet in play-in games in Webster on Feb. 18, the top four seeds will each host second round contests on Feb. 19, and the two games to decide SoDak 16 qualifiers will be played in the Aberdeen Civic Arena on Feb. 25.
The board was informed that the annual Science Fair is planned for Thursday, Feb. 18 with public viewing of the exhibits from 2:15-3:30 p.m. in the school gym. That evening a local small group music contest will be held since the normal regional event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Board members discussed makeup days due to weather but delayed any decision until the March meeting. To date the school has missed one student day and one in-service day
Ṫhe proposed 2021-22 school calendar was also discussed. If no changes are made school would start next fall on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Consideration was given to refinancing the school’s bond for its new addition due to low interest rates. However, no significant savings would be obtained at this time and nothing will likely be done until the bond is due in January of 2025.
Superintendent Monte Nipp said that COVID-19 vaccinations in staff will likely not happen until March. He also noted that in an upcoming COVID stimulus bill there is expected to be additional money for schools. Nipp also gave the board an update on the state legislative session.
The board discussed the recent parent-teacher conferences that were a blend of phone, online, email, FaceTime, and in-person contacts. Nipp said that in the future the school may continue to offer parents an alternative to in-person conferences with teachers.
Next meeting of the board is set for Monday, March 8.