The Ludington Area School District Board of education met last night. The meeting began with the oath of office for new members, Josh Snyder and Stephanie Reed. Steve Carlson was appointed as Board President. The meeting continued with discussion of the Ludington Area School District experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers. The board discovered that LASD was not competitive with other districts and approved an increase rate of $85 per day to appeal to substitute teachers. Funds from the food service equipment funds were approved to purchase a new food service oven from Stafford Smith. Contractors to update the pool were also approved; Welch tile will replace broken tile in the pool area with Elite Floor Covering providing acrylic decking. Superintendent Andrea Large provided a monitoring system update, requiring schools to be 100% on target in all areas. LASD was identified as compliant in all areas except holding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for children with special needs within a calendar year. Ms. Large reported that out of 267, 7 were outside the year meaning LASD was 97% on target. The district will hold 11 month IEPS moving forward to accommodate possible unplanned time conflicts.
Superintendent Andrea Large spoke highly of the school and board as she provided a notice of retirement for June 2017. The board approved contracting with Michigan Leadership Institute to assist with the employee search. The district will also be seeking community input as the board seeks their new Superintendent