The Lakota Education Association would like to congratulate the following recipients of the LEA Scholarship of $1000 each:  

                           Katie Carpenter

                           John Carter Carstens

                           Anna Florence

                           Katelyn Sills

Congratulations on your hard work and determination.  We wish you the best!

Vaccines were administered Wednesday at West High School.  Approximately 1700 were given.  It was a big undertaking and many of you had a wait of between 1 and 2 hours.  My main concern was the lack of social distancing in the back hallway.  Please do not wait for someone to tell you to spread out.  Hopefully, when we get the second shot we will have a smoother time but if not, remember to allow at least 3-6 feet between you and the other person.  You will not have to wait any longer if we just spread out and be safe!  Thanks to everyone for properly wearing your masks !  Thank goodness we all were able to get this!

Let's stay on the right path...Wear Masks, Social Distance, Limit your exposure, Keep Safe!

LEA Elections


Candidacy forms are available under LEA Forms/Resources  for NEA Rep Assembly July 3-6, 2021.  It has not yet been determined if the Rep Assembly will be virtual or take place in Denver, Colorado.  If you are interested, you must complete the application and submit to Damian Dagenbach by email or US Mail so that it arrives to him by February 9, 2021.


Candidacy forms are available under LEA Forms/Resources for the LEA Office positions of First VP or Treasurer.  If you are interested, you must complete the application and submit to Damian Dagenbach by email or US Mail so that it arrives to him by February 9, 2021.

It was approved through the LEA Executive Committee this past fall that if above positions are not contested, the winners will be determined through acclamation and therefore no vote is needed.  If a vote is needed, the LEA leadership will advise you by February 19, 2021, of the alternate plans of voting since the Spring General Meeting scheduled for March 9, 2021, will be held virtually due to COVID. 

Negotiations Update

Our specialized committees are working hard to gather information.  If you want to make sure you get updates on the process, you must be on the LEA Constant Contact email list.  If you are not and want to be, contact Kevin Carlin with your personal email information.  You can contact Kevin at (  


LEA Second Semester Calendar Events

February 9      Building Rep Meeting - Zoom

February 23    LPDC Meeting

March 4          Voting NEA Delegates - In building if necessary based on candidacy forms submitted

March 9          Spring General Meeting (Format to be determined)

March 23         LPDC Meeting

April 13            Electronic Building Rep Meeting

April 20            LPDC Meeting

April 23            LEA Banquet (Hopefully)

May 4               LPDC Meeting

May 11              Building Rep Meeting, LPDC Meeting

June 15             Personal Leave Conversion Form Due by 4:00 pm.  See Appendix O for details.


Important Second Semester Contractual Dates

There may be other deadlines in the contract that would be important to you, please check the area in the contract regarding your situation.  Do not rely on this information as conclusive of every date in the contract. 

Contract Article 2.10 Deadline:  In the event a deadline occurs on a weekend or when the district office is closed, the preceding workday will be the deadline at 4:30 PM.

February                         Postings have started, there are several VLO postings listed.  The regular classroom                                              postings have not started yet, but keep watching.

March                              Negotiations officially begins March 1, although LEA has already started the process                                            with committee work.

June 15                               Personal Leave - Article 14.02(D)

                                            If you are interested in converting your unused personal leave to an additional                                                      personal day for the 2021 school year, you must complete Appendix O in our                                                          contract by June 15th.  Instructions are on the form.

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