HOWARD — Two days after his contract ended last week, Howard Elementary School's former principal appealed the district's decision not to renew it.

Christopher Noid filed an administrative appeal against the Howard School District, the district's board of education, and board President Julie Schwader on July 2.

According to the appeal, the board decided on April 8 not to renew Noid's contract for the 2019-20 school year. Through June 30, Noid was the elementary's principal since moving to Howard in 2003. In April 2018, he accepted South Dakota's National Distinguished Elementary Principal award, and Howard Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014.

Schwader declined Wednesday to comment on the appeal and why Noid's contract was not renewed. Noid's attorney, Scott Swier, also declined comment. Noid was paid $74,570 for the 2018-19 school year.

At a special school board meeting on May 15, board members voted to hire Marie Lohsandt, formerly the dean of students, as both elementary principal, replacing Noid, and superintendent, replacing Todd Lee.

T.A. Aslesen will serve as the secondary school principal, a position also previously held by Lee. Lee submitted a letter of resignation in April after four years in both administrative positions.

According to school board minutes, over the course of seven meetings held since April 22, the Howard Board of Education has spent more than 15 hours in executive session discussing personnel and negotiation matters.