Jim Langston believes in listening, fairness and serving others, which is why he sought a position on the school board. Jim was first appointed to the board in January of 2017 to fill the vacant Director of District 4 position until the next regularly scheduled election. In November 2017 Jim ran unopposed and was elected to the position of Director of District 4 for a four-year term.
The oldest of five siblings, Jim graduated high school early and worked his way through Montana State University, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Motion Picture & Television Production. He worked as an ABC affiliate and then spent 11 years working for BNSF Railroad. Wanting to spend more time with family, he retired and started some businesses with his brothers. They have commercial property investments and the family owns childcare learning centers with 10 locations in the Puget Sound area with over 300 employees.
Jim and his wife Pennie have lived in the Maltby area for 20 years. They have 3 adult daughters and an adult son. Jim, Pennie and their children have been active volunteers in the community, sponsoring and volunteering at the food bank, coaching and umpiring youth softball and baseball teams and volunteering at summer camps. In addition, Jim was a founding director of the Monroe Public School Foundation and continues to be a MPSF member and sponsor. Instilling community service, compassion and hardworking values in their kids is very important to Jim and Pennie.
Over the last 10 years as Cub Master and Scout Master, Jim has taught hundreds of hours of Boy Scout and adult leader training courses. He has received many adult scouting awards, including the highest award in the council, the Silver Beaver. Jim prides himself on always having lots of fun, working with all kinds of people and making a difference along the way.
People describe Jim as a hardworking, funny, kind, trustworthy, down-to-earth guy. His Boy Scout troop would say he is generous, respectful, tough but fair, clean but not afraid to get dirty, goofy yet serious and patriotic.