PIERRE — The 34 South Dakota school districts facing financial sanctions because they missed one or both of the standards for teacher-compensation increases will get to make appeals, state government's School Finance Accountability Board decided Thursday. The potential penalty for 2018 is losing one-half of the increase in local need. The potential penalty for the following three years — 2019 through 2021 — is a reduction of $500 per teacher in the district. Board members meet Nov. 16-17 to consider waiver requests.
The South Dakota Supreme Court heard an appeal Monday for Menard, Inc. regarding $2,295,971.97 awarded by a Davison County jury for injuries suffered by Ronald Jensen more than five years ago at the company’s store in Mitchell. Attorney Hillary Williamson of Sioux Falls represented Menard, Inc. She asked the justices to remand — that is, send back — the case to Circuit Judge Patrick Smith.
PIERRE — A trustee for the State Historical Society has what sounds like a simple request. Who made the Sioux horse effigy? John Fowler of Elk Point wants to know. The wooden horse, in full stretch, is three feet long. It is the society's signature symbol. At the Sept. 15 trustees meeting, Fowler said South Dakota's effigy is "the best of the best." He told Jay Smith to try again to identify the sculptor. Smith, the museum's director, said he doesn't know whether anyone can be certain about who was the artist.
PIERRE – South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is considering a second request from the presidential advisory commission on election integrity for South Dakota voter registration data, an aide to Krebs said Friday. The July 26 request differs from the previous one because it promises voter information won’t be released to the public, according to spokesman Jason Williams. “The commission also stated in the second letter that they were no longer requesting personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, driver
PIERRE — It’s hard to know what the state government’s Board of Regents covered in so many executive sessions during past decades. What could be seen, however, was regents routinely spend as many hours behind closed doors as in public session. The regents have enormous duties. They are the governor’s appointees who spend their spare time managing nine university campuses in eight cities.
PIERRE — A grain company based in Rapid City wants to buy a slice of land that state government owns at Presho. Dakota Mill and Grain President Brian Hammerbeck outlined the company's plan Wednesday to state government's Railroad Board. The company wants to build a siding for grain loading. The board voted 5-0 to proceed to an appraisal to determine land value. Board member Jerry Cope, of Rapid City, grain-marketing manager for the company, recused himself from the discussion.
PIERRE — State government filed a civil lawsuit this week seeking more than $4 million from the Mid-Central Education Cooperative in Platte and its 14 public school districts. The dispute involves Mid-Central’s past management of GEAR UP program, a federal program. It is intended to help students from lower-income households complete their high school degrees and succeed next in higher education.
PIERRE — The Legislature's deadlock over raising child support rates might have broken Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee gave its endorsement to the latest version that caps the increases at 4 percent. They would be the first increases since 2008. "I still believe these rates are inadequate but they are the best we can do at this time," Rep. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said. The committee vote was 11-1. Next step is the House of Representatives.
PIERRE — The state House of Representatives gets the first crack this week at the governor's proposal to raise the sales tax by one-half cent to pay for larger salaries for teachers and to provide property tax relief. House Speaker Dean Wink, R-Howes, on Friday afternoon assigned the tax-increase legislation to the House Committee on Appropriations. The committee's chairman, Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, immediately scheduled the bill hearing for Monday afternoon (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m.
PIERRE – A key piece of what eventually could be a new Spearfish Canyon state park moved into place Thursday. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted unanimously Thursday to accept 73 more acres including Spearfish Falls in the scenic northern Black Hills.