PIERRE - Management of the South Dakota High School Activities Association came under fire again for financial practices Tuesday.
Members of the Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee spoke critically during a meeting with Dan Swartos, the association's executive director.
They don't like the board moving the association's foundation out of the Legislature's oversight.
Some lawmakers also complained they couldn't find financial data such as from tournaments.
Rep. Hugh Bartels, R-Watertown, said the association doesn't publicize on its website expenses and revenues that could previously be found. He is a past school board member.
"It is on our website," Swartos said.
Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, said she found tournament data on page 171 of the latest annual meeting bulletin.
"How would a common person find it?" Rep. Jean Hunhoff, R-Yankton, said. "This is not user friendly, unless you know where to look."
"They should be a lot easier to find," Bartels said. "I just think you need to be more transparent and make this available."
The foundation's market value was $395,710 as of Aug. 11, according to Isaac Jahn, the association's finance head.
The last time earnings were spent from foundation proceeds was July 2016, when 10 schools received AEDs - automated external defibrillators - for use during heart attacks.
They were Avon, Centerville, Clark, Deubrook Area, Kimball, Lemmon, Plankinton, Red Cloud, Sioux Valley and Waverly-South Shore. Twenty-nine schools applied.
Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, asked if there's a policy for use of the earnings. Swartos said a committee was created and was still working on it.
Wayne Carney, who retired two years ago from the executive director post, watched from the audience. The foundation started while Carney was executive director.
Swartos said the intent was to grow the foundation to $3 million to $4 million and have the earnings be available to offset the amount received from corporate sponsors.
The goal was to avoid having to bill member schools if the outside money ended, Swartos said.
"I'm a little concerned," Peters said about the lack of criteria for spending.
"I think they have an idea, but they're really trying to get their feet under them as well," Swartos replied. He said the current position is to keep reinvesting the earnings.
Swartos said he's discussed with the foundation board a budget plan and other details.
Peters asked for Swartos to bring goals back to the committee when they're set.
"I'm looking for more details than just what you have in your mission statement," Peters said.
Led by then-Sen. Cory Brown, R-Gettysburg, the Legislature tightened control over the association in 2014. The association filed paperwork Aug. 10, 2017, to create the foundation, as Swartos succeeded Carney that summer.