1 Dave Bonde of the Fort Pierre Economic Development Board proposed purchasing housing for Stanley County teachers via the “Governor’s House” Program. The program would allow the school district to purchase two-or-three bedroom homes and lease them to teachers. School board president Shannon Schweitzer said the houses could be ready by the start of the next school year, if the board moves quickly.
2 Four Stanley County High School students were awarded the “Build Dakota” Scholarship, which provides extensive financial aid to students entering technical institutes. The four students are Logan Chase, Emma Cowan, Jayden Face and Braya Klemann.
3 “The pension fund is on its way out,” School District Business Manager Kim Fischer said. As of the end of 2020, any money in the fund not paid out to individuals will be funneled into the school district’s general fund. Fischer said that this was purely a bureaucratic development that would not affect current or future teachers’ retirement funds. “The school district participates in the South Dakota Retirement System, so that’s what [the teachers] will have,” she said.
4 Debate erupted during the meeting over proposed changes to school district policies. Specifically, one change would make it so that the school would not be allowed to give elementary students non-prescription medication without a signed doctor’s note, nor would the students be allowed to have non-prescription medication on their person. Some board members saw this as too restrictive, especially since the language of the proposed change seemed to suggest the same policy could be applied to middle and high school students as well. No policy decisions were made at the meeting, as it was only a “first reading” of the proposed changes.