Education

School Zone: Pipestone

PIPESTONE, M.N. – For this week’s edition of ‘School Zone’ we take you across the border to Pipestone, Minnesota. Students at Pipestone High are benefiting from numerous programs geared towards improving mental health in the classrooms, as well as outside of them. One room in the school, dubbed the ‘wellness room’ offers students a safe place and also equips them…

New High School and Middle School Planned in Sioux Falls by 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls is continuing to grow meaning more space will be needed to accommodate everyone. Right now there are 34 schools in Sioux Falls.  In order to plan for this growth the Sioux Falls School District says it has to build new schools. Sioux Falls schools are at or going over capacity. “We’ve grown by quite a little…

Special education costs rise for Minnesota schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The rising cost of special education in Minnesota is contributing to a dispute over emergency funding for schools during the last full week of the legislative session. Minnesota Public Radio reports that districts spent $2.2 billion on special education last year, up 26 percent in a decade. More than 141,000 students receive services for things…

Harrisburg SRO Surprised with School Resource Officer of the Year Award

HARRISBURG, S.D. This week is National Police Week, a week set aside each year to recognize the service and sacrifice of law enforcement. However a school resource officer in Harrisburg is getting a little extra recognition. School Resource Officer Travis Johns was told there would be an assembly in the Harrisburg High School gym Tuesday afternoon. He showed up only…

Voting Underway to Increase Property Tax to Support West Central School District

HARTFORD, S.D. – Polls opened today for an opt-out that would raise taxes to support the West Central school district schools. Superintendent Brad Berens says the school district has been operating at a deficit, and there are a number of staff positions and programs on the chopping block, like gymnastics and theater. Unless a four year, $400,000 a year opt-out,…

Dayton says he won’t pass tax bill without school funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t sign a bill squaring the state’s tax code to sweeping federal changes if Republican lawmakers don’t include emergency funding money for schools. Dayton’s comments Monday set the stage for tricky negotiations with GOP legislative leaders as they careen toward deadlines. Passing a so-called tax conformity bill to avoid…

Say Goodbye to “Classrooms” – Harrisburg To Expand Personalized Learning

HARRISBURG, S.D. – It’s a challenge parents and teachers sometimes face. Imagine your child is in the fourth grade. However, they may read at a third grade level but do fifth grade-level math. What do you do when a one-size-fits-all classroom doesn’t work for your child? An elementary school in Harrisburg thinks they’ve crafted a solution that’s remixing learning. KDLT’s…

School Zone: Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D. – For this week’s edition of ‘School Zone,’ we head west to Mitchell. Students at Gertie Belle Rodgers Elementary School are learning through ‘personalized learning classrooms.’ P-L-C’s focus on student’s learning at their own pace, not through traditional measures. Things like a traditional classroom, K-5 grade levels, and ‘A’ through ‘F’ grading scales are thrown out. Students are…

Students Remember Retired Brandon Valley Teacher Killed in Triple Murder-Suicide

BRANDON, S.D. – The Brandon, South Dakota community is remembering 70-year-old Dan Murphy. Police in Maryland say he was the victim of a triple murder-suicide on Monday. Murphy was an employee in the Brandon Valley School District from 1969 to 2004. This news comes on Teacher Appreciation Week. KDLT’s Allison Royal takes us to Brandon where students are remembering one…

SD Board of Regents Announces Sheila Gestring as President of USD

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has named Sheila Gestring, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the University of South Dakota as the University’s 18th president. She succeeds James Abbott, who is retiring after 21 years at USD. Abbott is also  the second longest-serving president in the university’s history. Gestring has been with USD…

Dayton pushes for $138M for schools’ budget shortfalls

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for $138 million in emergency funding for Minnesota schools as districts across the state grapple with budget shortfalls. Dayton unveiled his request to lawmakers Tuesday as the Legislature heads toward a mandatory May 22 adjournment. The Democratic governor’s proposal would increase the state’s per-pupil funding formula by 2 percent. More…

Chicken Keeping 101

'Fruit Of The Coop's' Stephanie Peterson to offer chicken keeping classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Chickens aren’t just on the farm anymore. Friends and neighbors are sharing eggs across backyard fences in towns throughout the Sioux Empire through the popular trend of ‘chicken keeping.’ KDLT’s Simon Floss went to Stephanie Peterson’s farm in Brandon to learn more about chicken keeping, the resurgence of buying local produce, and where to take chicken…

Advancements in Technology Helping Students at Central Lyon High School

ROCK RAPIDS, I.A. – Through different programs and advancement in technology, students at Central Lyon High School are learning in unique ways. The Anatomage table is a virtual dissection tool which allows students to see rendering of actual people, and view donated CT and MRI scans. Students are able to view and study a variety of medical anomalies, including stints…

School Zone: Central Lyon

Hands-on programs and technological advancements teaching students in unique ways

ROCK RAPIDS, IA – Welcome to ‘School Zone.’ A new segment at KDLT News Today where we travel around to area schools and highlight cutting edge programs they have for their students. We kicked things off by heading east to Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids. Through hands-on programs and advancements in technology, Central Lyon students are learning in…