Education

SF School District Recruits Adorable Kids To Tackle Attendance Issues In PSA Campaign

The Sioux Falls School District is getting creative to get kids to go to school. Using advertisements featuring children, the district has created a campaign called ‘Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day.’ Their goal is to increase student attendance by five percent by 20-20. Dressed as teachers, complete with either a blouse or a sweater vest and glasses, the Sioux…

Brookings Mother & Daughter Raise Money for Wells in Africa

BROOKINGS, S.D.- A Brookings mother and daughter are using their musical talents to help raise money to what will bring water to villages in South Sudan and Cameroon. The Duo says the inspiration came from an international foundation. “Music for me is such an amazing outlet,” says Tina Davis Playing the piano has become an outlet for Tina Davis and she’s…

Local Resident With Felon Status Speaks About Growing Need for Felon Housing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- By next summer, Glory House is hoping to start construction on a 72 unit housing facility in Sioux Falls. The non-profit says the building will fill a need in the community for felon-friendly housing and one local woman agrees as she continues to face difficulties finding housing with a felon status. “The children are the ones that are…

Drought Conditions Worsen Across the Area

The Latest Drought Report Shows Even Drier Conditions

Last week we took at the latest drought conditions across the state of South Dakota. Sadly, the news isn’t any better this time around. This week’s U.S. DroughtMonitor update, which was released earlier this morning, shows an increase in drought on all levels. Extreme drought, the second highest level of drought, has doubled from last week’s total. The table to…

South Dakota Technical Institute Considers Offering Housing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – For the first time, Western Dakota Technical Institute students could have the option of living on campus. The Rapid City Journal reports that officials have unveiled tentative plans to buy several modular homes to install on school property. The Rapid City school is the only one of the state’s four technical colleges that doesn’t have…

Law Enforcement Warn Against New Snapchat Update: Snap Map

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The social media app Snapchat is popular among teenagers and young adults, but law enforcement officials say the app’s latest update is raising some safety concerns. It allows users to see your location, even if you’re not using the app. “It’s definitely a safety concern,” says Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Detective Derek Kuchenreuther. Kuchenreuther works on the internet crimes…

ACLU Wants New Rules On Schools Use Of Seclusion Rooms

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and six other attorneys want state rules changed regarding public schools’ use of padded seclusion rooms and physical restraints. The ACLU and the attorneys last week filed a petition for rulemaking with the Iowa Education Department. The petition asks the department to change Iowa Administrative Code to ensure…

UPS Offers Tuition Assistance For Part-Time Employees In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 12 of the company’s locations in the state are now offering tuition assistance to part-time employees. The company’s ‘Earn and Learn’ program can offer more than $5,000 a year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000. The program requires an employee to attend an accredited college. Previously, tuition assistance was only available in select locations and for…

College Borrowers Promised Loan Forgiveness Are Left To Wait

BOSTON (AP) – Thousands of former students of failed for-profit colleges are still waiting for loan forgiveness they were promised by the Obama administration. Borrower advocates say the process to get loans canceled appears to have slowed since President Donald Trump took office. The Education Department disputes that. It provided data Monday to The Associated Press showing it has cleared…

Tea Approves $15M Bond To Build New Elementary School

TEA, S.D. – The Tea School District is relieved today after the community voted 70 percent in favor of a $15M bond last night. The bond will pay for a new 28-room elementary school on the south side of town. Superintendent Jennifer Lowery says the district is bottom heavy, meaning there are more elementary kids enrolling, and not enough classroom…

University Of Minnesota To Raise Tuition This Fall

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The University of Minnesota will raise tuition at its Twin Cities campus this fall. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the university’s board voted Tuesday to approve university President Eric Kaler’s recommended budget, which will raise tuition by 2 percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5 percent for nonresidents at the Twin Cities campus. Kaler…

Voters Approve Spending $15 Million To Build New School In Tea

Goal is to house more students without increasing class sizes

Voters in the Tea Area School District have approved paying more than $15 million for a new elementary school. 70% of voters were in favor of the measure Tuesday night.  The school district needed 60% to authorize the $15.4 million bond sale for the project.  Now, the project can go out to bid and the school district should know which…

Safety Tips For Paddlers From An Instructor: ‘Everyone will swim at one point or another’

We first told you about a water rescue at Wall Lake Tuesday. A camp counselor was kayaking, when authorities say the kayak took on water. The group she was with called 911 when they couldn’t see her. She was found in the water a short time later uninjured. Authorities say the life jacket she was wearing possibly prevented a tragedy…

School District Set To Raise Property Taxes In 2018

Levy scheduled to increase next summer

The Sioux Falls School Board has opted out of a property tax freeze and that could increase your bill next year. Monday night, the school board voted unanimously to set the district’s 2018-2019 property tax rate.  The rate is scheduled to decrease for the 2017-2018 budget to $8.14 per $1,000 in property valuation.  But, this vote will then return the…

Mickelson Wins SF School Board Seat

SIOUX FALLS – Cynthia Mickelson will serve as the newest member of the Sioux Falls school board. Mickelson won Tuesday’s election with 52.5% of the vote. The Sioux Falls businesswoman tallied 2,278 total votes. She will take office on July 10. Mickelson replaces Doug Morris, whose term expires at the end of the month. Randy Dobberpuhl finished with second with…

School Board Election Polls Open Until 7pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls voters have until 7 p.m. tonight to vote in this year’s school board elections. Polls opened at 7 a.m. at 10 voting locations around the city. Four candidates are vying for one open seat on the board and they are Randy Dobberpuhl, Cynthia Mickelson, Carol Robinson, and Dimitrios Gilarmis. We will have election results…

Sioux Falls School District Out For The Summer, But Meals Don’t Stop

The Sioux Falls School District serves around 15,000 meals to students every day throughout the school year. But what happens Monday when kids are out of class for the summer? For decades, the district has been providing summer meals to students when they may not otherwise have one. It’s the last day of school at Hayward Elementary in Sioux Falls….

Connecticut Teachers, Students Protest DeVos’ Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Teachers, students and parents have gathered outside a Connecticut high school to protest U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling the school a “dangerous day care.” Demonstrators outside East Hartford High School on Tuesday said DeVos was wrong about the school. Connecticut Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also spoke out…