Education

Mount Marty to Build New Residence Hall

YANKTON, S.D. – Living spaces for college students in Yankton are expanding. Mount Marty College unveiled plans to build a 96-bed residence hall on its Yankton campus. The $4.5 million project is slated to open in August 2020. The building will be three stories and 20,000 square feet and will be built near the Mount Marty Field House. The school…

Dell Rapids Elementary Recognized Nationally with Blue Ribbon Award

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – Dell Rapids Elementary School is now a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School, joining a small list of other education programs in the country. The Blue Ribbon School program was started in 1982 to recognize top-notch schools in the nation. 23 other schools in South Dakota have won the award since it was created. Former Governor Dennis…

Couple Give $10 Million to University of Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – A former student and his wife are donating $10 million to the University of Northern Iowa. University President Mark Nook said Thursday the gift from David and Karen Takes will support a variety of programs and projects. For example, some money will go to an endowment that supports business students interested in gaining international experiences….

Lutheran High School to “Dissolve”, Unify with Sioux Falls Lutheran

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Parents of students at Lutheran High School in Sioux Falls have been notified that the school will be “dissolved” next year. The Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls Association and Sioux Falls Lutheran Association have announced plans to unify into one Sioux Falls campus. The unification could happen as early as the 2020 school year. Parents…

DSU, USD, BBB Collaborate for Inaugural Clear Cyber Leaders Conference

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some of South Dakota’s leading minds in cybersecurity, cyber law, and consumer protection were in Sioux Falls today. The inaugural Clear Cyber Leaders conference brought together folks from Dakota State, the University of South Dakota, and the Better Business Bureau. The group discussed the growing role that the internet has in local, regional and global industries. They…

Poll: Many Say High School Diploma Enough to Succeed

A new poll finds that most young Americans believe in the value of a college degree, but many also say a high school diploma is enough to succeed. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll comes amid a national debate over college costs and rising student debt. The survey finds a majority of Americans ages 13 through 29…

Worthington Considers $34M Expansion of Crowded Schools

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) – Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington are voting on whether to approve nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants. Voters in the Worthington-area school district have rejected five similar measures since 2013. Some residents say racism played a role in those…

Universities Say They’re Complying with Campus Speech Law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota university leaders tell state lawmakers they’re working to implement a new law aimed at ensuring free speech and intellectual diversity on campus. A legislative committee summoned regents and university presidents to a meeting Wednesday to detail their efforts to comply with the law. Its passage last spring came after controversy over a “Hawaiian…

Sioux Falls School Districts Does 1st Mock Evacuation Drill in 5 years

SIOUX FALLS, SD—For the first time in 5 years, the Sioux Falls school district tested their evacuation and reunification protocol. The district simulated an active shooter situation as volunteer students from Eugene elementary school were evacuated and taken to an off-site location. “Today is really a drill to help all entities in the school district but beyond that all entities in…

National University to Become Sanford National University

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford speaks at P.S. 282 to celebrate over 200,000 students served by the Sanford Harmony program in the New York metro area in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sanford said Tuesday, June 5, 2018, he is donating $100 million to the National University System, a nonprofit that focuses on…

Camp For Aspiring Young Tech Gurus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – It seems Sioux Falls has a ton of science loving kids, and Hack Sioux Falls gave them opportunities. “I think maybe be an astronomer,” says participant Trey Swanstrom. “I might want to be an inventor,” says participant Ryker Swanstrom. The Sioux Empire is home to many future techies and scientists, and they got to test out…

STI Construction Camp Inspires High Schoolers Considering Construction Career

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Sioux Falls has one of the fastest growing construction job markets in the country, but there’s a downside. Contractors can’t find enough skilled workers. If you’re a contractor in Sioux Falls, business is probably booming. “The Sioux Falls metro area is the 7th fastest growing construction job market in the country,” says national spokesman of Associated…

Juvenile in Custody After Gayville-Volin School Shooting Threat, Lockdown

YANKTON CO, S.D. –  The Gayville-Volin School District went on lockdown early Wednesday morning. The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office say they received a threat at 8 a.m. about a possible school shooting. They say a juvenile is in custody and the school is no longer in lockdown. You can find the full story here: https://www.kdlt.com/2019/10/02/gayville-volin-school-lockdown-leaves-student-parent-scared-and-confused/ Categories: Education, Local News, News,…

Fall Enrollment Down at 5 of 6 Public State Universities

PIERRE, S.D. – Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down 3 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. The number of full-time equivalent students for the Fall 2019 term—based on total credit hours generated by all students within the regents’ system—was down by 789.1 students to a total of 25,303.8. Total…

USD President Puts Priority on Dakota’s Promise Scholarships

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring says establishing a “Dakota’s Promise” scholarship for qualifying university students will once again be a priority for the school. In her annual State of the University address on Thursday, Gestring said the proposed program is necessary to ensure that USD remains accessible to hard-working and academically qualified students who…

Local School Moves Towards Modern Classroom Layout

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  More schools are moving away from the traditional classroom look and taking on a more modern layout. In the high school classrooms at Sioux Falls Christian Schools, they’ve created what they call a “21st Century Learning Area.” In each class, students can choose from different types of seating. There’s hi-top coffee shop seating and rolly chairs.  “There…

West Central Hosts ‘Mock Funeral,’ Warns Students of Distracted Driving

HARTFORD, S.D. – Students at West Central High School saw first-hand the damage distracted driving can cause. A fatal crash scene was set up in the parking lot of the school. Six students were involved in the simulated crash. Students then filed into the gym, where the school held a ‘mock funeral.’ Even though the crash was staged, it still…

Governor Noem Launches Week of Work Program for Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem visited Sioux Falls on Monday to launch the South Dakota Week of Work program. It’s an event that allows 10th-grade students to explore different career opportunities within their community through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. The week of work will also give employers opportunities to connect with their future workforce….

Brandon Valley School Bond Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Residents in the Brandon Valley School District were encouraged today to vote on a $17 million bond. The new Sparta Elementary School would be located at East 41st Street and South Sparta Avenue on the east side of Sioux Falls. The school would accommodate the population growth in the district. Taxpayers would start paying the $17…