Education

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…

DSU Receives $10 Million Donation for Athletic Complex Upgrades

MADISON, S.D. – A big announcement from Dakota State University. The school is receiving a $10 million gift to help with athletic complex improvements. The donation comes from Premier Bankcard CEO Miles Beacom and his wife, Lisa. It’s the largest gift ever to the DSU athletic program. Proposed improvements include a new two-story concourse, new turf for the football field,…

Lincoln High School Marching Band Setting the Tone

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The high school football season kicked off last week across South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, the first games on the schedule are Friday. The players have been hard at work, but they’re not the only ones. Roughly 225 students are involved in the Lincoln High School marching band. They’ve been planning this year’s show called “The…

Public High School Planned on Pine Ridge Reservation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Oglala Lakota County school officials plan to partner on building the first local public high school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Noem said Thursday that building a career and technical education high school in Oglala Lakota County “will bolster the area’s workforce” and “empower students with real-life skills and…

SDSU & Univ. of Minnesota Create Partnership to Address Veterinarian Shortage

SDSU and The University of Minnesota created the "Rural Veterinary Medical Education program"

BRANDON, S.D. – Across the United States, areas are seeing a shortage of veterinarians, but one South Dakota university is creating a program to turn this around. “I love being a veterinarian, the most important part for me is I get to help animals, and I also get to help people too,” said Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Horizon Pet Care veterinarian….

Sioux Falls School District Looking for Substitute Teachers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District is looking for people interested in becoming substitute teachers. Right now, the district is short 250 subs. The positions need to be filled by late fall. It is preferred that substitute teachers have a 4-year degree or an associate’s degree with positive work experience. All substitute teachers are provided with paid…

Sioux Falls Dealership Helping Fund School District Classrooms

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Class is back in session in the Sioux Falls School District so one dealership is having a special promotion to support the 1,800 teachers. Starting today, each person that test drives any vehicle at Graham Automotive can designate a $20 gift card to a teacher of their choice in the Sioux Falls School District. According to…

Back-to-School in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a day that needs no reminder: the first day of school. From new programs to safety reminders, KDLT News talked a number of topics with district officials this morning. For the interviews, see below. Categories: Community, Education, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News Tags: Back to School, Sioux Falls School District

Back-to-School Mental Health Awareness

Mental Illness Signs in Returning Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many students might be excited about heading back to school but others could really be struggling. Especially those heading into high school. “There’s always going to be that natural anxiety when starting up, especially if you’re starting high school or middle school,” said Mallory Kloucek with NAMI SD. Health experts say symptoms of mental illness often…

Slow Down In School Zones: Sioux Falls School District Warns Drivers

Sioux Falls Police and South Dakota Highway Patrol are partnering to enforce school zone speed limits

SIOUX FALLS, SD—  The school year has already started in cities like Mitchell, Aberdeen, Pierre, and Yankton. But in Sioux Falls public school resume on Thursday, and the school district and police department have a reminder for drivers; slow down. “I would challenge you to think of that big yellow school bus not as that big piece of metal, but…