School Board Opt Out Discussion

The 5 Million opt out proposal the Sioux Falls School District is proposing comes after careful consideration and conversation in public meetings on April 5, 2017 and April 10, 2017.  As directed by the Board at the April 10, 2017 meeting, the District convened the Finance Action Network (FAN) – a committee of community CEOs and business leaders who could review District spending and make recommendations to achieve the highest level of fiscal responsibility without cutting programs.  With all of the District’s budget data in front of them, FAN recommends an additional $5 Million opt out to prevent the District from falling below a responsible fund balance.  Growing costs of education due to student needs and uncertainty in State and Federal funding are the driving forces.  Click here to hear Board Member Doug Morrison describe the need for the opt out at the April 10, 2017 meeting.

If you prefer, you can see that day's entire Board meeting here - the opt out discussion begins at about 49 minutes.

Click here for more information about the proposal.

School Board Election Results


The Sioux Falls School District has conducted its annual election for a position on the Sioux Falls School District School Board. The election took place on June 6, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Click here to see the election results.

Graduation 2017

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1,495 Sioux Falls Public School Students to be Honored at Sunday's Graduation Ceremonies

Nearly 1,500 students who have attained senior status by the start of the Spring 2017 semester will walk across the stage on Sunday, June 4th to be recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments. Graduating seniors must have earned the required 22 credits to receive a high school diploma.

Sunday's graduation ceremonies are scheduled at the Sioux Falls Area as follows:

School Time Students Achieving Senior Status
New Technology High School 11:00 a.m. 68
Lincoln High School 1:00 p.m. 442
Roosevelt High School 4:00 p.m. 533
Washington High School 7:00 p.m. 452

District News Minute 5-22-17

This week on the District News Minute, learn about a new course teaching life lessons to New Tech High students, get the latest on the June 6th School Board election and get details about Graduation 2017.


Envision: Graduation 2017

As the Class of 2017 prepares to receive their diplomas, Dr. Maher explains some new efforts to help struggling students reach this milestone - without lowering our standards for graduation.


June 6 School Board Election


The Sioux Falls School District School Board election is June 6. Voters can vote at any one of 10 vote centers throughout Sioux Falls. Click here for all the election details, including candidates, registration information, absentee ballots and vote center maps.

On Thursday, May 18, the first of two candidate forums sponsored by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters was held at IPC. You can view that forum below. 

RHS Artist Wins Congressional Art Competition

Aqua Vitae (Water is Life)

Representative Kristi Noem today announced Ashley Geraets as the 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner for her colored pencil drawing, “Aqua Vitae (Water is Life).” Geraets, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex, along with winning artwork from other congressional districts, for the next year.
Second place was awarded to Olivia Heinecke, a junior at Sisseton High School, for her painting, “Freckles.”  Her artwork will hang in Noem’s congressional office in Washington.
“Ashley and Olivia have brought art to life in an incredible display of South Dakota talent with each of these pieces,” said Noem.  “To the teachers, families, and friends who have supported these young women, I want to say thank you for encouraging them and taking the time to encourage their pursuit of the arts. I am so proud to have these pieces represent South Dakota’s talent in the U.S. Capitol.”

Geraets is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School. Last year, Ashley won 2nd place and her art was in Noem's office in D.C. for the year.

Envision: Elementary Teacher Changes

After holding listening sessions with elementary educators, administrators are implementing changes for next school year which should free up more time for teachers to teach. Dr. Maher explains the process and the changes.


Parent Education Series: Raising Children in Society Today

Over the past couple of weeks, we've held two free Community Education sessions for parents to share information from experts on topics like drug and alcohol use, social media, smart phone/tablet apps and more.

Both sessions are now available to view online.

Session 1, from Thursday, May 4 covered topics on drugs and alcohol use, trends and prevention:

And Session 2, from Thursday, May 11 covered internet safety, social media and app usage for kids.


District News Minute 5-8-17

This week on the District News Minute, find out how you can get next year's school registration out of the way right now, learn how a pilot program is helping elementary students get breakfast every day and learn about efforts to help kids who have questions about a new Netflix show.


Envision: Communications Survey

Dr. Maher explains a current survey open to parents and why it's important to get feedback on school-home communications.


Summer Construction Camp

ToolsAll sessions are now full!

Does your son or daughter have an interest in carpentry, construction or woodworking? If so, join us for four half days of hands-on activities in the construction program area. Students will learn about basic safety, hand tool operation and basic skills in the carpentry trade and will have the opportunity to assist in building a project. This camp is open to current middle school students in grades 7 & 8. Seats are limited so, please respond soon.

Student fee is $10 per participant
August 14-17, 2017
Morning or Afternoon Session
At the Career & Technical Education Academy

Envision: 2018-19 Calendar

Dr. Maher discusses the months-long process of listening to parents, students and community members before the School Board chose the school calendar for 2018-2019.