Vermillion citizens on education task force Gov. Bill Janklow has appointed 31 people to a special task force on K-12 education.
He hosted the group for lunch March 26 at the governor's residence. "This is a chance for everyone to get acquainted and to talk informally," Janklow said.
The task force will be co-chaired by Mary McClure Bibby of Brookings and Harvey Jewett of Aberdeen.
Other members include Betty Arrow-Marshall of Wagner; Shirley Big Eagle of Parmelee; Tom Everist of Sioux Falls; Jeanette Gravdahl of Sisseton; Jim Hagen of Fort Pierre; Vicky Hagen of Fort Pierre; Noel Hamiel of Mitchell; James Hansen of Pierre; Terry Hermann of Sturgis; Patricia Kenner of Rapid City; Angeline Lavin of Vermillion; Becky Lust of Rapid City; Judith Meierhenry of Sioux Falls; Celia Miner of Yankton; Randy Morris of Sturgis; Leo Neifer of Hosmer; David Owen of Sioux Falls; Ben Sayler of Spearfish; Janice Schuman of Geddes; Jody Severson of Rapid City; Bob Simpson of Sioux Falls; Rob Wheeler Jr. of Lemmon; Michael Wilson of Rapid City; James Abbott of Vermillion; James Englebrecht of Rapid City; Susan Jones of Watertown; Nancy McCahren of Vermillion; Gary Olson of Sioux Falls and Keith Paisley of Sioux Falls.
Janklow said the group can set its own timeline and choose the topics. The executive order creating the task force calls for the members to review a broad range of issues such as the greatest assets and greatest obstacles to quality education in South Dakota. The only deadline set by the governor was that the panel complete its work before Janklow's term ends after the November 2002 election.
"When you have only 9,000 graduates a year, you better make sure every one counts," Janklow said.
No date has been set for the group's next meeting.