State aid study task force to meet in September The first meeting of the State Aid Study Task Force has been set for Sept. 6-7 at the Ramkota in Pierre. The task force was formed in accordance with a new law that charges the South Dakota Department of Education with reviewing the current K-12 education funding formula.
�We are anxious to begin reviewing the funding formula and to talk about all of the issues related to school funding,� said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education. �Our ultimate goal is to offer a long-term plan that ensures appropriate funding to schools and also ensures that our resources are being used as efficiently as possible.�
The State Aid Study Task Force is charged with advising the Department of Education as it conducts the review.
A list of task force members appears below.
Legislators: Sen. Julie Bartling, Burke; Sen. Eric Bogue, Faith; Rep. Tom Deadrick, Platte; Rep. Paul Dennert, Columbia; Rep. Clayton Halverson, Veblen; Rep. Phyllis Heineman, Sioux Falls; Sen. Dave Knudson, Sioux Falls; Rep. Ed McLaughlin, Rapid City; Sen. Ed Olson, Mitchell.
Superintendents: Julie Ertz, New Underwood; Tom Oster, Avon; John Pedersen, Pierre.
Business managers: Merna Bye, Corsica; Rick Hohn, Watertown; Anita Stugelmeyer, Lemmon.
School board members: LeRoy Helwig, Sisseton and Hank Kosters, Associated School Boards of South Dakota.
State board of education members: Jan Nicolay, Chester and Roger Porch, Philip.
Business leaders: Christine Hamilton, Kimball; Mike Huether, Sioux Falls; Al Kurtenbach, Brookings; Brad Wheeler, Lemmon.
State government: Dale Bertsch, Governor�s Office; Tamara Darnall, Bureau of Finance and Management; Jason Dilges, Bureau of Finance and Management; Stacy Krusemark, Office of Finance and Management, Department of Education; Rick Melmer, Secretary, Department of Education; Colleen Skinner, Department of Revenue and Regulation; Susan Woodmansey, Office of Finance and Management, Department of Education; Mark Zickrick, Legislative Research Council.