Gov. Dennis Daugaard made the first wave of appointments to his Blue Ribbon Task Force recently.
Joining Rep. Sly on the Task Force from the House is Rep. Justin Cronin, Chair of the House Appropriations committee, Rep. Paula Hawks, a member of the House Education committee, Rep. Mark Mickelson, Speaker Pro Temp, and Rep. Steve Westra, Assistant Majority Leader.
Senators joining Sen. Soholt on the Task Force, include Sen. Corey Brown, President Pro Temp, Sen. Troy Heinert, Assistant Minority Leader, Sen. Billie Sutton, Minority Leader, and Sen. Craig Tieszen, Chair of the House Judiciary committee.
Additional Task Force members, who will include school board members, administrators, teachers and parents, will be appointed following input meetings with current Task Force members.
The input meetings have not been scheduled at this time. ASBSD will provide date, time and location of the meetings and plan to be an active participant.
The full Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet through the summer and present recommendations in the fall.
“We need all stakeholders in education to collaborate on these issues and find solutions,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “Our schools need long-term fixes in teacher pay and school funding and we’re optimistic the Blue Ribbon Task Force will provide them.”
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