Senate Education committee members voted to support the nomination of Don Kirkegaard to permanently fill the Secretary of Education position.
“I was honored to be considered,” Kirkegaard said. “Education has always been an important part of my life.”
Beginning his career in education as a teacher in the Bristol School District in 1981, Kirkegaard became a principal in the Britton School District in 1988 and later the district’s superintendent in 1994 – during which time he oversaw the school’s transition to the Britton-Hecla School District. He became the Meade Superintendent in 2011 before joining DOE as the Secretary of Education at the start of 2018.
“He’s a strong leader,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “He’s a proven leader.”
Representatives of many of the state’s education associations also offered their support for Kirkegaard.
“We feel that his experience…leave him well qualified for this role,” Watertown Superintendent and President of S.D. School Superintendents Association Jeff Danielsen said, adding the group offered Kirkegaard their “full support.”
“In accepting a one-year term, that’s commendable,” Sen. Joshua Klumb said. “I look forward to working with you and I wish you all the best.”
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