Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s recently released budget proposal included a 2.3 percent increase in the per-student allocation, as well as one-time money that would go directly to schools. The governor also called for an additional $8.4 million to support critical statewide training for teachers and school administrators.
Grant funds available for after-school programs
The South Dakota Department of Education will be opening the application process for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grant program by Jan. 1, 2012. 21st CCLC funds are to be used for programming that takes place outside of regular school hours.
Nominate the next National History Teacher of the Year
Do you have a great history or social studies teacher in your school or district? Nominate him or her for the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year award.
Funds available for development of essential community facilities
Funds to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas,which can include schools, are available from the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities program.
Sioux Falls elementary schools receive HealthierUS School Bronze distinction
All 24 elementary schools in the Sioux Falls district have received the HealthierUS School Bronze Award. South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited the district last month to present the award from the United States Department of Agriculture. The application process is run through the state Department of Education.