Board passes new accountability rules
The South Dakota Board of Education passed the new accountability rules at its meeting last month. The board was able to address two of the three written comments received through the public hearing process – one related to career readiness and the other related to volatility of scores in schools with small student populations.
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New school year means updates to SDMyLife system
Updated district courses are now listed on, the online career development tool provided through the Department of Education. Also, by keeping Infinite Campus data current, you can ensure your SDMyLife student roster is accurate. Encourage school counselors to take a moment to double check the system roster. For more information or assistance, send an email to

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New federal regulations address boilers and generators

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized new federal standards for generators and boilers. The federal standard for generators applies to both new and existing generators. The federal standard for boilers applies to both new and existing boilers that use coal, diesel or biomass as a fuel source. The requirements for the generators and boilers vary on the size, age and its use.

If your school currently has a generator or a coal, diesel, or biomass fired boiler or is considering purchasing a new system, please contact the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources so staff can assist you in complying with these federal regulations. Additionally, you may also need to submit an application for an air quality permit to operate the generator or boiler.

To determine if these federal standards apply, please fill out and submit the appropriate forms on the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources website.

To review the federal standards, go to EPA’s webpage.

Click here for the boilers webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Brakke, Engineer I, at (605) 773-3151.