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For Immediate Release: May 1, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Council to advise education department on Virtual High School



The South Dakota Department of Education announced today the members of its Virtual High School Advisory Council. (See list below.) The council was created as a result of legislation promoted by Gov. Mike Rounds during the 2006 Legislature.

“Virtual High School is an important part of the 2010 Education Initiative,” said Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education. “It is one of several key elements that we have identified to equip our high school students with important 21st century skills.”

The South Dakota Virtual High School is expected to benefit a variety of students, including those who need to pursue credits due to failing a course; those who do not have access to certain courses in their home district; home school students; and students who want to pursue additional upper-level courses.

The council will hold its first meeting May 2, 10 a.m., at the Kneip Building in Pierre. The council’s role is to discuss and make recommendations for the development of policies that will direct the delivery of distance education in South Dakota.

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VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Rick Bates, Rapid City School District

Dan Guericke, Mid-Central Educational Cooperative

Suzanne Hegg, Sioux Valley School District

Rep. Ryan Olson, Onida

Ann Smith, Sioux Falls School District

Erika Tallman, Northern State University Distance Education Program

Curt Voight, Technology & Innovation in Education