Randall and LeBrun Win School Board Election

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board will have a new member when the new board is formally introduced later this summer.  Jacque LeBrun along with incumbent Troy Randall were voted to three-year teams for the Dell Rapids School Board on Tuesday, April 10th.

Randall’s current term along with Steve Stofferahn’s term were up for election this year as they both expire in July.

Randall, LeBrun, and Denise Cavigielli were all vying for the two open positions.  There was a 10.6% voter turnout for the election.  Randall received 276 votes, LeBrun had 222 votes, and Cavigielli received 174 votes.

Stofferahn did not seek re-election, and he will come off the Dell Rapids School Board when his term ends after serving since 2012.  Randall and LeBrun will join current board members Matthew Weiland, Jody Schumaker, and Jeff Traill.

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School Board Finalizes Calendar and Sets Election Date

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board held their latest regular meeting on Monday, March 12th.  Among other items discussed, the board finalized the school calendar for the remainder of this year as well as set the date for the school board election.

The Dell Rapids school district has had only one full day of school missed due to the weather this year.

Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz said, “You have two choices really…make up the day with staff and students, or make up the day with just staff.”

After discussion the board voted to leave the last day of school for students as Wednesday, May 23rd.  The missed day will be made up by the staff on Friday, May 25th as an in-service day.  This was also the recommendation from Dr. Schultz.

The school board also set the school board election for Tuesday, April 10th.  All precincts will be voting at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church.  The public will be voting on two school board openings.  The City of Dell Rapids did not have to hold an election this year as all open city council ward spots only had one candidate petition filed per ward.

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Three Young Dell Rapids Students Selected for Elementary Honor Choir

music-2618342_1280Three young students from Dell Rapids were selected to participate in the 2018 Elementary Festival Honor Choir. Fourth grade students Madyn Lacey and Finn Murphy, along with sixth grade student Olivia Gill were selected to participate in the event.

The choir consists of about 180 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from around the state who are selected by recorded audition.  Over 800 auditions are received for the event.  The choir performs each year during the annual SDSU Choral Day event.  The Elementary Festival Honor Choir will perform on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 in Brookings.

“They get to travel with me to Brookings and perform in front of a variety of college professions, high school teachers, and elementary teachers in February,” said Dell Rapids Elementary music teacher Kim Gaul during the afternoon performance of the Christmas concert on Thursday, December 14th.  Gaul recognized Lacey and Murphy at the end of the performance.  Lacey, Murphy, and Gill were also recognized for their accomplishment during the Dell Rapids School Board meeting on Monday, December 11th.

Dr. Sean Burton will be the conductor for the Elementary Festival Honor Choir.  Dr. Burton currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and is the Chairperson of the Department of Music at Briar Cliff University.

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Official Numbers Show Enrollment Increase at Dell Rapids

DRElementarySchoolOfficial enrollment numbers for Dell Rapids School District were announced during the Dell Rapids School Board’s regular meeting on Monday, October 9th.  The enrollment numbers were made official on the last Friday of September, which was September 29th.

The official number for the Dell Rapids School District is 931 students.  That is an increase of about 18 students from last year.

Dr. Summer Schulz said, “Biggest numbers since I’ve been here.”

The school board also approved the purchase of a new van to add to the school vehicle fleet during the meeting.  The second reading and adoption of the Criminal Background Check policy was also approved.


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Dell Rapids School District Student Numbers Increase

SummerSchultzPreliminary numbers for the 2017-2018 school year shows an increase in students from last year at the Dell Rapids School District.  Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz reported the preliminary numbers to the Dell Rapids School Board during their regular meeting on Monday, September 11th.

“We have preliminary enrollment numbers, which until that last Friday in September I don’t ever like to put anything on paper just because it’s not official yet.  But between crossover on lunch and what we’ve ran on Infinite Campus, it looks like we’re up approximately 19 students from what we’ve budgeted.  That’s a great thing,” said Schultz.  She noted that during the October meeting the board will receive the final official numbers.

Dr. Schultz also reported to the board that both the elementary and middle school staff are now starting to get into the Positive Action curriculum.

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Dell Rapids School Board Sets 2017-2018 Fees

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board set fees for the upcoming school year during the regular meeting on Monday, July 10th.  The rates and fees that were set were meal prices, admission and activity ticket prices, and transportation rates.

The following meal prices were adopted by the board:

  • Student breakfast – $1.45
  • Reduce price breakfast – $.30
  • Adult breakfast – $1.80
  • Extra breakfast entree – $1.20
  • K-4 student lunch – $2.80
  • 5-12 student lunch – $2.90
  • K-12 reduce price lunch – $.40
  • Adult lunch – $3.35
  • Milk – $.50
  • Extra traditional entree – $1.75
  • Extra pizza – $1.85
  • Chef demo meal – $2.25

Admission to activities were set at $3.00 for K-12 students and $5.00 for adults.  Admission for doubleheader basketball games are $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults.  Activity ticket prices are as follows:

  • Resident senior citizens – free pass available in district office
  • K-8 student pass – $15.00
  • 9-12 student pass – $20.00
  • Adult 10-punch pass – $30.00
  • Adult all-season pass – $50.00
  • Family all-season pass – $100.00

The transportation rates for the upcoming year will be as follows:

  • Resident in-town and open-enrollment transportation (on designated route), St Mary non-resident rural transportation (on designated route), and Haven transportation (between elementary school and River Community Church) – $80.00/child or $200.00/family
  • St Mary transportation off designated route – $432.50 annually per mile added to the route
  • Open-enrollment transportation off designated route (as determined by the school board on an individual basis) – $432.50 annually per mile added to the route
  • St Mary / outside organization transportation – $2.00 per mile (minimum of $20.00) plus actual driver cost
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Dell Rapids School Board Swears in New Member

NewDRLogoDuring the Dell Rapids School Board regular meeting, Jeffrey Traill took his oath of office on Monday, July 10th.  Traill was elected to a three-year term in April.  He will take over the seat vacated by Tom Morris.

With Traill joining the school board, new officers were selected.  Matt Weiland was voted the new president.  Troy Randall will serve as vice president.  Weiland will also serve as the Prairie Lakes Educational Cooperative Board of Directors representative with Jody Schumaker serving as the alternate.  Schumaker will be the ASBSD voting delegate with Steve Stofferahn the alternate.

Each of the school board members were voted to different committees.  Stofferahn and Schumaker will be on the Technology Planning and Wellness/Insurance committees.  Stofferahn and Traill will head the Facilities committee.  Weiland and Randall are on the Transportation  and Negotiations/Personnel committees.  Randall and Traill will be on the Budget/Finance committee.  Weiland and Schumaker will head the Curriculum committee, and Schumaker and Traill will be on the Policy committee.

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Free Meals at Dell Rapids Approved for End of the Year

PizzaLunchStudents at Dell Rapids will be receiving free breakfast and lunch during the last four days of school thanks to the Dell Rapids School Board.  The school board approved the free meals for the final days of school on May 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 23rd.

“I think it’s a great way to give back.  Obviously the food must be better,” said board member Steve Stofferahn.

“We are happy we still have the ability to do it with the big changes that do cost more, and we hope it produces some interest in that breakfast program,” superintendent Dr. Schultz mentioned.

A la carte items and seconds will still be charged at the usual price.  Students must have money in their accounts or pay cash for those items.


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Dell Rapids School Board Updates

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board will have a new member starting in July.  Jeff Traill won an election for the position being vacated by Tom Morris.  Traill received 185 votes in the April 11th election, while his opponent Kevin Mattern received 76 votes.  There was a 6.5% voter turnout for the school board position election.

The Dell Rapids School Board also heard or took action on the following items during their last regular board meeting on Monday, April 10th:

  • The school board approved the health insurance, vision insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance renewals.
  • School board also approved the school-sponsored summer camp fees and stipends for the 2017 summer season.
  • Activities Director Jeff Dvorak gave a report to the school board about some potential changes to athletic rules pending vote by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Some of those potential changes include region re-alignment, a moratorium during the Christmas break starting the 2018-2019 school year, and changes to the amount of full-contact practices in football.
  • The school board also accepted the resignations of Nathan Korn (facility/grounds manager effective April 3rd), Lori Morris (teacher at the end of the 2016-2017 school year), and JoAnn Borns (paraprofessional at the end of the 2016-2017 school year).  They approved the hire of Jordan Huska as a teacher effective for the 2017-2018 school year.
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Dell Rapids School Board March 2017 Update

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board held their last regular meeting on Monday, March 13th, at the Dell Rapids High School library.  The school board made decisions on the following items, among others:

The school board approved unanimously to approved the amended girls’ soccer cooperative agreement with the Garretson School District.  The proposed cooperative will now go to the South Dakota High School Activities Association for final approval in hopes of being in place for the fall 2017 season.

A slightly amended 2016-2017 school calendar was approved unanimously.  With only one day of school that has been cancelled due to weather, which happened in November, the approved proposal was to not make that day up for students, and to have staff make the day up at the end of the year.  Barring any more snow days, the last day of school will remain as scheduled on May 23rd.  Teachers and staff will make the day up as part of an in-service day on May 25th.

The fee for summer drivers’ education will remain the same for this year.  Students inside the school district will be charged $160.00.  Students outside of the district will be charged $200.00.  Instructors will receive $20.00 per hour for instructional time up to 35 hours, and $90.00 per hour for instructional driving time.

The school board also accepted a request for early retirement from Dale Solberg.  Resignations were also accepted from Mary Trumbo (effective Feb 28th), Mara Wilde (effective Mar 31st), Erin Turner (effective at end of 2016-2017 school year), and Kimberly Kludt (effective Jun 15th).  The hiring of Drew Bunkers as high school principal was accepted effective August 1st.

The full minutes of the meeting can be found by clicking here.

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