Workforce Education Could Be Coming to Dell Rapids

Workforce education, or apprenticeships, could be part of the education curriculum at Dell Rapids as early as next year.  Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz gave a brief update on the goal of the school to have workforce education to the Dell Rapids School Board during their regular meeting on Monday, December 10th.

“We have got to figure out a way to get more work-based opportunities for our high school kids.  The state is telling us we have flexibility to give credit those apprenticeships, job shadowing, and things like that.  The state is saying you can give these alternate pathways to kids for credit,” said Dr. Schultz.

Dr. Schultz also mentioned that it’s hard to do that right now.  She is meeting with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and city administration over the winter months to discuss specifics of the plan and will have a more formal, detailed announcement out to the public at a later time.  Dr. Schultz is also currently looking for businesses around Dell Rapids that are wanting to do apprenticeships or job shadowing to try to get this goal going for next school year.

“When we figure out of every 100 kids that start college in South Dakota, 23 finish with a degree.  Clearly we are missing the boat for a lot of kids, and we’re not sending them down the right path.  I’m not saying we don’t want every kid to be college ready and college prepared, but if that isn’t their path and that’s not where they want to go, maybe we should provide some opportunities for them in other places also,” said Dr. Schultz.  She also mentioned these opportunities would also benefit students that do want to go to college in helping them figure out a course of study.

Dr. Schultz urged the members of the board if they know of any businesses in the area that are willing to provide these opportunities to please let her know.  Administration is looking to build those alliances now for the next school year.



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Dell Rapids School Board Recognizes Jeff Schmidt

Photo from Dell Rapids HS website

Photo from Dell Rapids HS website

Jeff Schmidt, the bus coordinator for Dell Rapids High School, was recognized for a job well done by the Dell Rapids School Board during their regular meeting held on Monday, November 12th.

The school recently had an unannounced inspection of buses by the South Dakota Department of Transportation and South Dakota Highway Patrol.  This inspection was a random inspection on top of the annual inspections that are done.  The bus fleet passed the inspection with a minimal five point clearance light deduction.  Schmidt noted that it takes 25 points to fail a bus.  Schmidt also mentioned that the DOT and Highway Patrol were happy with how the inspection went.

“I think it’s really good for our community and our parents to know how much work is going into keeping those buses up, and to make sure that you know that we appreciate you Jeff,” said Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz.

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LeBrun Officially Joins Dell Rapids School Board

NewDRLogoNewly elected school board member Jacque LeBrun officially began her three-year term at the school board’s regular meeting on Monday, July 9th..  The regular meeting also marked the end of service for Steve Stofferahn.

LeBrun and Troy Randall were elected to three-year terms on April 10th.  Three total candidates were vying for two open spots on the board due to the end of terms fro Stofferahn and Randall.

Also during the school board meeting, the board elected a president and vice president and assigned members to committees.  Matt Weiland was elected as the board president for another year.  Randall was re-elected as the board’s vice president.

Jody Schumaker and LeBrun will serve on the Technology Planning and Wellness/Insurance committees.  Jeff Traill and Schumaker will be on the Facilities and Policy committees.  Weiland and Randall will serve on the Transportation and Negotiations/Personnel committees.  Randall and Traill will head the Budget/Finance committee.  LeBrun and Weiland will serve on the Teacher Leadership committee.

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Dell Rapids School Board Honors DR 5th Grade Class

LivingHistoryFair2018The Dell Rapids School Board recognized the Dell Rapids fifth grade students and teachers for the work that they did at the Living History Fair on Friday, March 23rd.  Ms. Eggers,  Ms. Gruneich, Joshua Fletcher, Mylie Anderson, and Gavin Benson attended the school board meeting on Monday, May 14th to represent the fifth grade class.

The students were given an historical figure to portray during the event.  They researched their person putting together a report, creating a costume, and creating a visual board about their historical figure.  The student had coin cans at their stations, and when visitors put coins in the jars, the students “came to life” and acted out their report about the life of the person they were portraying.

The fifth grade class raised $1,000 during the event.  The students decided to donate all of those funds to the local food pantry in Dell Rapids.  For that act of generosity, the school board recognized the fifth grade class.

“That’s awesome.  Thanks for doing that.  We just wanted to recognize your hard work and thank you for doing it,” said School Board President Matthew Weiland

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Dell Rapids School Board Approves Free Meals

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board approved free meals for the final days of school during their regular meeting on Monday, May 14th.  The free meals on May 18th through May 23rd will be the reimbursable student breakfast meals and reimbursable student lunch meals.  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.  Staff meals will also be charged.

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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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