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Education Funding Bill Delayed

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Governor Daugaard’s proposed half-cent sales tax increase to raise revenue for K-through-12th grade education was scheduled for debate on the floor of the South Dakota House yesterday ( Wednesday) but now will not be heard until sometime next week. District 18 Representative Mike Stevens says he was disappointed that Representative Jim Stalzer of Sioux Falls moved to halt debate under rule 5-17, which requires a chamber to wait to take up discussion on an amendment and the bill to which it applies. Stevens says because of the legislature’s schedule, the earliest House Bill Eleven-Eighty-Two can be debated is next Tuesday. If approved the sales tax increase would raise more than one hundred million dollars in the upcoming budget year, most of which would be put toward helping raise the state's target average teacher salary to forty-eight thousand, five hundred dollars per year.


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United Way Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Outgoing President Jeff May will be recognized and incoming 2016 United Way board President Jay Gravholt will be welcomed at next Tuesday’s annual Yankton United Way meeting. Executive Director Lauren Hanson says Gravholt has served on the United Way board for number of years in various capacities. Hanson says through their work on the board United Way members share a commitment to helping improve the lives of others in the Yankton community. United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton will hold its annual meeting next Tuesday in the Mount Marty College Boardroom at 5:15 PM.


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Maibaum Runs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Local entrepreneur Tony Maibaum has submitted his nominating petition to run for a seat on the Yankton City Commission. Maibaum says he is seeking a seat on the board in order to continue the process of getting the local community inspired and involved that was begun with the Onward Yankton contest. Maibaum says if he is a successful candidate he initially intends to spend his time on the board learning the role of city commissioner. Deadline to submit nominating petitions for a term on the Yankton City Commission is 5 PM Fenruary 26th.


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211 Helpline

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beginning Thursdaypeople in the Yankton area who need to get information via the 2-1-1 Helpline telephone system can do so by sending a text message. Helpline Center Vice President of Program Development Betsey Homan says 2-1-1 provides people with information on services and resources that are available locally on a twenty-four hour, seven day a week basis. Homan says the addition of an option to contact 2-1-1 by text message is being done to make it as convenient for people as possible to access the service.  Homan says more than three hundred calls to 2-1-1 were placed from the Yankton community last year.


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YSD Facilities Study Update

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Members of the Yankton School Board were updated at their meeting  Monday night on the comprehensive facilities study that is being conducted by the firm of TSP of Sioux Falls. Several areas of concern were found during the study and Project Manager Rob Collins says the general classroom environment was clearly number one. Collins says a number of recommendations will be coming from the study and may include the possibility of moving students from the current elementary schools to grade centers. Collins says current plans are to have the final report completed with recommendations by the April 18th  Yankton School Board meeting.

 


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Death Penalty Bill

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing today on Senate Bill 94 which would abolish our state’s use of the death penalty. Committee member Senator Bernie Hunhoff says one of the measure’s prime sponsors is retired 1st Circuit Court Judge Senator Arthur Rusch of Vermillion, who may be the only legislator in state history to have presided over a death penalty case. Hunhoff says the effort to overturn the death penalty is also being supported by a deacon with St. Agnes Church in Vermillion Denny Davis. If approved, South Dakota would become the 20th state to abolish the death penalty.


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VCDC Moves

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company is relocating its’ operations and office from the current location at the Vermillion Technology Center at 1012 Princeton Street to 6 West Main Street, in the city’s downtown district.  V-C-D-C Director Nate Welch says in order to open up the Vermillion Technology Center for possible future tenants the decision has been made to relocate downtown. Welch says the move downtown is temporary until their facilities committee can consider long-term office options for the VCDC. Welch says physical relocation of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company office will take place this week and expects few if any disruptions to service.


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YSD RTEC

Monday, February 8, 2016

Members of the Yankton School Board got their first look last night at agreements associated with the possible purchase of the Regional Technical Education Center by the Yankton School District. President Matt Pietz (peetz) says the Yankton School District has a number of classes that are currently being taught at R-TEC. Pietz says no changes to how the R-TEC facility operates is expected if the school district makes the purchase. The proposed purchase of the Regional Technical Education Center by the Yankton School District will be on the agenda of next month’s meeting of the Yankton School Board.


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HSC Property Workshop

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last night, the Yankton City Commission discussed a property development workshop set for later this month to explore possible options for the municipally owned land on the old campus of the South Dakota Human Services Center. As part of the process the community is invited to take part in an public input session the evening of February 25th and Community Planning Director Dave Mingo says given the size of the property, it may be suitable for development for multiple uses. Mingo says part of the discussion will need to include what to do with the soccer fields that are currently located there. The public input session for the use of the former H-S-C land owned by the city is set for 6 PM February 25th at Yankton Fire Station Number Two.


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District 18 Cracker Barrel

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The need for increased funding for K-through-12th grade education, specifically to improve teacher salaries was an issue discussed at this weekend’s District 18 Legislative Cracker barrel, hosted by the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Representative Mike Stevens says it has taken years for education funding to be a priority for the legislature and he supports Governor Daugaard’s plan for a one-half cent increase in the state sales tax to help finance increases in teacher salaries. Representative Jean Hunhoff says she is in agreement with increasing revenues for improving teacher salaries. Senator Bernie Hunhoff says it is good the education funding is receiving attention in this year’s session but he has doubts as to whether Governor Daugaard’s proposal goes far enough in addressing the issue of teacher pay. The final Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce District 18 Legislative Cracker barrel is set for 10 AM February 27th at the Avera Office Pavilion. 


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