As the states’ lawmakers prepare for the 2021 session of the South Dakota legislature, school district officials are waiting with keen interest to learn what level of support for K-through-12th grade education they can expect this year from state government.
Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle says Governor Noems’ proposed two-point-four percent increase for education is welcome news.
Kindle says he is hopeful that lawmakers will be able to increase that level of support.
Kindle says due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it has taken a community-wide effort this year to keep students in the classroom.
Total general fund spending as requested by Governor Noem in her proposed budget for the next fiscal year is about one-point-eight billion dollars.