Gov. Daugaard Names Final Thirteen Members to Blue Ribbon Task Force

To complete the 26 member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding, Gov. Daugaard has named the additional members.

The original members of the task force are legislators and members of Gov. Daugaard’s administration:

Sen. Deb Soholt, Sioux Falls – Task-Force co-chair
Rep. Jacqueline Sly, Rapid City – Task-Force co-chair
Sen. Corey Brown, Gettysburg
Sen. Troy Heinert, Mission
Sen. Billie Sutton, Burke
Sen. Craig Tieszen, Rapid City
Rep. Justin Cronin, Gettysburg
Rep. Paula Hawks, Hartford
Rep. Mark Mickelson, Sioux Falls
Rep. Steve Westra, Sioux Falls
Dr. Melody Schopp, SD Secretary of Education
Tony Venhuizen, Chief of Staff to Gov. Daugaard
Jason Dilges, SD Commissioner of Finance and Management

With the addition of the following thirteen people, the  twenty-six member task force will begin meeting in July to “synthesize” information.

Dave Davis, Rapid City — member of the Rapid City Area School District Board of Education
Dr. Becky Guffin, Aberdeen — superintendent of Aberdeen School District
Vicki Harmdierks, Mitchell — principal of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School
LuAnn Lindskov, Timber Lake — math and science teacher at Timber Lake High School and 2013 SD Teacher of the Year
Dr. Brian Maher, Sioux Falls — incoming superintendent of Sioux Falls School District
DeLon Mork, Madison
Steven O’Brien, Watertown — English teacher at Watertown High School
Erik Person, Burke — superintendent of Burke School District
Beth Pietila, Yankton
Dr. Michael Rush, Pierre — incoming executive director of SD Board of Regents
Jim Scull, Rapid City
Eric Stroeder, Mobridge — member of Mobridge School District Board of Education and incoming president of Associated School Boards of South Dakota
Kevin Tatzlaff, Brookings

June meeting schedule

Thoughts from a business owner, mom, and wife.


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