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Sioux Falls Hopes To Get Seat On SDHSAA Board

April 22, 2014, 6:16 PM by Leland Steva

Sioux Falls Hopes To Get Seat On SDHSAA Board
PIERRE, SD -

Could Sioux Falls schools land a spot on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board?  It's been 14 years since the state's largest city was represented.

A Sioux Falls School Board member was nominated on Tuesday, but he's not guaranteed a seat.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association is looking to fill four open spots this year. Mark Meile of Sioux Falls Public Schools nominated Todd Thoelke for the board. He believes that because Sioux Falls students represent around 20 percent of what the SDHSAA oversees, South Dakota's largest city needs a seat at the table.

"When you have the most students that are represented in this association, you need to have a voice. We also host several state championships and state events, not only in athletics but activities: band, chorus, those types of activities and we just feel we need to have a voice in that process," Meile said.

Six other schools across the state are vying for that same spot. Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross believes Mitchell offers the perfect combination for a voice on the board.

"We can kind of see things from a smaller viewpoint, but then we're also in the big class, of course, so we see things from that viewpoint as well," Gross said.

Sioux Falls last had a representative on the board in 2000.  That was Wayne Carney, who is now the Executive Director of the SDHSAA.  Meile is confident that this year is Sioux Falls' year.

"It's not that we haven't run. We've run several candidates without any success but we feel that now is the time to change that streak," Meile said.

The decision is now in the hands of the board's member schools who will vote in June.

The person voted in will serve a four-year term on the board. They will not be able to run for re-election.

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