User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


77° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Superintendent: District Needs More Funding

September 7, 2012, 9:53 PM by Derek Olson

Superintendent: District Needs More Funding
RAPID CITY, SD -

The school year is in full swing, and districts all around the state are trying to cope with less funding.  But the superintendent of the state's second-largest district says the lack of funding can't continue if his district is to survive.

How to do more with less is a question the Rapid City School District is struggling to answer.

"Can you do that at home?  Can a business do that?  It's very difficult," Rapid City School District Superintendent Tim Mitchell said.

The district has already cut more than $4,000,000 from its budget and is looking to cut millions more next year.

"Maybe you're not going to get the textbooks that you needed.  The computers, you're going to have to get by for another year or two with older software," social studies teacher Patrick Moriarty said.

In order to make ends meet for the 2012-13 school year, Rapid City Schools have had to dip into savings and re-direct other budgeted funds in order to balance the books. But Mitchell says that can't continue.

"As we continue to do budget forecasting models, we have these issues with the ability to cut enough and still remain sustainable," Mitchell said.

The superintendent believes that the solution lies in a balanced approach that couples streamlining programs with new revenue.

"Do you and can you continue to become more effective and efficient?  And people thinking we can just cut more and more stuff, or can you advocate for more resources?  I take the middle ground.  I say both," Mitchell said.

In the meantime, teachers like Moriarty are doing what they can to lessen the impact the cuts have on students.

"You just try to keep doing what you can with what you have, you know? You try to make cuts where you can," Moriarty said.

We brought Mitchell's concerns to State Representative Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City who says that legislative committees are looking at the issue.

However, Sly says it's unlikely they will take any action until after the November election, which features Initiated Measure 15 and Referred Law 16.  Both deal with education funding.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Walmart Grand Opening In Northern Sioux Falls

8/13/2014 6:03 PM

Northwestern Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities have a new shopping option

Full Story | Watch
Sioux Falls To Get Burlington Coat Factory

8/14/2014 1:45 PM

It's a deal that's been in the works for more than a year.  Now Lloyd Companies has submitted plans for a new Burlington Coat Factory sto...

Full Story
Toy Store to Open Second Location At Dawley Farm Village

8/14/2014 3:50 PM

A Sioux Falls toy store is opening a second location at Dawley Farm Village.

Full Story
Two KELOLAND Target Stores Now Open Extended Hours

8/19/2014 12:16 PM

Night owls who enjoy shopping at Target will soon have a few more hours to browse the shelves.

Full Story
SF Food Scene Gets Some National Attention

8/15/2014 8:14 PM

Sioux Falls' local flavor is getting national attention.

Full Story


Events