Board members, administrators, community member and legislators honored

ASBSD and SASD recently honored those who have nobly served public education at the ASBSD-SASD Convention’s Awards Banquet.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined the celebration, graciously presenting each recipient their awards.

Two of those recipients were Rep. Jacqueline Sly and Sen. Deb Soholt, who ASBSD and SASD honored with the Blue Ribbon Gratitude Awards.

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“(Gov. Daugaard) looked to a couple of level headed and data driven individuals whose passion was without a doubt to find out what was best for K-12 education in South Dakota,” SASD Executive Director Rob Monson said.

Rep. Soholt and Sen. Sly were the rocks in leading the Blue Ribbon Task Force and to signify their role inscribed on pieces of granite was: “In appreciation for leading the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Education.”

“ASBSD and SASD are thankful for the courageous leadership of these two legislators and would like to present them with a special award to show them not only our appreciation, but that of the education community in South Dakota,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.

The 2016 ASBSD School Board Award of Excellence was presented to the Aberdeen School Board.

ASBSD School Board Award of Excellence - Aberdeen

With a combined 74 years of dedicated service to the Aberdeen School District, the seven member board has engaged in a rigorous goal establishing process to set the direction for the district.

The school board alleviated overcrowding in existing elementary schools with the decision to open Mike Miller Elementary School this fall and recognized the need to provide a multitude of learning opportunities for students and the result was a new A-TEC Career and Technical Education facility, which provides additional learning opportunities for Aberdeen and area school students.

Stanley County School Board Member Sarah Carter earned the 2016 ASBSD Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor.

ASBSD Outstanding School Board Member of the Year - Carter

Carter is a strong advocate for kids and has worked tirelessly to ensure all students have opportunities to reach their potential.

During her tenure as School Board President, Carter helped oversee the construction of a new elementary school and worked with her board to implement a strategic plan focused on improving student achievement through a multitude of academic and communication programs.

Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bryan Hisel and Philip community member Mike Seager received ASBSD Community Service Award.

ASBSD Community Service Award - Hisel

Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bryan Hisel has been very involved with the Mitchell Public Schools for decades, focusing on boosting the opportunities and finding ways of enhancing the achievement for all students in Mitchell and the surrounding area.

ASBSD Community Service Award - Seager

If there’s a Haakon School District event or activity or a Philip community function requiring sound or lights, Seager, often using his own equipment, is there setting up to make sure the many events are broadcast and heard by the community.

The University of South Dakota’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams were honored with the SASD Community Helping Hands Award.

With support from the USD Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, students at Jolley Elementary read one million minutes outside of the classroom during this school year. Over the course of the year the athletes visited the classrooms weekly.

SASD Helping Hands

The athletes led pep rallies to recognize milestones the students met in reaching their goal, including a pep rally, celebration video and time with the basketball teams at the Dakota Dome when their goal was reached.

SASD presented the Little Red School House Award to the Parker School District.

Parker has developed a program within the school to use local community members and employees to enhance the educational experience of their students.

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They have encouraged their teachers and community members to start different clubs to engage students so that all have a chance to belong to something.

SASD 30-year Members included Sheila Beermann, Janet Karel, Barb Littel, Marcia Sherman, Don Kirkegaard and Terry Nebelsick. SASD 35-year Members included Blaine Franken and LaVonne Ring.

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SASD Outstanding Administrators were Sherri Becker, Todd Brist, Ethan Dschaak, Lory Dufrain, Jennifer Heggelund, Jim Holbeck, Kevin Lein and Ryan Rollinger.

Gov. Daugaard thanked those in attendance for their hard work in getting the historic K-12 funding package passed and shared information on the state’s dual credit and remedial coursework programs, as well as a new program aimed at curtailing meth use in the state.

“I want to thank you as school leaders,” Gov. Daugaard exclaimed, “We could not have achieved this without your help. Thank you!”