District 24 Lawmakers Meet With Pierre School Board This Week

(KCCR) — Two of the three District 24 legislative delegation members went to school this week, appearing as guests of the Pierre School Board prior to the Board’s regular December meeting. The meeting started with a summary of the District’s finances in the last year which impressed Senator Jeff Monroe…

“Why isn’t anybody else paying attention? Because it looks like; if you talk about saving money, the whole state could save a bunch of money if they start paying attention to what Pierre’s doing and that would leave more money for everybody.”
Representative Tim Rounds told the Board he believes there will be movement away from Governor Kristi Noem’s proposed zero-percent increase for schools and teachers…

“I think there’s going to be some give and take through some other programs and some other things that I’ve been looking at that maybe we can nip a little here and nip a little there and put it back into the Big 3 and I know with the state employees they’re trying to do some things with benefits. Last year we really took care of our community support providers; it would have been nice to do more. I hate to tax two groups to take care of one group, so we gotta kinda lump everybody together and find some dollars.”
Pierre Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt was concerned about the Partridge Amendment coming back and possibly cutting the school funding pie back even more. The Legislators doubt that will be a factor…

“I don’t see it going anywhere if it does come back.” “As we’ve talked in the past Senator Monroe, you’ve said it’s pretty hard to…” “Once you lay a tax on, you can try and go ahead and get government to take a tax off; it’s not gonna happen. I mean, so…don’t…I mean it…Even if it’s your tax, they’re never…you’re never gonna see…no. The…hahahahaha…” “I just remember people wanted to go farther with the Partridge Amendment. There are some out there that do want to go farther with it and when you get them looking at that and then the Partridge Amendment and then those of us who know what it’ll do to state government, I don’t think it’s gonna go anywhere.”
Pierre School Board members also discussed the possibility of a private school voucher bill returning to the State Capitol during session and Rounds says so far there is no so-called ‘bathroom bill” legislation being proposed this year.