Sioux Falls School District, South Dakota

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Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Falls, SD
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District Profile
Superintendent:Pamela J. Homan
Graduation rate:79.8%[1]
Number of schools:34
Budget: $199.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Douglas C. Morrison
Board members:5
Term length:3
Sioux Falls School District is a school district in South Dakota. It is the largest school district in South Dakota, serving 23,522 students in 34 schools during the 2010-2011 school year with an operating budget of $199.6 million.[2]

About the district

Sioux Falls School District is located in Minnehaha County, S.D.
Sioux Falls School District is located in south-east South Dakota in Minnehaha County. The county seat of Minnehaha County is Sioux Falls. Minnehaha County is home to 179,640 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Minnehaha County outperformed the rest of South Dakota in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.2 percent of Minnehaha County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for South Dakota as a whole. The median household income in Minnehaha County was $52,345 compared to $47,380 for the state of South Dakota. The poverty rate in Minnehaha County was 10.9 percent compared to 14.1 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Minnehaha County (%) South Dakota (%)
White 88.6 85.9
Black or African American 4.6 1.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 8.9
Asian 1.7 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 3.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Minnehaha County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 34,674 40,342
2008 39,838 39,251
2004 32,314 44,189
2000 27,042 33,428

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Sioux Falls School District is Dr. Pamela J. Homan. The school board appointed her to the position in 2004. She has been a public schools educator for 30 years and has served on various state and Governor-appointed committees for educational assessment, accountability, technology and teacher compensation. Homan received her doctoral degree from the University of South Dakota.[7]

School board

The Sioux Falls School Board is composed of five at-large members serving three-year terms.[8]

Sioux Falls School Board
Member Term Ends
Douglas C. Morrison 2017
Kent Alberty 2016
Carly Reiter 2016
Kate Parker 2018
Todd Thoelke 2018

School board elections

See also: Sioux Falls School District elections (2015)

Members of the Sioux Falls School Board are elected to three-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election for two seats was held on April 14, 2015. One seat was up for election in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Sioux Falls School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[9]

Public Participation at School Board Meetings

Residents and parents/guardians of students enrolled in the School District have the expressed right and are encouraged to attend meetings of the School Board to listen and observe the deliberations of its members. A Board meeting is a legislative session, a public input session, or a work session.

Legislative Session
The purpose of a legislative session is to discuss, deliberate and, when appropriate, take action on issues presented to the Board by the Superintendent or other Board members. In general, a Board meeting for legislative purposes is not an open hearing on a topic or issue. At a legislative session of the Board there are generally two opportunities to address the Board. The first opportunity is at the agenda item entitled Persons Wishing to Address the School Board and the second opportunity is for Public Input on Agenda Items, which occurs after an action has been presented to the Board but prior to Board discussion of an action or a first or second reading of a policy item listed on the Board agenda. Some legislative sessions include a Public Hearing. This allows a third opportunity to address the Board.

Persons Wishing to Address the School Board
Non-Agenda Items

  • This portion of the agenda is available for individuals wishing to address the Board about a District-related subject that is not listed on the Board agenda of the meeting at which the person is addressing the Board.
  • An individual wishing to address the Board on a District-related issue which is not on the agenda must sign up prior to the start of the meeting with the Business Manager or designee and give his/her name, address, and topic about which the person wishes to speak.
  • The speaker is limited to five minutes regardless of the number of subjects the person wishes to cover. If multiple individuals sign up to speak on the same topic that is not an agenda item, total testimony on the topic shall be limited to 15 minutes per side of the issue as determined by the President.

Public Input on Agenda Items

  • Individuals wishing to address the Board regarding an item on the agenda will have an opportunity to do so after the administration has presented the item to the Board but prior to the Board addressing the agenda item.
  • Individuals wishing to address the Board on an agenda item must sign up with the Business Manager or designee prior to the beginning of the meeting. Each person wishing to speak must give his/her name, address, identify the agenda item and whether he or she will be speaking for or against the item. The President may waive the requirement that a speaker must sign up to address an agenda item prior to the beginning of the meeting. However, if the waiver is granted, the speaker must sign up with the Business Manager or designee prior to leaving the meeting.
  • Individuals may address the Board for a maximum of five minutes on an individual agenda item.
  • A maximum of fifteen minutes per side of testimony will be permitted per agenda item. If more speakers sign up to speak to an issue than time is available, the President may request that each side of the issue select a person or two to speak to each side of the issue.

Public Hearing

  • Public hearings are required by State law and Board policy prior to certain actions (e.g. approval of the budget).
  • Individual testimony shall be limited to three (3) minutes. At the discretion of the President, this limit can be extended.
  • The public may address the Board without signing up prior to speaking.
  • Each speaker must state his/her position in a clear, concise manner. The person may ask for clarification on an item. As appropriate, the President may authorize a Board member or the administration to clarify the issue.

Public Input Session
Public input sessions are scheduled by the Board exclusively to receive information on a particular topic in an informal setting. Public input sessions are generally governed by the following guidelines:

  • Individual testimony for all persons may be limited at the discretion of the President.
  • The public may address the Board without signing up prior to speaking.
  • Individuals are encouraged to ask questions and give suggestions during a public input session.
  • These guidelines may be revised by the President to best fit the topic or purpose of the input session. The expectations of the public shall be explained at the beginning of each public input session.

Work Session
Work sessions are public meetings at which the Board receives detailed information from the administration, other Board members, and invited guests. Generally, work sessions are not open meetings for public input. However, the Board may go into a public input session during a work session at the discretion of the President.

General Decorum for All Types of Meetings

  • Anyone addressing the Board must give his/her name and address.
  • The speaker may not give oral complaints regarding District personnel or personnel actions. Complaints regarding District personnel are to be addressed to the Superintendent in private or in writing to the Superintendent and Board members in accordance with Policy KEB/KEB-R.
  • The speaker may not offer personal attacks against any individual.
  • The speaker may not give oral complaints identifying individual students. Complaints regarding individual students are to be addressed to the Superintendent in private or in writing to the Superintendent and Board members in accordance with Policy KE.
  • The Board President, at his/her discretion, may request the administration or another Board member to respond to a person addressing the Board immediately following the input or may direct the administration to respond in writing.

If an individual does not follow the appropriate guidelines for speakers, he or she may be denied the privilege of speaking before the Board. Upon the first violation of the guidelines by an individual, such person’s privilege of speaking may be suspended for the remainder of the Board meeting at which the violation occurs. If an individual violates the guidelines a second time, the person’s privilege of speaking before the Board may be suspended for the remainder of that meeting and for the next Board meeting. If an individual violates the guidelines a third time, the length of the suspension may be at the discretion of the President, but may not exceed one year.

Notwithstanding the ability of the Board to suspend an individual’s privilege to speak before the Board, that person may always communicate with the Board in writing.[10]


The Sioux Falls School District's budget is published on its website.[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $138,348,046 73.5% $6,850,057 3.6% $19,085,726 10.1% $13,114,198 7% $10,774,357 5.7% $188,172,384
2014-2015 $150,100,485 75.2% $6,891,353 3.5% $20,926,688 10.5% $10,104,891 5.1% $11,600,248 5.8% $199,623,665
Averages: $144,224,265.5 74% $6,870,705 4% $20,006,207 10% $11,609,544.5 6% $11,187,302.5 6% $193,898,024.5

Teacher salaries

Sioux Falls teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Sioux Falls teachers union:[12]

Salary structure
Education achievement Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA, 0-1 years 33,299 35,859
B.A. + 24, 0-1 years 33,299 45,183
MA, 0-1 years 33,299 52,305
MA + 24, 0-1 years 33,299 54,920
BA, 2-3 years 34,964 41,090
B.A. + 24, 2-3 years 34,964 45,183
MA, 2-3 years 34,964 37,652
MA + 24, 2-3 years 34,964 54,920
BA, 4-5 years 36,712 39,535
B.A. + 24, 4-5 years 36,712 45,183
MA, 4-5 years 36,712 52,305
MA + 24, 4-5 years 36,712 54,920
BA, 6-7 years 38,548 41,513
B.A. + 24, 6-7 years 38,548 45,183
MA, 6-7 years 38,548 52,305
MA + 24, 6-7 years 38,548 54,920
BA, 8-9 years 40,475 43,587
B.A. + 24, 8-9 years 40,475 45,183
MA, 8-9 years 40,475 52,305
MA + 24, 8-9 years 40,475 54,920
BA, 10+ years 42,499 45,766
B.A. + 24, 10+ years 42,499 45,183
MA, 10+ years 44,624 52,305
MA + 24, 10+ years 44,624 54,920

Schools in Sioux Falls


The district served 23,522 PK-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced an 11.1% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2013:

Total enrollment[13]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008-2009 21,157
2009-2010 20,843 -1.4
2010-2011 21,390 2.6
2011-2012 22,833 6.7
2012-2013 23,184 1.5
2013-2014 23,522 1.4

District schools

Sioux Falls School District operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Sioux Falls School District
Anne Sullivan Elementary School
Axtell Park Middle School
Challenge Center Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary School
Discovery Elementary School
Edison Middle School
Eugene Field A+ Elementary School
FIC at Jane Addams Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School
Harvey Dunn Elementary School
Hawthorne Hayward Elementary School
Horace Mann Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Joe Foss Alternative School
John F. Kennedy (JFK) Elementary School
John Harris Elementary School
Laura B. Anderson Elementary School
Laura Wilder Elementary School
Lincoln High School
Longfellow Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Mark Twain Elementary School
Memorial Middle School
New Technology High School
Oscar Howe Elementary School
Patrick Henry Middle School
R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School
Renberg Elementary School
Robert Frost Elementary School
Roosevelt High School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Terry Redlin Elementary School
Washington High School
Whittier Middle School

Academic performance

South Dakota holds annual measurable objectives in reading and math. The latest available data is from the 2010-2011 school year. The percent of Sioux Falls School District students demonstrating proficiency in reading and math continued to exceed the annual proficiency goals set by the State for the Dakota. The District high school graduation rate was 81% in 2011 and the K-8 attendance rate was 96%. All schools met the required participation rate.[15]

Sioux Falls School District Proficiency 2011
Subject State K-8 Grades 3-6 Grades 6-8
Reading 69% 78% 77%
Math 72% 78% 80%
Sioux Falls School District Proficiency 2011
Subject State 9-12 Grades 9-12
Reading 62% 71%
Math 63% 73%

Contact information

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Siox Falls School District

201 E. 38th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-5898

Phone: (605) 367-7900

Website evaluation

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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
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Public Records
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[16]
    • Checkbook register information is available.[17]
    • Budgets are archived dating back to 2002-2003 school year.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with phone numbers on department pages.
    • The Staff directory lists all employees and their contact information, including personalized emails.[18]
  • Elected Officials
    • School board members are listed with contact information.[19]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and most recent agenda posted.[20][21][22]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[23]
  • Contracts
    • Bidding information and currents bid are posted.[24]
    • Pay schedules are posted for the administrative officials, teachers and non-teaching employees.[25]
    • Vendor contracts are available in the Minutes from Previous Meetings section.[26]
  • Background Checks
    • Information is available regarding background checks.[27]
  • Academic reports
    • Under School Board, Reports one can find a series of academic performance reports.[28]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down in the budget reports by local, state and federal funding.[29]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Business Manager. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[30]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Archived agendas are not available for the past three years.
  • Contracts

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1., Beth Wischmeyer, "Sioux Falls School District appealing graduation rate," August 28, 2013
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Minnehaha County, South Dakota," accessed February 24, 2015
  4. South Dakota Secretary of State, "Search for historical election data," accessed February 24, 2015
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Sioux Falls Development Foundation, "Homan is voice for education on SFDF board," accessed February 18, 2014
  8. Sioux Falls School District, "School Board," accessed February 18, 2014
  9. Sioux Falls School District, "Policies," accessed February 18, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Sioux Falls School District, "2014-2015 Budget Book," accessed December 15, 2014
  12. Sioux Falls School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed February 18, 2014
  13. South Dakota Department of Education," Student Enrollment, accessed February 18, 2014
  14. Sioux Falls School District, "Schools," accessed January 29, 2013
  15. Sioux Falls School District, "Academics," accessed February 18, 2014
  16. Sioux Falls School District, "Budgets," accessed January 29, 2013
  17. Sioux Falls School District, "Checkbook Catalogue," accessed January 29, 2013
  18. Sioux Falls School District, "Staff Directory," accessed January 29, 2013 (timed out)
  19. Sioux Falls School District, "School Board," accessed January 29, 2013
  20. Sioux Falls School District, "Meeting Schedule," accessed January 29, 2013
  21. Sioux Falls School District, "Minutes," accessed January 29, 2013
  22. Sioux Falls School District, "Agenda," accessed January 29, 2013
  23. Sioux Falls School District, "Audits," accessed January 29, 2013
  24. Sioux Falls School District, "Purchasing," accessed January 29, 2013
  25. Sioux Falls School District, "Payroll Schedules," accessed January 29, 2013
  26. Sioux Falls School District, "Contracts," accessed January 29, 2013
  27. Sioux Falls School District, "Background Check," accessed January 29, 2013
  28. Sioux Falls School District, "School Board Reports," accessed January 29, 2013
  29. Sioux Falls School District, "Budget Books," accessed January 29, 2013
  30. 'Sioux Falls School District, "Public Records Policy," accessed January 29, 2013